CVE-2021-25735: Validating Admission Webhook does not observe some previous fields

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Tim Allclair

Apr 14, 2021, 12:04:34 PM4/14/21
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A security issue was discovered in kube-apiserver that could allow node updates to bypass a Validating Admission Webhook. You are only affected by this vulnerability if you run a Validating Admission Webhook for Nodes that denies admission based at least partially on the old state of the Node object.

This issue has been rated Medium (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:H), and assigned CVE-2021-25735.

Note: This only impacts validating admission plugins that rely on old values in certain fields, and does not impact calls from kubelets that go through the built-in NodeRestriction admission plugin.

Affected Versions

  • kube-apiserver v1.20.0 - v1.20.5

  • kube-apiserver v1.19.0 - v1.19.9

  • kube-apiserver <= v1.18.17

Fixed Versions

This issue is fixed in the following versions:

  • kube-apiserver v1.21.0

  • kube-apiserver v1.20.6

  • kube-apiserver v1.19.10

  • kube-apiserver v1.18.18


If you find evidence that this vulnerability has been exploited, please contact

Additional Details

See Kubernetes Issue #100096 for more details.


This vulnerability was reported by Rogerio Bastos & Ari Lima from RedHat

Thank You,

Tim Allclair on behalf of the Kubernetes Product Security Committee

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