AWS Security Blog

Granting Permission to Launch EC2 Instances with IAM Roles (PassRole Permission)

When you launch an Amazon EC2 instance, you can associate an AWS IAM role with the instance to give applications or CLI commands that run on the instance permissions that are defined by the role. When a role is associated with an instance, EC2 obtains temporary security credentials for the role you associated with the […]

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With New ELB Permissions, Support for IAM in AWS Is Going Strong

The Elastic Load Balancing team announced on May 13, 2014 that they’ve added support for resource-level permissions. Not only can you specify which ELB actions a user can perform, you can specify which resources the user can perform those actions on. For more information about the new ELB permissions, see Controlling Access to Your Load […]

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Some AWS SDKs Security Features You Should Know About

The AWS SDK team recently added and documented some security-related features that we think you shouldn’t miss. Check these out! Updates for managing access keys in the .NET and Java SDKs. In Referencing Credentials using Profiles, blogger Norm Johanson describes how you can now put a credentials file in your user folder. This great security […]

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Encryption for EBS Volumes Can Help You with Security and Compliance

On May 21, AWS launched encryption for EBS volumes, a frequently requested feature, which can help you meet stricter security and encryption compliance requirements. You can now create an encrypted EBS volume and attach it to an EC2 instance. Data on the volume, disk I/O, and snapshots created from the volume are all encrypted. The […]

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Come Join Our May Webinars as AWS, Partners, and Customers Discuss Security

May is the month of security oriented webinars at AWS. We’re presenting three webinars that touch on different identity and access management (IAM) technologies and use cases. The first webinar highlights AWS CloudTrail, APN (AWS Partner Network) partner Splunk, and FINRA. The webinar begins with an overview of CloudTrail, followed by a discussion of how […]

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How to Enable Cross-Account Access to the AWS Management Console

July 26, 2017, update: We recommend that you use cross-account access by switching roles in the AWS Management Console. Also see the related documentation: Switching to a Role (AWS Management Console). Last December we described how you can delegate access to your AWS account using IAM roles. Using IAM roles, you can take advantage of […]

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How to Use Shibboleth for Single Sign-On to the AWS Management Console

Update from January 17, 2018: The techniques demonstrated in this blog post relate to traditional SAML federation for AWS. These techniques are still valid and useful. However, AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) provides analogous capabilities by way of a managed service. If you are just getting started with federating access to your AWS accounts, we recommend […]

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