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CIS Docker Benchmark - InSpec Profile

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This InSpec compliance profile implement the CIS Docker 1.13.0 Benchmark in an automated way to provide security best-practice tests around Docker daemon and containers in a production environment.

InSpec is an open-source run-time framework and rule language used to specify compliance, security, and policy requirements for testing any node in your infrastructure.


  • at least InSpec version 2.3.23
  • Docker 1.13+


  • Debian 8
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • CentOS 7


We use a yml attribute file to steer the configuration, the following options are available:

  • trusted_user: vagrant define trusted user to control Docker daemon.
  • authorization_plugin: authz-broker define authorization plugin to manage access to Docker daemon.
  • log_driver: syslog define preferable way to store logs.
  • log_opts: /syslog-address/ define Docker daemon log-opts.
  • registry_cert_path: /etc/docker/certs.d directory contains various Docker registry directories.
  • registry_name: /etc/docker/certs.d/registry_hostname:port directory contain certificate certain Docker registry.
  • registry_ca_file: /etc/docker/certs.d/registry_hostname:port/ca.crt certificate file for a certain Docker registry certificate files.
  • container_user: vagrant define user within containers.
  • app_armor_profile: docker-default define apparmor profile for Docker containers.
  • selinux_profile: /label\:level\:s0-s0\:c1023/ define SELinux profile for Docker containers.
  • container_capadd: null define needed capabilities for containers. example: container_capadd: NET_ADMIN,SYS_ADMIN
  • managable_container_number: 25 keep number of containers on a host to a manageable total.
  • daemon_tlscacert : /etc/docker/ssl/ca.pem configure the
  • daemon_tlscert: /etc/docker/ssl/server_cert.pem configure the server certificate.
  • daemon_tlskey: /etc/docker/ssl/server_key.pem configure the server key.
  • swarm_mode: inactive configure the swarm mode.
  • swarm_max_manager_nodes: 3 configure the maximum number of swarm leaders.
  • swarm_port: 2377 configure the swarm port.
  • benchmark_version to execute also the old controls from previous benchmarks, e.g. set it to 1.12.0 to execute also the tests from cis-benchmark-1.12.0 (which is the default).

These settings can be overriden using an attributes file (e.g. --attrs <attributefile.yml>). See sample_attributes.yml as an example.


InSpec makes it easy to run your tests wherever you need. More options listed here: InSpec cli

# run profile locally
$ git clone
$ inspec exec cis-docker-benchmark

# run profile locally and directly from Github
$ inspec exec

# run profile on remote host via SSH
inspec exec cis-docker-benchmark -t ssh://user@hostname -i /path/to/key

# run profile on remote host via SSH with sudo
inspec exec cis-docker-benchmark -t ssh://user@hostname -i /path/to/key --sudo

# run profile on remote host via SSH with sudo and define attribute value
inspec exec cis-docker-benchmark --attrs sample_attributes.yml

# run profile direct from inspec supermarket
inspec supermarket exec dev-sec/cis-docker-benchmark -t ssh://user@hostname --key-files private_key --sudo

Run individual controls

In order to verify individual controls, just provide the control ids to InSpec:

inspec exec cis-docker-benchmark --controls 'cis-docker-benchmark-1.4 cis-docker-benchmark-1.5'

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