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Introducing Lens Security Center

Lee Namba - March 16, 2023
Lens security center

In today’s world, security is of utmost importance for all organizations, and we understand that at Lens. That’s why we’re proud to introduce Lens Security Center, a feature that empowers Lens users to identify vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in their workloads and clusters with ease. The best part? It’s already built into Lens Desktop, so there’s no need for additional installations. All you need to do is connect to your cluster and start scanning. Lens Security Center surfaces potential vulnerabilities in images, resources, roles and cluster roles that are immediately relevant and actionable. You can drill down and get more information about any CVEs or misconfigurations that are flagged. You can even set up automatic scanning by deploying an operator to your cluster with a simple toggle switch.

We understand that some organizations may already have a centralized scanning system in place. However, detecting vulnerabilities earlier in the development cycle, before even reaching a CI/CD system, can save you time, money, and reduce risks. With Lens Security Center, you can easily integrate your existing scanning system and see those vulnerabilities directly in Lens. This eliminates the need to jump between multiple dashboards and get overwhelmed by CVEs to find what you’re looking for.

We are excited to offer Lens Security Center as part of our Lens Pro subscription. This feature provides additional layers of security for your workloads and clusters, giving you the peace of mind you need to focus on building great applications.

This release also brings some great new features including personalized avatars, support for additional Kubernetes Kinds, improved upgrading for Linux users and lots of other enhancements and bug fixes!

Lens Security Center

With Lens 6 we introduced Lens Security, which provides container image scanning and CVE reporting for everybody using Lens Desktop. Since then we have been hard at work and have expanded upon this feature and turned it into Lens Security Center. Let’s take a closer look!

Images

Images offers powerful container image scanning and CVE reporting capabilities. You can easily browse through the container images running in your cluster, namespace, deployment, or even pod and spot scan images to immediately see their vulnerabilities and correct them before they reach a centralized scanning system. The details of a CVE include its severity, the affected software and potential mitigations. For example, the scanner will surface images that could contain buffer overflows, out-of-bounds, denial of service, command injection, or code execution vulnerabilities.

Resources

Resources provides an immediate way to assess your images, workloads, and infrastructure components against Kubernetes configuration security standards. With Resources, you can quickly and easily check that your Kubernetes environment is configured in accordance with best practices, and identify potential security vulnerabilities before they become a problem. For example, you can verify that a deployment is not running as a root user, or confirm that it has set resource requests and limits. Or validate that sharing the host’s PID namespace does not allow visibility on host processes, potentially leaking information such as environment variables and configuration. These checks can be applied to a variety of Kubernetes workloads and other namespaced resources, including Services and ConfigMaps, providing comprehensive security coverage across your Kubernetes resources.

Roles & Cluster Roles

Lens Security Center offers comprehensive scanning of the roles, cluster roles, access rights, and permissions of critical resources within your Kubernetes cluster. You can quickly and easily verify that your Kubernetes environment is configured to meet your organization’s security requirements. For example, you can check that a given role does not expose permissions to secrets for all groups, which can help prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data. You can see which roles permit specific verbs on wildcard resources. Or you can check whether a role permits update/create of a malicious pod.

Get Social with Avatars

Personalize your Lens experience with your own avatar! Whether you’re inviting new members to a Space, seeing who’s connected to a shared cluster, or discovering members of the Lens community in our forums, your avatar will make you stand out. You can choose a photo of yourself, a character you like, or a custom design. Uploading your avatar is easy and takes only a few seconds.

Lens social avatars

Support for Additional Kubernetes Kinds

As the Kubernetes API evolves, we strive to have comprehensive coverage and have recently incorporated support for several new Kubernetes Kinds, including Vertical Pod Autoscaler, Ingress Classes, Replication Controllers, and limited support for Sub-namespaces.

Improved Upgrading for Linux

We have improved the upgrade experience for Linux users by offering RPM packages natively built and released via YUM repository, as well as Deb packages released via APT repository.

Local TLS encryption

Lens Desktop has been updated to utilize TLS encryption for local internal communication, further increasing security.

Other Enhancements

  • HPAs get loaded using version v2 for newer Kubernetes, and new fields such as behavior and metrics are no longer broken.The versions of HPAs’ uses is now dynamic to the version hosted on the cluster.

Read the rest of this post on the Lens blog.

Lee Namba

Lee Namba is the product manager for Lens.

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