API server verifies the kubelet's certificate before establishing connection








Set up the kubernetes integration.


Verify kubelet’s certificate before establishing connection.


The connections from the apiserver to the kubelet are used for fetching logs for pods, attaching (through kubectl) to running pods, and using the kubelets port-forwarding functionality. These connections terminate at the kubelets HTTPS endpoint. By default, the apiserver does not verify the kubelets serving certificate, which makes the connection subject to man-in-the-middle attacks, and unsafe to run over untrusted and/or public networks.


Run the following command on the master node:

ps -ef | grep kube-apiserver

Verify that the --kubelet-certificate-authority argument exists and is set as appropriate.


Follow the Kubernetes documentation and setup the TLS connection between the apiserver and kubelets. Then, edit the API server pod specification file /etc/kubernetes/manifests/kube-apiserver.yaml on the master node and set the --kubelet-certificate-authority parameter to the path to the cert file for the certificate authority.



You require TLS to be configured on apiserver as well as kubelets.

Default value

By default, --kubelet-certificate-authority argument is not set.


  1. https://kubernetes.io/docs/admin/kube-apiserver/
  2. https://kubernetes.io/docs/admin/kubelet-authentication-authorization/
  3. https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/cluster-administration/master-node-communication/#apiserver---kubelet

CIS controls

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