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[plus] How to configure SAML for AWS SSO?

AWS SSO is a great way to grant engineers access to AWS accounts. By default, AWS SSO comes with a built in user database. However, it is also possible to configure identity federation via SAML. Doing so allows you to re-use existing users and groups. ...

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Have you replaced IAM Users with AWS SSO yet?

The most secure option to isolate workloads from each other is to use multiple AWS accounts. Many organizations use different AWS accounts for testing and production, for example. The more AWS accounts you use, the more complicated it gets to manage use...

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Record AWS API calls to improve IAM Policies

Have you ever looked at an IAM policy and wondered: Is it really necessary to grant access to this specific action? Or do you need to know which API calls a legacy or 3rd party application is actually sending to come up with a secure IAM policy? CloudTr...

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Use multiple AWS accounts, but keep it simple!

Getting started with AWS is a challenge. Unlimited possibilities, competing solutions, and distractions. Even the first step to create an AWS account requires careful planning. AWS marketers promote the AWS Landing Zone solution. Consulting partners add...

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Show your Tool: Parliament

In this series, we present AWS tooling from the community for the community. We talk directly with the tool makers. Who are they? What problem does the tool solve? And what motivates them to contribute to open-source AWS tooling. This time, we talk wit...

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Show your Tool: Jenkins Pipeline Step Plugin for AWS

In this series, we present AWS tooling from the community for the community. We talk directly with the tool makers. Who are they? What problem does the tool solve? And what motivates them to contribute to open-source AWS tooling. This time, we talk wit...

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Show your Tool: awsume

In this series, we present AWS tooling from the community for the community. We talk directly with the tool makers. Who are they? What problem does the tool solve? And what motivates them to contribute to open-source AWS tooling. This time, we talk wit...

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EC2 Instance Connect is an insecure default!

You can also listen to this topic in our podcast! Two months before, Michael wrote about why AWS SSM is a trojan horse. Shortly after that, AWS released EC2 Instance Connect, which is even worse. If you use Amazon Linux 2 or Ubuntu, the chances are h...

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AWS SSM is a trojan horse: fix it now!

Recently, I held a security workshop together with a team of engineers. At some point, the team demonstrated how they use AWS Systems Manager (SSM) to run commands on a machine. What the team didn’t know: they enabled a backdoor that allows everyone wit...

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Restricting Access to EC2 Instances Based on Tags

The principle of least privilege is key when it comes to securing your infrastructure on AWS. For example, an engineer should only be able to control EC2 instances that are in scope for her day-to-day work. But how do you make sure an engineer is only a...

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