CNTR-K8-000220 - The Kubernetes Controller Manager must create unique service accounts for each work payload.


The Kubernetes Controller Manager is a background process that embeds core control loops regulating cluster system state through the API Server. Every process executed in a pod has an associated service account. By default, service accounts use the same credentials for authentication. Implementing the default settings poses a High risk to the Kubernetes Controller Manager. Setting the use-service-account-credential value lowers the attack surface by generating unique service accounts settings for each controller instance.


Edit the Kubernetes Controller Manager manifest file in the /etc/kubernetes/manifests directory on the Kubernetes Master Node. Set the value of 'use-service-account-credentials' to 'true'.

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This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Access Control.This control applies to the following type of system Unix.