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3.2.4 Ensure that the --read-only-port is secured (Automated)


This rule has been changed to automated, see Automated Policies for CIS Amazon EKS 1.1.0 for details.

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Disable the read-only port.


The Kubelet process provides a read-only API in addition to the main Kubelet API. Unauthenticated access is provided to this read-only API which could possibly retrieve potentially sensitive information about the cluster.


Removal of the read-only port will require that any service which made use of it will need to be re-configured to use the main Kubelet API.


If using a Kubelet configuration file, check that there is an entry for authentication: anonymous: enabled set to 0.

First, SSH to the relevant node:

Run the following command on each node to find the appropriate Kubelet config file:

ps -ef | grep kubelet

The output of the above command should return something similar to --config /etc/kubernetes/kubelet/kubelet-config.json which is the location of the Kubelet config file.

Open the Kubelet config file:

cat /etc/kubernetes/kubelet/kubelet-config.json

Verify that the --read-only-port argument exists and is set to 0.

If the --read-only-port argument is not present, check that there is a Kubelet config file specified by --config. Check that if there is a readOnlyPort entry in the file, it is set to 0.


If modifying the Kubelet config file, edit the kubelet-config.json file /etc/kubernetes/kubelet/kubelet-config.json and set the "readOnlyPort" parameter to 0.

If using executable arguments, edit the kubelet service file /etc/systemd/system/kubelet.service.d/10-kubelet-args.conf on each worker node and add the below parameter at the end of the KUBELET_ARGS variable string:


For either remediation method: Based on the node's service manager (the example below is for systemctl), restart the kubelet service and check status:

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart kubelet.service
systemctl status kubelet -l