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This operator automatically updates security report resources in response to workload and other changes on a Kubernetes cluster - for example, initiating a vulnerability scan and configuration audit when a new Pod is started.

Workload reconcilers discover K8s controllers, manage scan jobs, and create VulnerabilityReport and ConfigAuditReport objects.

In other words, the desired state for the controllers managed by this operator is that for each workload or node there are security reports stored in the cluster as custom resources. Each custom resource is owned by a built-in resource to inherit its life cycle. Beyond that, we take advantage of Kubernetes garbage collector to automatically delete stale reports and trigger rescan. For example, deleting a ReplicaSet will delete controlee VulnerabilityReports, whereas deleting a VulnerabilityReport owned by a ReplicaSet will rescan that ReplicaSet and eventually recreate the VulnerabilityReport.

Rescan is also triggered whenever a config of a configuration audit plugin has changed. For example, when a new OPA policy script is added to the Confest plugin config. This is implemented by adding the label named plugin-config-hash to ConfigAuditReport instances. The plugins' config reconciler watches the ConfigMap that holds plugin settings and computes a hash from the ConfigMap's data. The hash is then compared with values of the plugin-config-hash labels. If hashes are not equal then affected ConfigAuditReport objects are deleted, which in turn triggers rescan - this time with new plugin's configuration.

Plugin configuration reconciler deletes ConfigAuditReports whenever the configuration changes.


Currently, the operator supports vulnerabilityreports, configauditreports security resources. We also plan to implement rescan on configurable schedule, for example every 24 hours.

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