Enforce Pod Security Standards by Configuring the Built-in Admission Controller

Kubernetes provides a built-in admission controller to enforce the Pod Security Standards. You can configure this admission controller to set cluster-wide defaults and exemptions.

Before you begin

Following an alpha release in Kubernetes v1.22, Pod Security Admission became available by default in Kubernetes v1.23, as a beta. From version 1.25 onwards, Pod Security Admission is generally available.

To check the version, enter kubectl version.

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Configure the Admission Controller

apiVersion: apiserver.config.k8s.io/v1
kind: AdmissionConfiguration
- name: PodSecurity
    apiVersion: pod-security.admission.config.k8s.io/v1 # see compatibility note
    kind: PodSecurityConfiguration
    # Defaults applied when a mode label is not set.
    # Level label values must be one of:
    # - "privileged" (default)
    # - "baseline"
    # - "restricted"
    # Version label values must be one of:
    # - "latest" (default) 
    # - specific version like "v1.30"
      enforce: "privileged"
      enforce-version: "latest"
      audit: "privileged"
      audit-version: "latest"
      warn: "privileged"
      warn-version: "latest"
      # Array of authenticated usernames to exempt.
      usernames: []
      # Array of runtime class names to exempt.
      runtimeClasses: []
      # Array of namespaces to exempt.
      namespaces: []
Last modified October 17, 2023 at 2:00 PM PST: Update enforce-standards-admission-controller.md (2d8edf7829)