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[MAMIP] Monitor AWS Managed IAM Policies 📢

[Prod] MAMIP - GitHub Actions

Thanks to @0xdabbad00 for the original idea, this repo automates the retrieval of new AWS Managed IAM Policies make it easier to monitor and get alerted when changes occur using "Watch" feature of Github or using Twitter Account.


3️⃣ Three options

  1. Follow the dedicated Twitter Account.

Mamip Twitter Screenshot

  1. Activate Releases Only feature of Github


  1. Subscribe to the Github RSS Feed (master branch)

Policy Validation

I'm using AWS Access Analyzer Policy Validation. You can check findings in the findings folder.

👴 Deprecated Policies

Some AWS Managed Policies are now deprecated since they first appear in this repository. Policy validation only takes place on actual AWS-managed policies.

🤍 How it works behind the scene

AWS Managed Policies are acquired as follows:

aws iam list-policies --scope AWS > list-policies.json
cat list-policies.json \
  | jq -cr '.Policies[] | select(.Arn | contains("iam::aws"))|.Arn +" "+ .DefaultVersionId+" "+.PolicyName' \
  | xargs -n3 sh -c 'aws iam get-policy-version --policy-arn $1 --version-id $2 > "policies/$3"' sh

This command does the following:

  • Gets the list of all IAM Policies in the AWS account
  • Finds the ones with an ARN containing iam::aws, so that only the AWS managed policies are grabbed.
  • Gets the ARN, current version id, and policy name (needed so we don't have a slash as the ARN does for writing a file)
  • Calls aws iam get-policy-version with those values, and writes the output to a file using the policy name.

⚙️ Automation Details

  • Infrastructure is deployed using Terraform:
    • ECS + Fargate
  • Clone this repository
  • Run the magic (previously mentioned command)
  • If changes are detected:
    • Commit changes
    • Push + Create Release
    • Send SQS message to qTweet

🕐 Schedule

📐 Architecture Design

Schema ECS Fargate