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Tag: SAML

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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How to delegate management of identity in AWS Single Sign-On

In this blog post, I show how you can use AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) to delegate administration of user identities. Delegation is the process of providing your teams permissions to manage accounts and identities associated with their teams. You can achieve this by using the existing integration that AWS SSO has with AWS Organizations, […]

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How to use G Suite as an external identity provider for AWS SSO

May 4, 2021: AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) currently does not support G Suite as an identity provider for automatic provisioning of users and groups, or the open source ssosync project, available on Github. January 11, 2021: This post has been updated to reflect changes to the G Suite user interface. August 3, 2020: This post […]

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How to create SAML providers with AWS CloudFormation

June 24, 2020: We updated the first 3 paragraphs of this post to provide, and link to, more information. As organizations grow, they often experience an inflection point where it becomes impractical to manually manage separate user accounts in disparate systems. Managing multiple AWS accounts is no exception. Many large organizations have dozens or even […]

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Rely on employee attributes from your corporate directory to create fine-grained permissions in AWS

In my earlier post Simplify granting access to your AWS resources by using tags on AWS IAM users and roles, I explained how to implement attribute-based access control (ABAC) in AWS to simplify permissions management at scale. In that scenario, I talked about relying on attributes on your IAM users and roles for access control […]

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Use attribute-based access control with AD FS to simplify IAM permissions management

June 19, 2020: The Prerequisites section of this post has been updated to include the prerequisite to enable Sts:tagSession to the role trust policy. AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) allows customers to provide granular access control to resources in AWS. One approach to granting access to resources is to use attribute-based access control (ABAC) […]

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How to automate SAML federation to multiple AWS accounts from Microsoft Azure Active Directory

December 2, 2019: Since the author wrote this post, AWS Single Sign On (AWS SSO) has launched native features that simplify using Azure Active Directory as an identity provider. Therefore, AWS SSO is now the recommended solution for enabling SAML federation using Azure AD. See this blog post for details. You can use federation to […]

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Introducing AWS Single Sign-On

Today, AWS introduced AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO), a service that makes it easy for you to centrally manage SSO access to multiple AWS accounts and business applications. AWS SSO provides a user portal so that your users can find and access all of their assigned accounts and applications from one place, using their existing […]

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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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How to Use SAML to Automatically Direct Federated Users to a Specific AWS Management Console Page

Identity federation enables your enterprise users (such as Active Directory users) to access the AWS Management Console via single sign-on (SSO) by using their existing credentials. In Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0, RelayState is an optional parameter that identifies a specified destination URL your users will access after signing in with SSO. When using […]

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