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Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:58:04 +1000
From: Sam Fowler <>
To:, Frederic Branczyk <>,,,
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Security release of kube-state-metrics

CVE-2019-10223 has been assigned to this issue.

Sam Fowler, Red Hat Product Security

On 9/8/19 11:08 pm, Frederic Branczyk wrote:
> Hello Kubernetes Community-
> A security issue was discovered in the v1.7.0 and v1.7.1 versions of
> kube-state-metrics [1]. The issue is of Medium severity level and upgrading
> to the latest release v1.7.2 [2] of kube-state-metrics is highly encouraged
> to fix this issue, as well as deleting the time-series data that could
> potentially disclose secret information.
> *Am I vulnerable?*
> If you are using the kube-state-metrics versions v1.7.0 or v1.7.1, you are
> running a vulnerable version. To find out which version you are running,
> you can verify the image tag of your kube-state-metrics deployment.
> The following commands should give you the deployed image tag. (Please note
> that this may vary depending on which namespace kube-state-metrics is
> deployed in and the deployment name itself):
> ```
> kubectl get deployment -n kube-system kube-state-metrics -o yaml | grep
> image:
> ```
> *How do I mitigate the vulnerability?*
> Update the image of kube-state-metrics to `
> If you are unable to upgrade to the latest version of kube-state-metrics,
> you can filter out all of the annotation metrics by passing the following
> flag to `kube-state-metrics`:
> ```
> --metric-blacklist="kube_.*_annotations"
> ```
> Make sure to delete all the time series data from Prometheus as well, below
> is an example command. (Note that this will only work from Prometheus v2.1
> onward. More details on time series data deletion can be found in the
> Prometheus docs [3])
> ```
> # This command deletes all of the annotation metrics emitted by
> kube-state-metrics
> curl -X POST -g '
> http://localhost:9090/api/v1/admin/tsdb/delete_series?match[]={__name__=~
> "kube_.+_annotations"}'
> ```
> This requires the Admin APIs to be enabled. Start Prometheus with the
> `--web.enable-admin-api` flag to do so.
> Please remember that the delete API only marks the time-series data for
> deletion. The actual removal happens during the next compaction process. To
> trigger this, the clean tombstones API can be used:
> ```
> curl -X POST http://localhost:9090/api/v1/admin/tsdb/clean_tombstones
> ```
> *Vulnerability Details*
> An experimental feature was added to the v1.7.0 release that enabled
> annotations to be exposed as metrics. By default, the kube-state-metrics
> metrics only expose metadata about Secrets. However, a combination of the
> default `kubectl` behavior and this new feature can cause the entire secret
> content to end up in metric labels thus inadvertently exposing the secret
> content in metrics.
> We are not aware of other annotations that disclose information in the same
> way, but as a precaution we have reverted the feature and will think more
> thoroughly about the implications should we ever introduce something like
> it again.
> This feature has been reverted and released as the v1.7.2 release. If you
> are running the v1.7.0 or v1.7.1 release, please upgrade to the v1.7.2
> release as soon as possible.
> Thank you to Moritz S. for reporting this issue! Also thank you to Tariq
> Ibrahim, Frederic Branczyk and Lili Cosic for the coordination in making
> the fix and release.
> Thank you for your understanding,
> kube-state-metrics maintainers
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]

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