Whenever I try to run kubectl logs on azure, I get the following error:

Error from server (Forbidden): Forbidden (user=system:anonymous, verb=get, resource=nodes, subresource=proxy) ( pods/log )

A similar error is returned for kubectl exec, kubectl attach and most helm commands:

error: unable to upgrade connection: Forbidden (user=system:anonymous, verb=create, resource=nodes, subresource=proxy)

This is a default azure aks installation. Problems started after upgrading from 1.8.10 to 1.9.x

kubectl api-versions

admissionregistration.k8s.io/v1alpha1 admissionregistration.k8s.io/v1beta1 apiextensions.k8s.io/v1beta1 apiregistration.k8s.io/v1beta1 apps/v1 apps/v1beta1 apps/v1beta2 authentication.k8s.io/v1 authentication.k8s.io/v1beta1 authorization.k8s.io/v1 authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1 autoscaling/v1 autoscaling/v2beta1 batch/v1 batch/v1beta1 certificates.k8s.io/v1beta1 events.k8s.io/v1beta1 extensions/v1beta1 networking.k8s.io/v1 policy/v1beta1 rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1 rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1beta1 storage.k8s.io/v1 storage.k8s.io/v1beta1 v1

kubectl version

Client Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"9", GitVersion:"v1.9.1", GitCommit:"3a1c9449a956b6026f075fa3134ff92f7d55f812", GitTreeState:"clean",BuildDate:"2018-01-04T11:52:23Z", GoVersion:"go1.9.2", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

Server Version: version.Info{Major:"1", Minor:"9", GitVersion:"v1.9.6", GitCommit:"9f8ebd171479bec0ada837d7ee641dec2f8c6dd1", GitTreeState:"clean",BuildDate:"2018-03-21T15:13:31Z", GoVersion:"go1.9.3", Compiler:"gc", Platform:"linux/amd64"}

  • As a temporary workaround for development i logged into the node and changed the /etc/defaults/kubelet file to use --authorization-mode=AllowAll instead of WebHook. I can kubectl logs now, but exec, attach and helm still don't work and i don't think this is a viable solution to the problem. Jun 7, 2018 at 13:21

2 Answers 2


i managed to create a workaround by applying this yaml:

apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
kind: ClusterRole
  name: anonymous-logs-role
- apiGroups: [""]
  resources: ["nodes/proxy"]
  verbs: ["create", "get"]
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: anonymous-logs-binding
  apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: anonymous-logs-role
- apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
  kind: User
  name: system:anonymous

this way logs, exec and attach work and the api server doesn't expose any information. not sure if there are any drawbacks...


This command will give your user (you) a cluster-admin role.

kubectl create clusterrolebinding me-cluster-admin \
    --clusterrole=cluster-admin \
  • That's right, but this gives cluster admin access to everyone - even on the web API. The yaml i posted doesn't give anonymous access to the web API. Still not sure if my solution is safe to use in production though. Jun 11, 2018 at 12:03

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