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This policy has been deprecated in favor of lacework-global-650.

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

4.2.3 Minimize the admission of containers wishing to share the host Inter-Process Communication (IPC) namespace (Automated)

Profile Applicability

• Level 1


Do not generally permit the running of containers with the hostIPC flag set to true.


A container running in the host's IPC namespace can use IPC to interact with processes outside the container.

There should be at least one PodSecurityPolicy (PSP) defined which does not permit containers to share the host IPC namespace.

If you have a requirement to containers which require hostIPC, 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.hostIPC: true will not be permitted unless they are run under a specific PSP.


Get the set of PSPs with the following command:

kubectl get psp

For each PSP, check whether privileged is enabled:

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

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


Create a Pod Security Policy (PSP) as described in the Kubernetes documentation, omitting the .spec.hostIPC field or setting it to false.