SNS inline policy is over permissive

Security & Compliance

SNS (Simple Notification Service) is a messaging service provided by AWS that enables applications, end-users, and devices to instantly send and receive messages. SNS inline policies are used to grant permissions to SNS topics, allowing specific AWS resources to access them. An SNS inline policy is over permissive when it grants more permissions than required, which can lead to unintended access to SNS topics, allowing unauthorized entities to access sensitive data.


To remediate an SNS inline policy that is over permissive, follow these steps:

  1. Identify the SNS topic(s) that have inline policies that are over permissive. You can use the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or AWS SDK to do this.
  2. Review the inline policy to determine what permissions are being granted and whether they are necessary for the intended use of the SNS topic.
  3. Modify the policy to remove any unnecessary permissions, such as allowing all actions or resources.
  4. Use the principle of least privilege when creating a new policy. Limit the permissions to only the required actions and resources.
  5. Regularly review and audit inline policies to ensure that they are still required and appropriately scoped.
  6. Use AWS Managed Policies or IAM Roles to manage permissions for SNS topics where possible. This approach allows you to centralize the management of policies and ensure that all policies are scoped appropriately.
  7. Consider using AWS CloudTrail to monitor SNS activity and log all SNS-related actions.
  8. Educate users and administrators on AWS security best practices, including the principle of least privilege, to ensure that they understand the risks associated with over-permissive policies and the importance of following security best practices.
  9. Use AWS Config or third-party tools to monitor your AWS environment and automatically detect and alert on security policy violations.
  10. Lastly, enable MFA on IAM users to ensure an additional layer of protection against unauthorized access to SNS topics.
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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.