Kubernetes configuration


  • Kubernetes cluster already deployed.
  • Kubernetes can run on a wide range of Cloud providers and bare-metal environments, this repository focuses on AWS. It was tested using Amazon EKS.
  • Having at least two Kubernetes nodes in order to meet the podAntiAffinity policy.


StatefulSet and deployment controllers

Like a Deployment, a StatefulSet manages Pods that are based on an identical container specification, but it maintains an identity attached to each of its pods. These pods are created from the same specification, but they are not interchangeable: each one has a persistent identifier maintained across any rescheduling.

It is useful for stateful applications like databases that save the data to persistent storage. The states of each Wazuh manager, as well as Elasticsearch, are desirable to maintain, so we declare them using StatefulSet to ensure that they maintain their states in every startup.

Deployments are intended for stateless use and are quite lightweight and seem to be appropriate for Logstash, Kibana and Nginx, where it is not necessary to maintain the states.

Persistent volumes are pieces of storage in the provisioned cluster. It is a resource in the cluster just like a node is a cluster resource. Persistent volumes are volume plugins like Volumes but have a lifecycle independent of any individual pod that uses the PV. This API object captures the details of the implementation of the storage, be that NFS, iSCSI, or a cloud-provider-specific storage system.

Here, we use persistent volumes to store data from both Wazuh and Elasticsearch.

Read more about persistent volumes here.


You can check how we build our Wazuh docker containers in our repository.

Wazuh master

This pod contains the master node of the Wazuh cluster. The master node centralizes and coordinates worker nodes, making sure the critical and required data is consistent across all nodes. The management is performed only in this node, so the agent registration service (authd) and the API are placed here.

Image Controller
wazuh/wazuh:3.12.2_7.6.2 StatefulSet

Wazuh worker 0 / 1

These pods contain a worker node of the Wazuh cluster. They will receive the agent events.

Image Controller
wazuh/wazuh:3.12.2_7.6.2 StatefulSet


Elasticsearch pod, it ingests events received from Logstash.

Image Controller
wazuh/wazuh-elasticsearch:3.12.2_7.6.2 StatefulSet


Logstash pod, it’s listening to events from the Filebeat instances that are installed on every Wazuh manager node, then it sends all the events to Elasticsearch.

Image Controller
wazuh/wazuh-logstash:3.12.2_7.6.2 Deployment


Kibana pod, the frontend for Elasticsearch, it also includes the Wazuh app.

Image Controller
wazuh/wazuh-kibana:3.12.2_7.6.2 Deployment


Nginx service used as a reverse proxy for Kibana.

Image Controller
wazuh/wazuh-nginx:3.12.2_7.6.2 Deployment


Elastic stack

Name Description
wazuh-elasticsearch Communication for Elasticsearch nodes.
elasticsearch Elasticsearch service. Used by Kibana and Logstash.
wazuh-nginx Service for HTTPS access to Kibana.
kibana Kibana service. The UI for Elasticsearch.
logstash Logstash service, each Wazuh node has a Filebeat instance pointing to this service.


Name Description
wazuh Wazuh API: wazuh-master.your-domain.com:55000
Agent registration service (authd): wazuh-master.your-domain.com:1515
wazuh-workers Reporting service: wazuh-manager.your-domain.com:1514
wazuh-cluster Communication for Wazuh manager nodes.


  1. Deploy Kubernetes

    Follow the Official guide to deploy a Kubernetes Cluster. This repository focuses on AWS but it should be easy to adapt it to another Cloud provider. In case you are using AWS, we recommend EKS.

  2. Create domains to access the services

    We recommend creating domains and certificates to access the services. Examples:

    • wazuh-master.your-domain.com: Wazuh API and authd registration service.
    • wazuh-manager.your-domain.com: Reporting service.
    • wazuh.your-domain.com: Kibana and Wazuh app.


    You can skip this step and the services will be accessible using the Load balancer DNS from the VPC.

  3. Deployment

    Clone this repository to deploy the necessary services and pods.

    $ git clone https://github.com/wazuh/wazuh-kubernetes.git
    $ cd wazuh-kubernetes

    3.1. Wazuh namespace and StorageClass

    The Wazuh namespace is used to handle all the Kubernetes elements (services, deployments, pods) necessary for Wazuh. In addition, you must create a StorageClass to use AWS EBS storage in our StatefulSet applications.

    $ kubectl apply -f base/wazuh-ns.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f base/aws-gp2-storage-class.yaml

    3.2. Deploy Elasticsearch

    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-api-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/elasticsearch/elasticsearch-sts.yaml

    3.3. Deploy Kibana and Nginx

    In case you need to provide a domain name, update the domainName annotation value in the nginx-svc.yaml file before deploying that service. You should also set a valid AWS ACM certificate ARN in the nginx-svc.yaml for the service.beta.kubernetes.io/aws-load-balancer-ssl-cert annotation. That certificate should match with the domainName.

    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/kibana/kibana-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/kibana/nginx-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/kibana/kibana-deploy.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/kibana/nginx-deploy.yaml

    3.4. Deploy Logstash

    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/logstash/logstash-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f elastic_stack/logstash/logstash-deploy.yaml
  4. Deploy Wazuh

    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-master-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-cluster-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-workers-svc.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-master-conf.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-worker-0-conf.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-worker-1-conf.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-master-sts.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-worker-0-sts.yaml
    $ kubectl apply -f wazuh_managers/wazuh-worker-1-sts.yaml

Verifying the deployment


$ kubectl get namespaces | grep wazuh
wazuh         Active    12m


$ kubectl get services -n wazuh
NAME                  TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP        PORT(S)                          AGE
elasticsearch         ClusterIP      xxx.yy.zzz.24    <none>             9200/TCP                         12m
kibana                ClusterIP      xxx.yy.zzz.76    <none>             5601/TCP                         11m
logstash              ClusterIP      xxx.yy.zzz.41    <none>             5000/TCP                         10m
wazuh                 LoadBalancer   xxx.yy.zzz.209   internal-a7a8...   1515:32623/TCP,55000:30283/TCP   9m
wazuh-cluster         ClusterIP      None             <none>             1516/TCP                         9m
wazuh-elasticsearch   ClusterIP      None             <none>             9300/TCP                         12m
wazuh-nginx           LoadBalancer   xxx.yy.zzz.223   internal-a3b1...   80:31831/TCP,443:30974/TCP       11m
wazuh-workers         LoadBalancer   xxx.yy.zzz.26    internal-a7f9...   1514:31593/TCP                   9m


$ kubectl get deployments -n wazuh
wazuh-kibana     1         1         1            1           11m
wazuh-logstash   1         1         1            1           10m
wazuh-nginx      1         1         1            1           11m


$ kubectl get statefulsets -n wazuh
NAME                     DESIRED   CURRENT   AGE
wazuh-elasticsearch      1         1         13m
wazuh-manager-master     1         1         9m
wazuh-manager-worker-0   1         1         9m
wazuh-manager-worker-1   1         1         9m


$ kubectl get pods -n wazuh
NAME                              READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
wazuh-elasticsearch-0             1/1       Running   0          15m
wazuh-kibana-f4d9c7944-httsd      1/1       Running   0          14m
wazuh-logstash-777b7cd47b-7cxfq   1/1       Running   0          13m
wazuh-manager-master-0            1/1       Running   0          12m
wazuh-manager-worker-0-0          1/1       Running   0          11m
wazuh-manager-worker-1-0          1/1       Running   0          11m
wazuh-nginx-748fb8494f-xwwhw      1/1       Running   0          14m

Accessing Kibana

In case you created domain names for the services, you should be able to access Kibana using the proposed domain name: https://wazuh.your-domain.com.

Also, you can access using the DNS (e.g.: https://internal-xxx-yyy.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com):

$ kubectl get services -o wide -n wazuh
NAME                  TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP                                                    PORT(S)                          AGE       SELECTOR
wazuh-nginx           LoadBalancer   xxx.xx.xxx.xxx   internal-xxx-yyy.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com                   80:31831/TCP,443:30974/TCP       15m       app=wazuh-nginx


AWS route 53 can be used to create a DNS that points to the load balancer and make it accessible through that DNS.


Wazuh agents are designed to monitor hosts. To start using them:

  1. Install the agent.
  2. Now, register the agent using the registration service.
  3. Modify the file /var/ossec/etc/ossec.conf, changing the “transport protocol” to TCP and changing the MANAGER_IP for the external IP of the service pointing to port 1514 or for the DNS provided by AWS Route 53 if you are using it.
  4. Using the authd daemon with option -m specifying the external IP of the Wazuh service that takes to the port 1515 or its DNS if using AWS Route 53.