Required Pod Capabilities

If pod security policies are enforced in your cluster and unless you use Istio CNI Plugin, your pods must have the NET_ADMIN capability allowed. The initialization containers of the Envoy proxies require this capability. To check which capabilities are allowed for your pods, check if their service account can use a pod security policy that allows the NET_ADMIN capability.

If you don't specify a service account in your pods’ deployment, the pods run as the default service account in their deployment's namespace.

To check which capabilities are allowed for the service account of your pods, run the following command:

$ for psp in $(kubectl get psp -o jsonpath="{range .items[*]}{@.metadata.name}{'\n'}{end}"); do if [ $(kubectl auth can-i use psp/$psp --as=system:serviceaccount:<your namespace>:<your service account>) = yes ]; then kubectl get psp/$psp --no-headers -o=custom-columns=NAME:.metadata.name,CAPS:.spec.allowedCapabilities; fi; done

For example, to check which capabilities are allowed for the default service account in the default namespace, run the following command:

$ for psp in $(kubectl get psp -o jsonpath="{range .items[*]}{@.metadata.name}{'\n'}{end}"); do if [ $(kubectl auth can-i use psp/$psp --as=system:serviceaccount:default:default) = yes ]; then kubectl get psp/$psp --no-headers -o=custom-columns=NAME:.metadata.name,CAPS:.spec.allowedCapabilities; fi; done

If you see NET_ADMIN or * in the list of capabilities of one of the allowed policies for your service account, your pods have permission to run the Istio init containers. Otherwise, you must provide such permission.