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An IAM user having an inline policy which is over permissive refers to a situation where an IAM user is granted permissions to perform actions that are not required to accomplish their job. This could be due to the inclusion of permissions that are broader than necessary or including the "Action: *" wildcard, which grants all permissions. Such over-permissioned inline policies can lead to security vulnerabilities, such as privilege escalation and unauthorized access to resources. Therefore, it is important to regularly review and audit IAM user inline policies to ensure they are not over permissive.


When an IAM user has an inline policy that is over permissive, it means that the policy grants more permissions than the user requires to perform their job duties. This can lead to a potential security risk if the user's credentials are compromised or if the user intentionally abuses their permissions. The following are some remediation steps that can be taken:

  1. Identify the over-permissive policy: Review the IAM policies attached to the user to determine which policy is over-permissive.
  2. Limit the permissions: Edit the policy to restrict the permissions to only what the user needs to perform their job duties. Use the principle of least privilege to determine the minimum level of permissions required.
  3. Create a new policy: If the existing policy cannot be modified, create a new policy with the minimum required permissions and attach it to the user.
  4. Monitor the changes: Monitor the changes made to the IAM policies and ensure that permissions are not granted more than required.
  5. Regularly review the policies: Regularly review the IAM policies to ensure that they are up to date and still necessary for the user's job duties.
  6. Implement the IAM Best practices: Implement the best practices of IAM to secure IAM policies, such as using IAM roles instead of IAM users, avoiding the use of wildcard permissions, and regularly reviewing access privileges to IAM resources.
  7. Train the user: Train the user to understand the importance of maintaining the least privilege principle and how to report any suspected misuse of IAM permissions.

By following the above remediation steps, the risks associated with over-permissive IAM policies can be mitigated, and the security of the AWS environment can be improved.

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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.
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