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Tag: AWS STS

SAML Identity Federation: Follow-Up Questions, Materials, Guides, and Templates from an AWS re:Invent 2016 Workshop (SEC306)

As part of the re:Source Mini Con for Security Services at AWS re:Invent 2016, we conducted a workshop focused on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) identity federation: Choose Your Own SAML Adventure: A Self-Directed Journey to AWS Identity Federation Mastery. As part of this workshop, attendees were able to submit their own federation-focused questions to […]

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AWS CloudTrail Now Tracks Cross-Account Activity to Its Origin

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and AWS Security Token Service (STS) to set up cross-account access between AWS accounts. When you assume an IAM role in another AWS account to obtain cross-account access to services and resources in that account, AWS CloudTrail logs the cross-account activity. Starting today, CloudTrail logs […]

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Enable Your Federated Users to Work in the AWS Management Console for up to 12 Hours

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) supports identity federation, which enables external identities, such as users in your corporate directory, to sign in to the AWS Management Console via single sign-on (SSO). Now with a small configuration change, your AWS administrators can allow your federated users to work in the AWS Management Console for up […]

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How to Easily Identify Your Federated Users by Using AWS CloudTrail

Starting today, you can use AWS CloudTrail to track the activity of your federated users (web identity federation and Security Assertion Markup Language [SAML]). For example, you can now use CloudTrail to identify a SAML federated user who terminated an Amazon EC2 instance in your AWS account, or to identify a mobile application user who […]

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How to Set Up Uninterrupted, Federated User Access to AWS Using AD FS

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is a common identity provider that many AWS customers use to give federated users access to the AWS Management Console. AD FS uses multiple certificates to ensure secure communication between servers and to act as authentication mechanisms. One such mechanism is called the token-signing certificate. When the token-signing certificate expires, […]

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AWS Security Token Service Will Soon Be Active by Default in All AWS Regions

By the end of November 2015, AWS Security Token Service (STS) will be active by default in all AWS regions, which means that your applications and services can call AWS STS in a region geographically closer to you. This change will optimize latencies and improve application performance. Additionally, the multiregional resiliency provided by AWS STS […]

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AWS Security Token Service Is Now Available in Every AWS Region

AWS Security Token Service (STS), which enables your applications to request temporary security credentials, is now available in every AWS region. Previously, STS had only a single endpoint (https://sts.amazonaws.com), but now, there is an endpoint in every AWS region. By bringing STS to a region geographically closer to you, your applications and services can call […]

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