Bind on Port 80 Fails Due to Permissions in NGINX Ingress

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Sometimes an admin may see an error in the logs like the one below:

nginx: [emerg] bind() to failed (13: Permission denied)


  • A Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) CLI or Rancher v2.x provisioned Kubernetes cluster


Remove the ingress container image from the node(s), using the following commands:

# Find the name of the nginx-ingress-controller pod
NGINX_INGRESS_CONTROLLER="$(kubectl get pods -n ingress-nginx | awk '/nginx-ingress-controller/ { print $1 }')"

# Remove nginx-ingress-controller pod and then clean up the container image
docker rm -f "${NGINX_INGRESS_CONTROLLER}" && \
docker system prune -af


According to kubernetes/ingress-nginx GitHub Issue #3858, this is caused by a capabilities failure on one of the layers of the nginx-ingress-controller image, due to the xattrs not being copied correctly.

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  • Document ID:000020005
  • Creation Date: 23-Aug-2022
  • Modified Date:23-Aug-2022
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