The Falco Project, originally created by Sysdig, is an incubating CNCF open source cloud native runtime security tool. Falco makes it easy to consume kernel events, and enrich those events with information from Kubernetes and the rest of the cloud native stack. Falco has a rich set of security rules specifically built for Kubernetes, Linux, and cloud-native. If a rule is violated in a system, Falco will send an alert notifying the user of the violation and its severity.
If you would like to run Falco in production please adhere to the official installation guide.
|Helm||Chart Repository||The Falco community offers regular helm chart releases.|
|Minikube||Tutorial||The Falco driver has been baked into minikube for easy deployment.|
|Kind||Tutorial||Running Falco with kind requires a driver on the host system.|
|GKE||Tutorial||We suggest using the eBPF driver for running Falco on GKE.|
Falco is designed to be extensible such that it can be built into cloud-native applications and infrastructure.
What can Falco detect?
Falco can detect and alert on any behavior that involves making Linux system calls. Falco alerts can be triggered by the use of specific system calls, their arguments, and by properties of the calling process. For example, Falco can easily detect incidents including but not limited to:
- A shell is running inside a container or pod in Kubernetes.
- A container is running in privileged mode, or is mounting a sensitive path, such as
/proc, from the host.
- A server process is spawning a child process of an unexpected type.
- Unexpected read of a sensitive file, such as
- A non-device file is written to
- A standard system binary, such as
ls, is making an outbound network connection.
- A privileged pod is started in a Kubernetes cluster.
The Official Documentation is the best resource to learn about Falco.
Join the Community
To get involved with The Falco Project please visit the community repository to find more.
How to reach out?
- Join the #falco channel on the Kubernetes Slack
- Join the Falco mailing list
- Read the Falco documentation
A third party security audit was performed by Cure53, you can see the full report here.