Ensure that the --rotate-certificates argument is not set to false




Enable kubelet client certificate rotation.


The '--rotate-certificates' setting causes the kubelet to rotate its client certificates by creating new CSRs as its existing credentials expire. This automated periodic rotation ensures that the there is no downtime due to expired certificates and thus addressing availability in the CIA security triad.

Note: This recommendation only applies if you let kubelets get their certificates from the API server. In case your kubelet certificates come from an outside authority/tool (e.g. Vault) then you need to take care of rotation yourself.

Note: This feature also require the 'RotateKubeletClientCertificate' feature gate to be enabled (which is the default since Kubernetes v1.7)



Remediation Method 1:

If modifying the Kubelet config file, edit the kubelet-config.json file '/etc/kubernetes/kubelet/kubelet-config.json' and set the below parameter to false


Remediation Method 2:

If using executable arguments, edit the kubelet service file '/etc/systemd/system/kubelet.service.d/10-kubelet-args.conf' on each worker node and add the below parameter at the end of the 'KUBELET_ARGS' variable string.