The kubelet, in OpenShift Container Platform 4 and later, uses the bootstrap certificate located in /etc/kubernetes/kubeconfig to initially bootstrap. This is followed by the bootstrap initialization process and authorization of the kubelet to create a CSR.

In that process, the kubelet generates a CSR while communicating over the bootstrap channel. The controller manager signs the CSR, resulting in a certificate that the kubelet manages.


These certificates are managed by the system and not the user.


This bootstrap CA is valid for 10 years.

The kubelet-managed certificate is valid for one year and rotates automatically at around the 80 percent mark of that one year.

OpenShift Lifecycle Manager (OLM) does not update the certificates of Operators that it manages in proxy environments. These certificates must be managed by the user using the subscription config.


You cannot customize the bootstrap certificates.