Detecting and Mitigating Container Runtime Attacks

Gupta Bless
5 min readMay 14


As the name implies runtime, those attacks or threats come after the container has been deployed or is in operation. Containers are increasingly significant in modern development because they give portability, efficiency, consistency, flexibility, and other benefits. Organizations can deploy applications or software in a more efficient and consistent manner by using containers. These containers are more secure than traditional approaches if utilized correctly; otherwise, they can be subject to attacks.

These attacks can be used to steal sensitive data while also compromising the application’s integrity. When attacks acquire illegal access to the container or the host operating system that runs the container, these attacks can be carried out.

How to detect container runtime attacks


Container runtime attacks are now prevalent. Hence There are a couple of ways to detect the attacks on containers that arise at runtime. Let’s take a look.

Right implementation of access controls and network policies

The term “access control” refers to the process that determines which users are permitted to use which resources. As a result, detecting runtime attacks is possible if an organization uses access control on a container. Such businesses either prevent users from accessing the sensitive data altogether or strictly regulate the access each user or program has to it. That way, an alarm will sound whenever a malicious actor tries to access the private data.

Network policies allow devops users to control the direction of container traffic and identify anomalies in it. The security team may have set up an alert for specific types of outbound traffic from a container, and any such traffic would cause the alarm to go off. It can signal an impending attack.

Regular updation in container images

Attacks on containers during their runtime are reduced thanks to the fact that they may…

Gupta Bless

Security enthusiast working to secure web for others.