In Kubernetes version 1.22, the Kubernetes project deprecated the built-in
authentication mechanism used by clients such as the
kubectl command-line tool
to access the Kubernetes API server. The built-in authentication mechanism is
scheduled for removal in Kubernetes 1.26. For context, refer to
GitHub PR 102181.
The removal doesn't affect operators that are deployed in the cluster and use Kubernetes service accounts to communicate with the API server.
What should you do?
GKE released an updated authentication plugin,
gke-gcloud-auth-plugin. This plugin uses the
client-go Credential Plugins
framework to provide authentication tokens to communicate with
You must install the plugin before you update your command-line clients to version 1.26 and later. If you don't install the plugin, you'll notice an error message similar to the following.
For instructions, refer to Install required plugins.
Example error: No auth provider found
Unable to connect to the server: getting credentials: exec: executable gke-gcloud-auth-plugin not found panic: no Auth Provider found for name gcp
Example error: Executable gke-cloud-auth-plugin not found
Unable to connect to the server: getting credentials: exec: executable gke-gcloud-auth-plugin not found It looks like you are trying to use a client-go credential plugin that is not installed. To learn more about this feature, consult the documentation available at: https://kubernetes.io/docs/reference/access-authn-authz/authentication/#client-go-credential-plugins Install gke-gcloud-auth-plugin for use with kubectl by following \ https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/containers-kubernetes/kubectl-auth-changes-in-gke.