An identity attached an administrative policy to an IAM user/role

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Product
Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-06-04
Category
Analytics Alert Reference
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Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

5 Days

Required Data

  • Requires:
    • AWS Audit Log

Detection Modules

Cloud

ATT&CK Tactic

Privilege Escalation (TA0004)

ATT&CK Technique

Valid Accounts: Cloud Accounts (T1078.004)

Severity

Informational

Description

An identity attached a highly privileged policy to an IAM user/role.

Attacker's Goals

Escalate privileges in cloud environments.

Investigative actions

  • Confirm whether this activity was intentional.
  • Check for other API calls that were executed by the identity.
  • Look for any suspicious behavior from the IAM user/role to whom the administrative policy was attached.

Variations

An identity attached an administrative policy to itself/role

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

Privilege Escalation (TA0004)

ATT&CK Technique

Valid Accounts: Cloud Accounts (T1078.004)

Severity

Low

Description

An identity attached a highly privileged policy to an IAM user/role.

Attacker's Goals

Escalate privileges in cloud environments.

Investigative actions

  • Confirm whether this activity was intentional.
  • Check for other API calls that were executed by the identity.
  • Look for any suspicious behavior from the IAM user/role to whom the administrative policy was attached.


An identity failed to attach an administrative policy to an IAM user/role

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

Privilege Escalation (TA0004)

ATT&CK Technique

Valid Accounts: Cloud Accounts (T1078.004)

Severity

Medium

Description

An identity attached a highly privileged policy to an IAM user/role.

Attacker's Goals

Escalate privileges in cloud environments.

Investigative actions

  • Confirm whether this activity was intentional.
  • Check for other API calls that were executed by the identity.
  • Look for any suspicious behavior from the IAM user/role to whom the administrative policy was attached.


A suspicious identity attached an administrative policy to an IAM user/role

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

Privilege Escalation (TA0004)

ATT&CK Technique

Valid Accounts: Cloud Accounts (T1078.004)

Severity

Medium

Description

An identity attached a highly privileged policy to an IAM user/role.

Attacker's Goals

Escalate privileges in cloud environments.

Investigative actions

  • Confirm whether this activity was intentional.
  • Check for other API calls that were executed by the identity.
  • Look for any suspicious behavior from the IAM user/role to whom the administrative policy was attached.