A host endpoint resource (
HostEndpoint) represents one or more real or virtual interfaces
attached to a host that is running Calico. It enforces Calico policy on
the traffic that is entering or leaving the host’s default network namespace through those
A host endpoint with
interfaceName: *represents all of a host’s real or virtual interfaces.
A host endpoint for one specific real interface is configured by
interfaceName: <name-of-that-interface>, for example
interfaceName: eth0, or by leaving
interfaceNameempty and including one of the interface’s IPs in
Each host endpoint may include a set of labels and list of profiles that Calico will use to apply policy to the interface.
calicoctl commands that specify a resource type on the CLI, the following
aliases are supported (all case insensitive):
Default behavior of external traffic to/from host
If a host endpoint is created and network policy is not in place, the Calico default is to deny traffic to/from that endpoint (except for traffic allowed by failsafe rules). For a named host endpoint (i.e. a host endpoint representing a specific interface), Calico blocks traffic only to/from the interface specified in the host endpoint. Traffic to/from other interfaces is ignored. For a wildcard host endpoint (i.e. a host endpoint representing all of a host’s interfaces), Calico blocks traffic to/from all interfaces on the host (except for traffic allowed by failsafe rules).
However, profiles can be used in conjunction with host endpoints to modify default behavior of external traffic to/from the host in the absence of network policy.
Calico provides a default profile resource named
projectcalico-default-allow that consists of allow-all ingress and egress rules.
Host endpoints with the
projectcalico-default-allow profile attached will have “allow-all” semantics instead of “deny-all” in the absence of policy.
Note: If you have custom iptables rules, using host endpoints with allow-all rules (with no policies) will accept all traffic and therefore bypass those custom rules.
Auto host endpoints specify the
projectcalico-default-allowprofile so they behave similarly to pod workload endpoints.
Important: When rendering security rules on other hosts, Calico uses the
expectedIPsfield to resolve label selectors to IP addresses. If the
expectedIPsfield is omitted then security rules that use labels will fail to match this endpoint.
Host to local workload traffic
Traffic from a host to its workload endpoints (e.g. Kubernetes pods) is always allowed, despite any policy in place. This ensures that
kubelet liveness and readiness probes always work.
apiVersion: projectcalico.org/v3 kind: HostEndpoint metadata: name: some.name labels: type: production spec: interfaceName: eth0 node: myhost expectedIPs: - 192.168.0.1 - 192.168.0.2 profiles: - profile1 - profile2 ports: - name: some-port port: 1234 protocol: TCP - name: another-port port: 5432 protocol: UDP
Host endpoint definition
|name||The name of this hostEndpoint. Required.||Alphanumeric string with optional
|labels||A set of labels to apply to this endpoint.||map|
|node||The name of the node where this HostEndpoint resides.||string|
|expectedIPs||The expected IP addresses associated with the interface.||Valid IPv4 or IPv6 address||list|
|profiles||The list of profiles to apply to the endpoint.||list|
|ports||List of named ports that this workload exposes.||List of EndpointPorts|
An EndpointPort associates a name with a particular TCP/UDP/SCTP port of the endpoint, allowing it to be referenced as a named port in policy rules.
|name||The name to attach to this port, allowing it to be referred to in policy rules. Names must be unique within an endpoint.||string|
|protocol||The protocol of this named port.||
|port||The workload port number.||
Note: On their own, EndpointPort entries don’t result in any change to the connectivity of the port. They only have an effect if they are referred to in policy.
|Kubernetes API server||Yes||Yes||Yes|