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This policy has been deprecated in favor of lacework-global-648.

See Adjusted Rules - CIS Amazon EKS 1.1.0 for further details.

4.2.1 Minimize the admission of privileged containers (Automated)

Profile Applicability

• Level 1


Do not generally permit containers to be run with the securityContext.privileged flag set to true.


Privileged containers have access to all Linux Kernel capabilities and devices. A container running with full privileges can do almost everything that the host can do. This flag exists to allow special use-cases, like manipulating the network stack and accessing devices.

There should be at least one PodSecurityPolicy (PSP) defined which does not permit privileged containers.

If you need to run privileged containers, this should be defined in a separate PSP and you should carefully check RBAC controls to ensure that only limited service accounts and users are given permission to access that PSP.


Pods defined with spec.containers[].securityContext.privileged: true will not be permitted.


Get the set of PSPs with the following command:

kubectl get psp

For each PSP, check whether privileged is enabled:

kubectl get psp -o json

Verify that there is at least one PSP which does not return true.

kubectl get psp <name> -o=jsonpath='{.spec.privileged}'


Create a PSP as described in the Kubernetes documentation, ensuring that the .spec.privileged field is omitted or set to false.