[Security Advisory] CVE-2020-8561: Webhook redirect in kube-apiserver

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Hausler, Micah

Sep 15, 2021, 5:16:25 PM9/15/21
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Hello Kubernetes Community,


A security issue was discovered in Kubernetes where actors that control the responses of MutatingWebhookConfiguration or ValidatingWebhookConfiguration requests are able to redirect kube-apiserver requests to private networks of the apiserver. If that user can view kube-apiserver logs when the log level is set to 10, they can view the redirected responses and headers in the logs.


This issue has been rated Medium (https://www.first.org/cvss/calculator/3.1#CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:L/I:N/A:N) (4.1), and assigned CVE-2020-8561

Am I vulnerable?


You may be vulnerable if `--profiling` is enabled on the kube-apiserver and actors who control a validating or mutating webhook can access the kube-apiserver process logs.

Affected Versions


This issue affects all known versions of kube-apiserver. 

How do I mitigate this vulnerability?


This issue can be mitigated by not allowing kube-apiserver access to sensitive resources or networks, or to reduce the “-v” flag value to less than 10 and set the “--profiling” flag value to “false” (default value is “true”). Setting the profiling flag to “false” prevents users from dynamically modifying the kube-apiserver log level, and the flag value Webhook requests may still be redirected to private networks with a log level less than 10, but the response body will not be logged.

Fixed Versions


There is no fix for this issue at this time.



Examining kube-apiserver log responses is the only known method of detection for this issue.

If you find evidence that this vulnerability has been exploited, please contact secu...@kubernetes.io

Additional Details


See the GitHub issue for more details: https://github.com/kubernetes/kubernetes/issues/104720



This vulnerability was reported by QiQi Xu


Thank You,


Micah Hausler on behalf of the Kubernetes Security Response Committee



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