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With over 90 different cloud hosting services, the AWS cloud environment offers content delivery, compute, storage, security management, network infrastructure, and physical hosting opportunities. These services typically fall into Infrastructure (IaaS), Platform (PaaS), or Software as a service (SaaS). Most generally used as virtual environments for internal organizational and/or service to consumers for data storage, code development, networking, and web application services.

What is AWS Penetration Testing?

AWS penetration testing is rigorous testing of Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments to uncover cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

AWS pen testing is different from routine penetration testing. There are four AWS pen test key focus areas:

  • Your AWS cloud external infrastructure
  • Your hosting/building platform applications
  • Your AWS cloud internal infrastructure
  • Configuration review of your AWS set up/environment?

Benefits of Performing a RedTeam Security AWS Penetration Test

Our AWS penetration testing services include checking for publicly available resources like open S3 buckets and searching for unsecured AWS credentials in public code repositories or any available internal documentation to ensure they are being managed stored safely throughout the environment.

Since its initial offering, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided a relatively simple and reliable way for companies to reduce purchasing additional hardware to host their services. But with new infrastructure and network dynamics come unknown risks and attack paths. Testing the assumptions made about a company's AWS security and overall cybersecurity posture of their cloud environment are essential components of maintaining good security hygiene and are, in many cases, also required by law.

Because threat actors have direct access to all the resources exposed to the Internet, the barrier they would have to overcome to begin attacking any site is as little as a passing curiosity. An attacker could spend their time searching the web for improperly stored AWS access keys, API keys, or session tokens to attempt a cloud takeover. Alternatively, an attacker could exploit traditional web application security vulnerabilities to access sensitive AWS infrastructure and roles. Opportunistic attackers now have many ideal routes to penetrate and move laterally through modern, cloud-based networks and web applications.

This opens up vulnerability and the potential access to sensitive data or user credentials through insufficiently secured APIs or by exploiting flaws in code running on AWS Lambda. Privileged roles and associated access keys can often provide a bad actor with access to features requiring access to a machine or access to the local network on-premises.

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The RedTeam Security Solution to Testing AWS Security Vulnerabilities

Our comprehensive AWS security testing includes:

  • Testing application security for flaws that could result in cloud environment compromise.
  • Testing the cloud network directly, whether the servers are set up as exclusively internal only or are hosting externally facing services exposed to the Internet.
  • Testing for misconfigurations within the AWS account's management console (Iincludes a review of IAM users, groups, roles, policies, and essential services they may have access to).

AWS Web Application Penetration Testing

RedTeam Security's web application penetration testing includes searching for vulnerabilities in Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments in addition to on-premises environments. When reviewing AWS cloud security, many foundational techniques involving reconnaissance and information gathering will look the same as those performed against non-cloud platforms. Still, additional tools and methods may be employed to conduct a rigorous review of appropriate controls.

For example, during a typical pen test engagement, we look at assets (applications, APIs) and the supporting systems and cloud infrastructure those applications are running in (operating systems, containers, networks, devices, and servers). The methodology for testing AWS infrastructure is similar. Still, in addition to testing your cloud environment's network security, we will also analyze configurations' security affecting access to the AWS account and its resources.

At its most basic level, investigation of a cloud environment usually involves looking for publicly accessible resources and credentials related to AWS services (I.e., S3, RDS, Lambda, EC2, CloudTrail, SG, CloudWatch) and testing their information security. A more in-depth option could involve provisioning a test user of the AWS account and providing that to our testers. This additional access allows for a deeper look at IAM users, groups, roles, and policies in place in the environment and aids in hunting for dangerous misconfigurations.

AWS Network Penetration Testing

RedTeam Security's network penetration testing methodology includes searching for vulnerabilities in Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments in addition to on-premise ones. When reviewing AWS cloud security, the techniques we use will look a little different, and we will often use special tools designed for testing AWS cloud environments.

For example, during a typical pen testing engagement, we will look at assets (applications, API) and the supporting systems/infrastructure they are running in (OS, containers, networks). The methodology for testing AWS infrastructure is similar. Still, in addition to testing your cloud environment's network-level security, we will also want to analyze configurations' security affecting access to the AWS account and its resources.

At its most basic level, this usually involves looking for publicly accessible resources and credentials related to AWS services (i.e., S3, RDS, Lambda, EC2, Cloudtrail, SG, CloudWatch) and testing their security. An even better option involves provisioning a test user of the AWS account. This allows for a deeper look at IAM users, groups, roles, and policies in the hunt for dangerous misconfigurations.

Free Retesting Included: RedTeam Security offers free retesting for all remediated vulnerabilities for our cloud penetration testing services, just as we do for our standard network and web application pen testing services. We not only identify and exploit vulnerabilities but help ensure they are fixed as well.

Deliverables

Our AWS penetration testing services will verify that your cloud services and infrastructure are designed and configured according to industry-recognized best practices. Your report will provide a clear and actionable analysis of the current state of your AWS environment. Our reports are focused on delivering enough information that you can prioritize what vulnerabilities must be addressed first and guidance on how best to use your budget to maintain and improve your security posture in the cloud.

Our Methodology

Learn more about RedTeam Security's AWS Penetration Testing Methodology.

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At RedTeam Security, we understand your cloud security is an essential piece of maintaining your organization's overall security strategy. When it comes to AWS pen testing, we will rigorously test all known exploits to identify other vulnerabilities. From information gathering exploiting potential cybersecurity threats, we are ready and committed to helping you take the next step to ensure your AWS security is the strongest it can be. To learn more about how we can meet your unique information security needs, contact RedTeam Security online or call 612-234-7848 today.

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If you're interested in application penetration testing, you may find this article helpful when formulating your responses: Understanding Application Complexity For Penetration Testing.

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Free Remediation Testing

Once your team addresses remediation recommendations, RedTeam will schedule your retest at no additional charge.