Do not admit containers wishing to share host process ID namespace

Error: Containers wishing to share host process ID namespace admitted

Bridgecrew Policy ID: BC_K8S_1
Checkov Check ID: CKV_K8S_1
Severity: MEDIUM

Containers wishing to share host process ID namespace admitted


When process namespace sharing is enabled, processes in a container are visible to all other containers in that pod. This feature can enable configuring cooperating containers that do not include debugging tools, such as a logger sidecar container or troubleshooting container images.

Sharing the host process ID namespace breaks the isolation between container images and can make processes visible to other containers in the pod. This includes all information in the /proc directory, which can sometimes include passwords or keys, passed as environment variables.

We recommend you do not admit containers wishing to share the host process ID namespace.

Fix - Buildtime


  • Resource: PodSecurityPolicy
  • Argument: hostPID (Optional)
    When set to false, Pod are unable to use their host's PID namespace.
apiVersion: policy/v1beta1
kind: PodSecurityPolicy
  name: <policy name>
+ hostPID: false

To use a PodSecurityPolicy resource the requesting user or target pod’s service account must be authorized to use the policy. The preferred method is to grant access to the service account. In the following example we use RBAC, a standard Kubernetes authorization mode.

A Role or ClusterRole must grant access to use the desired policies.

Kind: ClusterRole

kind: ClusterRole
  name: <role name>
- apiGroups: ['policy']
  resources: ['podsecuritypolicies']
  verbs:     ['use']
  - <policy name>

The ClusterRole is then bound to the authorized service(s):

Kind: ClusterRoleBinding

kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: <binding name>
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: <role name>
- kind: ServiceAccount
  name: <authorized service account name>
  namespace: <authorized pod namespace>