# Polaris

Polaris (opens new window) is an open source tool for checking workload configurations against a set of best-practices. It can be configured and fine tuned for each organization that uses it and custom checks can be written using JSON Schema.

Polaris validation checks fall into several different categories:

  • Health Checks
  • Images
  • Networking
  • Resources
  • Security

# Remediation

Remediating Polaris issues involves editing the Helm chart or YAML for your workloads. This is probably stored in an infrastructure-as-code repository. Once you've made the necessary changes, you'll need to redeploy.

# Sample Report

Polaris reports contain a list of workloads as well as any potential configuration issues in those workloads. The report also contains some metadata about the cluster.

    "AuditTime": "2020-07-15T15:20:38Z",
    "SourceName": "",
    "SourceType": "Cluster",
    "ClusterInfo": {
        "Controllers": 8,
        "Namespaces": 6,
        "Nodes": 1,
        "Pods": 8,
        "Version": "1.17"
    "DisplayName": "k8test",
    "PolarisOutputVersion": "1.0",
    "Results": [
            "CreatedTime": "0001-01-01T00:00:00Z",
            "Kind": "Deployment",
            "Name": "coredns",
            "Namespace": "kube-system",
            "PodResult": {
                "ContainerResults": [
                        "Name": "coredns",
                        "Results": {
                            "cpuLimitsMissing": {
                                "Category": "Resources",
                                "ID": "cpuLimitsMissing",
                                "Message": "CPU limits should be set",
                                "Severity": "warning",
                                "Success": false