November 18, 2019 | San Diego, California
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Monday, November 18 • 9:20am - 9:50am
The Path Less Traveled: Abusing Kubernetes Defaults - Duffie Cooley, VMware & Ian Coldwater, Heroku

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While the industry and the community are starting to pay attention to Kubernetes security, there are many attack paths that aren’t well-documented, and are rarely discussed. This lack of information can make your clusters vulnerable.

In this live demonstration-filled talk, we are going to provide an overview of the Kubernetes control plane before using sigs.k8s.io/kind to show some of the attack surface exposed by a default configuration of Kubernetes. There will be multiple exploits involving various moving parts, including cluster takeovers and host escapes. We’ll show you mitigations, and then show you how to get around those.

The audience will walk away from this talk with a better understanding of Kubernetes’ default attack surface, how it can be exploited, and how to keep their clusters safer.

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Duffie Cooley

Duffie Cooley, VMware
Duffie is a Staff Cloud Native Architect at VMware focused on helping enterprises find success with technologies like Kubernetes. Duffie has been working with all things virtualization and networking for 20 years and remembers most of it. He likes to present on topics ranging from... Read More →
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Ian Coldwater

Director of Offensive Security, Twilio
Ian Coldwater is co-chair of Kubernetes SIG Security, a CNCF Ambassador, and a security researcher specializing in hacking and hardening Kubernetes, containers, and cloud native infrastructure. In their spare time, they like to read all the docs, participate in Capture the Flag competitions... Read More →

Monday November 18, 2019 9:20am - 9:50am PST
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - San Diego Ballroom A