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Blog: Kubernetes v1.25: Combiner

Authors : Kubernetes 1.25 Release Team

Announcing the release of Kubernetes v1.25!

This release includes a total of 40 enhancements. Fifteen of those enhancements are entering Alpha, ten are graduating to Beta, and thirteen are graduating to Stable. We also have two features being deprecated or removed.

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Kubernetes 1.25: Combiner

Combiner logo

The theme for Kubernetes v1.25 is Combiner.

The Kubernetes project itself is made up of many, many individual components that, when combined, take the form of the project you see today. It is also built and maintained by many individuals, all of them with different skills, experiences, histories, and interests, who join forces not just as the release team but as the many SIGs that support the project and the community year-round.

With this release we wish to honor the collaborative, open spirit that takes us from isolated developers, writers, and users spread around the globe to a combined force capable of changing the world. Kubernetes v1.25 includes a staggering 40 enhancements, none of which would exist without the incredible power we have when we work together.

Inspired by our release lead's son, Albert Song, Kubernetes v1.25 is named for each and every one of you, no matter how you choose to contribute your unique power to the combined force that becomes Kubernetes.

What's New (Major Themes)

PodSecurityPolicy is removed; Pod Security Admission graduates to Stable

PodSecurityPolicy was initially deprecated in v1.21, and with the release of v1.25, it has been removed. The updates required to improve its usability would have introduced breaking changes, so it became necessary to remove it in favor of a more friendly replacement. That replacement is Pod Security Admission, which graduates to Stable with this release. If you are currently relying on PodSecurityPolicy, please follow the instructions for migration to Pod Security Admission.

Ephemeral Containers Graduate to Stable

Ephemeral Containers are containers that exist for only a limited time within an existing pod. This is particularly useful for troubleshooting when you need to examine another container but cannot use kubectl exec because that container has crashed or its image lacks debugging utilities. Ephemeral containers graduated to Beta in Kubernetes v1.23, and with this release, the feature graduates to Stable.

Support for cgroups v2 Graduates to Stable

It has been more than two years since the Linux kernel cgroups v2 API was declared stable. With some distributions now defaulting to this API, Kubernetes must support it to continue operating on those distributions. cgroups v2 offers several improvements over cgroups v1, for more information see the cgroups v2 documentation. While cgroups v1 will continue to be supported, this enhancement puts us in a position to be ready for its eventual deprecation and replacement.

Improved Windows support

Moved container registry service from k8s.gcr.io to registry.k8s.io

Moving container registry from k8s.gcr.io to registry.k8s.io got merged. For more details, see the wiki page, annoucement was sent to the kubernetes development mailing list.

Promoted SeccompDefault to Beta

SeccompDefault promoted to beta, see the tutorial Restrict a Container's Syscalls with seccomp for more details.

Promoted endPort in Network Policy to Stable

Promoted endPort in Network Policy to GA. Network Policy providers that support endPort field now can use it to specify a range of ports to apply a Network Policy. Previously, each Network Policy could only target a single port.

Please be aware that endPort field must be supported by the Network Policy provider. If your provider does not support endPort, and this field is specified in a Network Policy, the Network Policy will be created covering only the port field (single port).

Promoted Local Ephemeral Storage Capacity Isolation to Stable

The Local Ephemeral Storage Capacity Isolation feature moved to GA. This was introduced as alpha in 1.8, moved to beta in 1.10, and it is now a stable feature. It provides support for capacity isolation of local ephemeral storage between pods, such as EmptyDir, so that a pod can be hard limited in its consumption of shared resources by evicting Pods if its consumption of local ephemeral storage exceeds that limit.

Promoted core CSI Migration to Stable

CSI Migration is an ongoing effort that SIG Storage has been working on for a few releases. The goal is to move in-tree volume plugins to out-of-tree CSI drivers and eventually remove the in-tree volume plugins. The core CSI Migration feature moved to GA. CSI Migration for GCE PD and AWS EBS also moved to GA. CSI Migration for vSphere remains in beta (but is on by default). CSI Migration for Portworx moved to Beta (but is off-by-default).

Promoted CSI Ephemeral Volume to Stable

The CSI Ephemeral Volume feature allows CSI volumes to be specified directly in the pod specification for ephemeral use cases. They can be used to inject arbitrary states, such as configuration, secrets, identity, variables or similar information, directly inside pods using a mounted volume. This was initially introduced in 1.15 as an alpha feature, and it moved to GA. This feature is used by some CSI drivers such as the secret-store CSI driver.

Promoted CRD Validation Expression Language to Beta

CRD Validation Expression Language is promoted to beta, which makes it possible to declare how custom resources are validated using the Common Expression Language (CEL). Please see the validation rules guide.

Promoted Server Side Unknown Field Validation to Beta

Promoted the ServerSideFieldValidation feature gate to beta (on by default). This allows optionally triggering schema validation on the API server that errors when unknown fields are detected. This allows the removal of client-side validation from kubectl while maintaining the same core functionality of erroring out on requests that contain unknown or invalid fields.

Introduced KMS v2 API

Introduce KMS v2alpha1 API to add performance, rotation, and observability improvements. Encrypt data at rest (ie Kubernetes Secrets) with DEK using AES-GCM instead of AES-CBC for kms data encryption. No user action is required. Reads with AES-GCM and AES-CBC will continue to be allowed. See the guide Using a KMS provider for data encryption for more information.

Other Updates

Graduations to Stable

This release includes a total of thirteen enhancements promoted to stable:

Deprecations and Removals

Two features were deprecated or removed from Kubernetes with this release.

Release Notes

The complete details of the Kubernetes v1.25 release are available in our release notes.


Kubernetes v1.25 is available for download on GitHub. To get started with Kubernetes, check out these interactive tutorials or run local Kubernetes clusters using containers as “nodes”, with kind. You can also easily install 1.25 using kubeadm.

Release Team

Kubernetes is only possible with the support, commitment, and hard work of its community. Each release team is made up of dedicated community volunteers who work together to build the many pieces that, when combined, make up the Kubernetes releases you rely on. This requires the specialized skills of people from all corners of our community, from the code itself to its documentation and project management.

We would like to thank the entire release team for the hours spent hard at work to ensure we deliver a solid Kubernetes v1.25 release for our community. Every one of you had a part to play in building this, and you all executed beautifully. We would like to extend special thanks to our fearless release lead, Cici Huang, for all she did to guarantee we had what we needed to succeed.

User Highlights

Ecosystem Updates

  • KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 will take place in Detroit, Michigan from 24 – 28 October 2022! You can find more information about the conference and registration on the event site.
  • KubeDay event series kicks off with KubeDay Japan December 7! Register or submit a proposal on the event site
  • In the 2021 Cloud Native Survey, the CNCF saw record Kubernetes and container adoption. Take a look at the results of the survey.

Project Velocity

The CNCF K8s DevStats project aggregates a number of interesting data points related to the velocity of Kubernetes and various sub-projects. This includes everything from individual contributions to the number of companies that are contributing, and is an illustration of the depth and breadth of effort that goes into evolving this ecosystem.

In the v1.24 release cycle, which ran for 15 weeks (May 23 to August 23), we saw contributions from 1065 companies and 1620 individuals.

Upcoming Release Webinar

Join members of the Kubernetes v1.25 release team on Thursday September 22, 2022 10am – 11am PT to learn about the major features of this release, as well as deprecations and removals to help plan for upgrades. For more information and registration, visit the event page.

Get Involved

The simplest way to get involved with Kubernetes is by joining one of the many Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that align with your interests. Have something you’d like to broadcast to the Kubernetes community? Share your voice at our weekly community meeting, and through the channels below:

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