Resource with over permissive S3 GetObject permissions

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A source of an AWS resource associated with an IAM policy with S3 actions to a destination of S3 bucket refers to an identity that has been granted permissions to perform actions such as listing, uploading, downloading, and deleting objects in an S3 bucket. This can include IAM users, groups, or roles that are associated with an inline or managed policy containing the necessary S3 actions. The S3 bucket is the destination where the user or group can perform these actions on the objects stored within it. It's important to ensure that these policies adhere to the principle of least privilege to limit the scope of access granted to the resource, reducing the risk of accidental exposure or malicious use of data within the S3 bucket. Regular auditing and monitoring of IAM policies can help identify and address any potential security risks.


If you have identified a resource with over-permissive S3 GetObject permissions, you should take the following remediation steps:

  1. Review and assess the potential impact: Before making any changes, you should review and assess the potential impact of changing the permissions. Determine if any applications or services depend on the current permissions and whether any data will be affected by the change.
  2. Restrict the permissions: Update the S3 bucket policy to restrict access to the resource. Specifically, remove the "s3:GetObject" permission from the IAM policy for the identified resource, and grant access only to the required users, roles, or applications.
  3. Test the updated policy: Once you have updated the policy, test the new policy to verify that it restricts access to the resource as intended. Ensure that the required users, roles, or applications can still access the data they need while other users are denied access.
  4. Monitor for unauthorized access: Monitor the S3 access logs for any unauthorized access attempts or unusual activity. This will help you to identify any further security issues and to take appropriate action.
  5. Educate users: Educate users about the importance of maintaining appropriate access controls and the potential risks of over-permissive access policies. Encourage users to report any suspected security incidents promptly.
  6. Periodically review access permissions: Regularly review the access permissions for S3 resources to ensure that they remain appropriate and up-to-date. This will help to prevent future over-permissive access policies and potential security risks.
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Note: Remediation steps provided by Lightlytics are meant to be suggestions and guidelines only. It is crucial to thoroughly verify and test any remediation steps before applying them to production environments. Each organization's infrastructure and security needs may differ, and blindly applying suggested remediation steps without proper testing could potentially cause unforeseen issues or vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you validate and customize any remediation steps to meet your organization's specific requirements and ensure that they align with your security policies and best practices.