Posts under Container Security
After considering nearly two dozen security projects, Gartner analysts included container security on their list of top projects to undertake in 2019 at the Security and Risk Management conference last week. Analyst Brian Reed highlighted the flexibility and faster pace of application innovation that containers enable, noting that “with that speed comes the drawback that we haven’t started securing [containers] from the point of development.” Brian’s advice at the conference, along with other written research from Gartner analysts, calls out a few requirements to consider:
Today news broke that Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) is buying container security startup Twistlock for approximately $410 million. The acquisition provides great validation of the container security market and broader cloud-native security market. Twistlock is Palo Alto’s third security acquisition since Nikesh Arora took over as CEO and reflects the growing importance of the broader cloud security market. Enterprises today are looking for ways to enforce security and compliance policies as they embrace the business benefits of cloud-native application architectures across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments.
Greetings from the Red Hat Summit in Boston! We had a great time at OpenShift Commons yesterday, and today we’re talking to folks about some joint news between StackRox and Red Hat – the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform is now available as a Red Hat certified container, and customers can get our software through the Red Hat Container Catalog. This certification makes it easier for OpenShift customers to access enhanced security and compliance capabilities that complement Red Hat’s Kubernetes platform.
What happened? In an email to customers, Kent Lamb, Director of Docker Support, wrote “During a brief period of unauthorized access to a Docker Hub database, sensitive data from approximately 190,000 accounts may have been exposed (less than 5% of Hub users). Data includes usernames and hashed passwords for a small percentage of these users, as well as Github and Bitbucket tokens for Docker autobuilds.” As a result of this breach, it’s possible that images in your Docker Hub repository may have been tampered with or overwritten.
We’re excited to announce today that we’ve added support for the latest version of the Google Cloud Security Command Center (Cloud SCC). StackRox has collaborated with the Cloud SCC team as part of our Google Cloud partnership since Cloud SCC’s alpha release, and we’re excited that the platform is now generally available. The StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform enables customers to meet their security and compliance requirements across the container lifecycle, and we’ve integrated deeply with Kubernetes to deliver the key capabilities essential to an effective container security solution.
The container orchestrator war is over, and Kubernetes has won. With companies large and small rapidly adopting the platform, security has emerged as an important concern – partly because of the learning curve inherent in understanding any new infrastructure, and partly because of recently announced vulnerabilities. Kubernetes brings another security dynamic to the table – its defaults are geared towards making it easy for users to get up and running quickly, as well as being backward compatible with earlier releases of Kubernetes that lacked important security features.
Two Kubernetes security vulnerabilities were disclosed yesterday: CVE-2019-1002101, a high severity issue, and CVE-2019-9946, a medium severity issue. Read on for a description of the vulnerabilities and their impact, how to know whether you’re affected, and what the remediation steps are. CVE-2019-1002101: kubectl cp could replace or delete files on a user machine This vulnerability is in the kubectl binary – specifically, in the kubectl cp command. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to write files to any path on the user’s machine, limited only by the system permissions of the local user.
Kubernetes provides several built-in security capabilities, including network security, resource isolation, access control, and logging and auditing. One of the more recent security capabilities is a group of plugins known as admission controllers. Admission controllers enable governance and enforcement of how clusters are used. Kubernetes ships with over 30 admission controllers, which are listed here along with their descriptions. This article assumes you have a basic understanding of admission controllers, but if you are unfamiliar with them, check out Kubernetes reference guide on admission controllers to learn more.
A vulnerability in runC, which allows an attacker to gain host-level code execution by breaking out of a running container, was discovered and reported by Adam Iwaniuk and Borys Poplawski in early January and published as CVE-2019-5736 on 11 February 2019. This vulnerability is highly significant in that it: enables container isolation breakout with minimal interaction from an authorized host user; typically allows an attacker to obtain root privileges on the host; negatively impacts most container environments because many containers run with default Docker security settings and default user (UID 0); and affects runC, the most commonly used low-level container runtime in Docker and Kubernetes environments.
In a news release today, we detailed new capabilities in the latest version of the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform that enable better visibility, more nuanced risk profiling, and more streamlined network policy enforcement. In every case, these new features derive directly from our deep integrations with Kubernetes. About a year ago, we faced a difficult decision – continue our support of a broad array of orchestrator platforms or narrow our focus to supporting just Kubernetes.
When we officially launched the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform about 18 months ago, we highlighted that microservices, containers, and Kubernetes were the next stage in the evolution of application development in the cloud-native stack. While DevOps embraced microservices and its advantages in delivering unprecedented speed, efficiency, and portability, security teams were frequently left in the dark or brought in a little too late. Today, security teams are proactively working with DevOps to ensure that their organization’s security and compliance requirements are adequately addressed before new apps go live.
More and more organizations are transforming their businesses by embracing DevOps principles, microservice design patterns, and container and orchestrator technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes. While security teams have the same mission regardless of the technology stack in use – keep the bad guys out and find and stop them if they do break in – the tools and tactics security staff employ must change to accommodate this infrastructure shift.
The year 2018 was a watershed for containers, container security, and Kubernetes. Tesla got hacked, the most critical Kubernetes vulnerability to date was discovered, IBM bought RedHat for $34 billion (in large part for OpenShift), VMware bought Heptio for more than $500 million, and investors poured money into container technology startups at an ever-increasing pace. The Following five blog articles capture and distill the big picture trends in container adoption and Kubernetes security in 2018.
The advent of containers has not only made application development and deployment simpler, scalable, and portable but also enabled more inherent security compared to traditional application development technologies and methodologies. You can leverage many inherent security advantages as you move applications to containers – even if you’re porting a monolithic app and not yet adopting microservices. With containers, you can: Minimize your attack surface much more effectively than is possible with a virtual machine (VM) or bare metal server by reducing functionality in the container to the bare minimum set of processes, image components, filesystem access, and other settings.
This week StackRox launched the industry’s first ever State of Container Security report. To compile the findings, we surveyed more than 230 IT leaders across operations and security roles. Some responses came as no surprise – the dominance of Docker and Kubernetes, for example, or the breadth of industries using containers to accelerate application roll out. But many results did surprise us – including the extent to which security leads the list of concerns about companies’ container strategies.
Today we posted the news that we’ve adopted StackRox to secure our environment. I wanted to share a bit about our thought process and results in hopes of helping others like us. Security is difficult to manage at every level of technology development, from building a simple web app to running enormous platforms like the tech giants manage — recent tech headlines just prove this point. Like other early-stage SaaS startups, we here at Mux face the combined challenges of having limited resources, a relatively large technology footprint, and the obvious focus on building strong product features.