Ensure AKS API server defines authorized IP ranges

Error: AKS API server does not define authorized IP ranges

Bridgecrew Policy ID: BC_AZR_KUBERNETES_3
Checkov Check ID: CKV_AZURE_6
Severity: LOW

AKS API server does not define authorized IP ranges


The AKS API server receives requests to perform actions in the cluster , for example, to create resources, and scale the number of nodes. The API server provides a secure way to manage a cluster.

To enhance cluster security and minimize attacks, the API server should only be accessible from a limited set of IP address ranges. These IP ranges allow defined IP address ranges to communicate with the API server. A request made to the API server from an IP address that is not part of these authorized IP ranges is blocked.

Fix - Runtime

CLI Command

When you specify a CIDR range, start with the first IP address in the range.

az aks create \
    --resource-group myResourceGroup \
    --name myAKSCluster \
    --node-count 1 \
    --vm-set-type VirtualMachineScaleSets \
    --load-balancer-sku standard \
    --api-server-authorized-ip-ranges \

Fix - Buildtime


  • Resource: azurerm_kubernetes_cluster
  • Argument: api_server_authorized_ip_ranges (Optional)
    The IP ranges to whitelist for incoming traffic to the masters.
resource "azurerm_resource_group" "example" {
  name     = "example-resources"
  location = "West Europe"

resource "azurerm_kubernetes_cluster" "example" {
+	api_server_authorized_ip_ranges = ''

output "client_certificate" {
  value = azurerm_kubernetes_cluster.example.kube_config.0.client_certificate

output "kube_config" {
  value = azurerm_kubernetes_cluster.example.kube_config_raw

ARM Templates

  • Resource: Microsoft.ContainerService/managedClusters
  • Argument: apiServerAuthorizedIPRanges
  "name": "string",
  "type": "Microsoft.ContainerService/managedClusters",
  "apiVersion": "2019-06-01",
  "location": "string",
  "tags": {},
  "properties": {
    "kubernetesVersion": "string",
    "dnsPrefix": "string",
    "agentPoolProfiles": [
        "count": "integer",
        "vmSize": "string",
        "osDiskSizeGB": "integer",
        "vnetSubnetID": "string",
        "maxPods": "integer",
        "osType": "string",
        "maxCount": "integer",
        "minCount": "integer",
        "enableAutoScaling": "boolean",
        "type": "string",
        "orchestratorVersion": "string",
        "availabilityZones": [
        "enableNodePublicIP": "boolean",
        "scaleSetPriority": "string",
        "scaleSetEvictionPolicy": "string",
        "nodeTaints": [
        "name": "string"
    "linuxProfile": {
      "adminUsername": "string",
      "ssh": {
        "publicKeys": [
            "keyData": "string"
    "windowsProfile": {
      "adminUsername": "string",
      "adminPassword": "string"
    "servicePrincipalProfile": {
      "clientId": "string",
      "secret": "string"
    "addonProfiles": {},
    "nodeResourceGroup": "string",
    "enableRBAC": "boolean",
    "enablePodSecurityPolicy": "boolean",
    "networkProfile": {
      "networkPlugin": "string",
      "networkPolicy": "string",
      "podCidr": "string",
      "serviceCidr": "string",
      "dnsServiceIP": "string",
      "dockerBridgeCidr": "string",
      "loadBalancerSku": "string"
    "aadProfile": {
      "clientAppID": "string",
      "serverAppID": "string",
      "serverAppSecret": "string",
      "tenantID": "string"
 +  "apiServerAuthorizedIPRanges": [
  "identity": {
    "type": "string"
  "resources": []