AWS Security Blog

Category: Amazon Cognito

Protect public clients for Amazon Cognito by using an Amazon CloudFront proxy

In Amazon Cognito user pools, an app client is an entity that has permission to call unauthenticated API operations (that is, operations that don’t have an authenticated user), such as operations to sign up, sign in, and handle forgotten passwords. In this post, I show you a solution designed to protect these API operations from […]

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How to integrate third-party IdP using developer authenticated identities

Amazon Cognito identity pools enable you to create and manage unique identifiers for your users and provide temporary, limited-privilege credentials to your application to access AWS resources. Currently, there are several out of the box external identity providers (IdPs) to integrate with Amazon Cognito identity pools, including Facebook, Google, and Apple. If your application’s primary […]

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Building fine-grained authorization using Amazon Cognito, API Gateway, and IAM

June 5, 2021: We’ve updated Figure 1: User request flow. Authorizing functionality of an application based on group membership is a best practice. If you’re building APIs with Amazon API Gateway and you need fine-grained access control for your users, you can use Amazon Cognito. Amazon Cognito allows you to use groups to create a […]

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Highlights from the latest AWS Identity launches

Here is the latest from AWS Identity from November 2020 through February 2021. The features highlighted in this blog post can help you manage and secure your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. Identity services answer the question of who has access to what. They enable you to securely manage identities, resources, and permissions at scale and […]

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How to implement password-less authentication with Amazon Cognito and WebAuthn

In this blog post, I show you how to offer a password-less authentication experience to your customers. To do this, you’ll allow physical security keys or platform authenticators (like finger-print scanners) to be used as the authentication factor to your web or mobile applications that use Amazon Cognito user pools for authentication. An Amazon Cognito […]

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How to configure Duo multi-factor authentication with Amazon Cognito

Adding multi-factor authentication (MFA) reduces the risk of user account take-over, phishing attacks, and password theft. Adding MFA while providing a frictionless sign-in experience requires you to offer a variety of MFA options that support a wide range of users and devices. Let’s see how you can achieve that with Amazon Cognito and Duo MFA. […]

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Role-based access control using Amazon Cognito and an external identity provider

Amazon Cognito simplifies the development process by helping you manage identities for your customer-facing applications. As your application grows, some of your enterprise customers may ask you to integrate with their own Identity Provider (IdP) so that their users can sign-on to your app using their company’s identity, and have role-based access-control (RBAC) based on […]

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Selecting and migrating a Facebook API version for Amazon Cognito

On May 1, 2020, Facebook will remove version 2.12 of the Facebook Graph API. This change impacts Amazon Cognito customers who are using version 2.12 of the Facebook Graph API in their identity federation configuration. In this post, I explain how to migrate your Amazon Cognito configuration to use the latest version of the Facebook […]

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How to set case sensitivity in the Amazon Cognito console

AWS recently updated how Amazon Cognito user pools are created so that new user pools are case insensitive by default. An Amazon Cognito user pool is a user directory that helps you manage end-user identities. With this new feature, the native user name, email alias, and preferred user name alias are marked as case insensitive […]

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How to set up Sign in with Apple for Amazon Cognito

January 7, 2020: Based on customer feedback, we revised the wording of a step in a procedure to improve clarity. Amazon Cognito user pools enables you to add user sign-in and sign-up to your mobile and web applications using a secure and scalable user directory. With Amazon Cognito user pools, your end users can sign […]

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