Services exposed and ports used

Services can be placed in two groups based on the network interface they bind to. Services binding to the localhost interface are only available from within the host. Services binding to the default host interface are available from outside the host and thus are subject to access restrictions.

Services binding to the default Host interface

Port Service Access Restrictions
16443 API server SSL encrypted. Clients need to present a valid password from a Static Password File.
10250 kubelet Anonymous authentication is disabled. X509 client certificate is required.
10255 kubelet Read only port for the Kubelet.
25000 cluster-agent Proper token required to authorise actions.
12379 etcd SSL encrypted. Client certificates required to connect.
10257 kube-controller Serve HTTPS with authentication and authorization.
10259 kube-scheduler Serve HTTPS with authentication and authorization.

Services binding to the localhost interface

Port Service Description
10248 kubelet Localhost healthz endpoint.
10249 kube-proxy Port for the metrics server to serve on.
10251 kube-schedule Port on which to serve HTTP insecurely.
10252 kube-controller Port on which to serve HTTP insecurely.
10256 kube-proxy Port to bind the health check server.
2380 etcd Used for peer connections.
1338 containerd Metrics port

Containerd and etcd

Both these services are exposed through unix sockets.

Service Socket
containerd unix:///var/snap/microk8s/common/run/containerd.sock

Authentication and authorization

Upon deployment MicroK8s creates a CA, a signed server certificate and a service account key file. These files are stored under /var/microk8s/current/certs. Kubelet and the API server are aware of the same CA and so the signed server certificate is used by the API server to authenticate with kubelet (--kubelet-client-certificate). Clients talking to the secure port of the API server (16443) have to also be aware of the CA (certificate-authority-data in user kubeconfig).

The authentication strategies enabled by default are:

  • Static Password File, with password tokens and usernames stored in /var/snap/microk8s/current/credentials/basic_token.csv
  • Static Token File with tokens in /var/snap/microk8s/current/credentials/known_tokens.csv, and
  • X509 Client Certs with the client CA file set to /var/snap/microk8s/current/certs/ca.crt. Under /var/snap/microk8s/current/credentials/ you can find the client.config kubeconfig file used by microk8s.kubectl.

By default all authenticated requests are authorized as the api-server runs with --authorization-mode=AlwaysAllow. Turning on RBAC is done through microk8s.enable rbac.