Tag Archives: Amazon Web Services

Penetration Testing and AWS

Here is one of those topics where you can often run into misinformation when you are studying AWS. That is because the rules keep changing, and you will often have textbooks and courses quoting old rules still!

AWS Pen Test

So here is the skinny as of 10/20/2019! You no longer have to obtain permission from AWS for pen testing your own resources within 8 of the total services of AWS. NOTE: Be sure not to pen test against any AWS services themselves, as this is never permitted. In fact, if you should discover vulnerabilities in a service itself when you are pen testing your resources, you are encouraged to report that to the AWS Security team. What are the 8 services? Here they are:

  • EC2, including NAT Gateways and Elastic Load Balancers
  • RDS
  • CloudFront
  • Aurora
  • API Gateways
  • Lambda and Lambda Edge
  • Lightsail
  • Elastic Beanstalk

You should also note that Amazon currently prohibits the following tests:

  • DNS zone walking via Amazon Route 53 Hosted Zones
  • Denial of Service (DoS), Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), Simulated DoS, Simulated DDoS
  • Port flooding
  • Protocol flooding
  • Request flooding (login request flooding, API request flooding)

These rules will change again in the future. Be sure to subscribe to the blog using the widget in the right column. When the rules change – I will be sure to let you know!

Thanks for reading, and have fun in AWS! Just not too much fun!

Introducing the AWS Well Architected Tool

AWS Architect

Are you interested in creating AWS solutions that adhere to the various pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework but don’t know where to start? There is a brand new AWS tool that you can check out in this video. It is aptly named the AWS Well Architected Tool and it is available in your AWS Management Console.

This tool will not only help you pinpoint key areas for the architecture to focus on, but Amazon will also analyze your answers and identify the points at which you are the most at risk!

Honored to be on ASK THE EXPERT for IaaS and AWS

Are you interested in IaaS with Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Check out my article on the subject!

IaaS AWS

For the complete article – just use the link below!

https://www.jeffersonfrank.com/aws-blog/aws-iaas-implementation-guide/