Only trusted users are allowed to control Docker daemon
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Only trusted users are allowed to control Docker daemon

docker

Classification:

compliance

Framework:

cis-docker

Control:

1.2.2

Overview

Description

The Docker daemon requires access to the Docker socket which is, by default, owned by the user root and the group docker.

Rationale

Docker allows you to share a directory between the Docker host and a guest container without limiting the access rights of the container. This means that you can start a container and map the / directory on your host to the container. The container is able to modify your host file system without any restrictions. This means that you could gain elevated privileges simply by being a member of the docker group and subsequently start a container which maps the root / directory on the host.

Audit

Run the following command on the Docker host to see the members of the docker group, and ensure that only trusted users are members:

getent group docker

Remediation

You should remove any untrusted users from the docker group. Additionally, you should not create a mapping of sensitive directories from the host to container volumes.

Impact

Provided the proceeding instructions are implemented, rights to build and execute containers as normal user would be restricted.

Default Value

Not Applicable

References

  1. [https://docs.docker.com/engine/security/security/#docker-daemon-attack-surface]
  2. [https://www.andreas-jung.com/contents/on-docker-security-docker-group-considered-harmful]
  3. [http://www.projectatomic.io/blog/2015/08/why-we-dont-let-non-root-users-run-docker-in-centos-fedora-or-rhel/]

CIS Controls

Version 6.5.1 Minimize And Sparingly Use Administrative Privileges - Minimize administrative privileges and only use administrative accounts when they are required. Implement focused auditing on the use of administrative privileged functions and monitor for anomalous behavior.