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User Guide for Linux Instances

Instance Identity Documents

An instance identity document is a JSON file that describes an instance. The instance identity document is accompanied by a signature and a PKCS7 signature which can be used to verify the accuracy, origin, and authenticity of the information provided in the document. For example, you may have downloaded free software with paid updates.

The instance identity document is generated when the instance is launched, and exposed to the instance through instance metadata. It validates the attributes of the instances, such as the subscribed software, instance size, instance type, operating system, and AMI.

Important

Due to the dynamic nature of instance identity documents and signatures, we recommend retrieving the instance identity document and signature regularly.

Obtaining the Instance Identity Document and Signatures

To retrieve the instance identity document, use the following URL from your running instance:

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http://169.254.169.254/latest/dynamic/instance-identity/document { "devpayProductCodes" : null, "availabilityZone" : "us-east-1d", "privateIp" : "10.158.112.84", "version" : "2010-08-31", "region" : "us-east-1", "instanceId" : "i-1234567890abcdef0", "billingProducts" : null, "instanceType" : "t1.micro", "accountId" : "123456789012", "pendingTime" : "2015-11-19T16:32:11Z", "imageId" : "ami-5fb8c835", "kernelId" : "aki-919dcaf8", "ramdiskId" : null, "architecture" : "x86_64" }

To retrieve the instance identity signature, use the following URL from your running instance:

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http://169.254.169.254/latest/dynamic/instance-identity/signature dExamplesjNQhhJan7pORLpLSr7lJEF4V2DhKGlyoYVBoUYrY9njyBCmhEayaGrhtS/AWY+LPx lVSQURF5n0gwPNCuO6ICT0fNrm5IH7w9ydyaexamplejJw8XvWPxbuRkcN0TAA1p4RtCAqm4ms x2oALjWSCBExample=

To retrieve the PKCS7 signature, use the following URL from your running instance:

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http://169.254.169.254/latest/dynamic/instance-identity/pkcs7 MIICiTCCAfICCQD6m7oRw0uXOjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQUFADCBiDELMAkGA1UEBhMC VVMxCzAJBgNVBAgTAldBMRAwDgYDVQQHEwdTZWF0dGxlMQ8wDQYDVQQKEwZBbWF6 b24xFDASBgNVBAsTC0lBTSBDb25zb2xlMRIwEAYDVQQDEwlUZXN0Q2lsYWMxHzAd BgkqhkiG9w0BCQEWEG5vb25lQGFtYXpvbi5jb20wHhcNMTEwNDI1MjA0NTIxWhcN MTIwNDI0MjA0NTIxWjCBiDELMAkGA1UEBhMCVVMxCzAJBgNVBAgTAldBMRAwDgYD VQQHEwdTZWF0dGxlMQ8wDQYDVQQKEwZBbWF6b24xFDASBgNVBAsTC0lBTSBDb25z b2xlMRIwEAYDVQQDEwlUZXN0Q2lsYWMxHzAdBgkqhkiG9w0BCQEWEG5vb25lQGFt YXpvbi5jb20wgZ8wDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEBBQADgY0AMIGJAoGBAMaK0dn+a4GmWIWJ 21uUSfwfEvySWtC2XADZ4nB+BLYgVIk60CpiwsZ3G93vUEIO3IyNoH/f0wYK8m9T rDHudUZg3qX4waLG5M43q7Wgc/MbQITxOUSQv7c7ugFFDzQGBzZswY6786m86gpE Ibb3OhjZnzcvQAaRHhdlQWIMm2nrAgMBAAEwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEFBQADgYEAtCu4 nUhVVxYUntneD9+h8Mg9q6q+auNKyExzyLwaxlAoo7TJHidbtS4J5iNmZgXL0Fkb FFBjvSfpJIlJ00zbhNYS5f6GuoEDmFJl0ZxBHjJnyp378OD8uTs7fLvjx79LjSTb NYiytVbZPQUQ5Yaxu2jXnimvw3rrszlaEXAMPLE

Example: Verifying the PKCS7 Signature

You can use the PKCS7 signature to verify your instance by validating it against the AWS public certificate for the region.

The AWS public certificate for all public regions is as follows:

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-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- MIIC7TCCAq0CCQCWukjZ5V4aZzAJBgcqhkjOOAQDMFwxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMRkw FwYDVQQIExBXYXNoaW5ndG9uIFN0YXRlMRAwDgYDVQQHEwdTZWF0dGxlMSAwHgYD VQQKExdBbWF6b24gV2ViIFNlcnZpY2VzIExMQzAeFw0xMjAxMDUxMjU2MTJaFw0z ODAxMDUxMjU2MTJaMFwxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMRkwFwYDVQQIExBXYXNoaW5ndG9u IFN0YXRlMRAwDgYDVQQHEwdTZWF0dGxlMSAwHgYDVQQKExdBbWF6b24gV2ViIFNl cnZpY2VzIExMQzCCAbcwggEsBgcqhkjOOAQBMIIBHwKBgQCjkvcS2bb1VQ4yt/5e ih5OO6kK/n1Lzllr7D8ZwtQP8fOEpp5E2ng+D6Ud1Z1gYipr58Kj3nssSNpI6bX3 VyIQzK7wLclnd/YozqNNmgIyZecN7EglK9ITHJLP+x8FtUpt3QbyYXJdmVMegN6P hviYt5JH/nYl4hh3Pa1HJdskgQIVALVJ3ER11+Ko4tP6nwvHwh6+ERYRAoGBAI1j k+tkqMVHuAFcvAGKocTgsjJem6/5qomzJuKDmbJNu9Qxw3rAotXau8Qe+MBcJl/U hhy1KHVpCGl9fueQ2s6IL0CaO/buycU1CiYQk40KNHCcHfNiZbdlx1E9rpUp7bnF lRa2v1ntMX3caRVDdbtPEWmdxSCYsYFDk4mZrOLBA4GEAAKBgEbmeve5f8LIE/Gf MNmP9CM5eovQOGx5ho8WqD+aTebs+k2tn92BBPqeZqpWRa5P/+jrdKml1qx4llHW MXrs3IgIb6+hUIB+S8dz8/mmO0bpr76RoZVCXYab2CZedFut7qc3WUH9+EUAH5mw vSeDCOUMYQR7R9LINYwouHIziqQYMAkGByqGSM44BAMDLwAwLAIUWXBlk40xTwSw 7HX32MxXYruse9ACFBNGmdX2ZBrVNGrN9N2f6ROk0k9K -----END CERTIFICATE-----

The AWS public certificate for the AWS GovCloud (US) region is as follows:

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-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- MIIC7TCCAq0CCQCWukjZ5V4aZzAJBgcqhkjOOAQDMFwxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMRkw FwYDVQQIExBXYXNoaW5ndG9uIFN0YXRlMRAwDgYDVQQHEwdTZWF0dGxlMSAwHgYD VQQKExdBbWF6b24gV2ViIFNlcnZpY2VzIExMQzAeFw0xMjAxMDUxMjU2MTJaFw0z ODAxMDUxMjU2MTJaMFwxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMRkwFwYDVQQIExBXYXNoaW5ndG9u IFN0YXRlMRAwDgYDVQQHEwdTZWF0dGxlMSAwHgYDVQQKExdBbWF6b24gV2ViIFNl cnZpY2VzIExMQzCCAbcwggEsBgcqhkjOOAQBMIIBHwKBgQCjkvcS2bb1VQ4yt/5e ih5OO6kK/n1Lzllr7D8ZwtQP8fOEpp5E2ng+D6Ud1Z1gYipr58Kj3nssSNpI6bX3 VyIQzK7wLclnd/YozqNNmgIyZecN7EglK9ITHJLP+x8FtUpt3QbyYXJdmVMegN6P hviYt5JH/nYl4hh3Pa1HJdskgQIVALVJ3ER11+Ko4tP6nwvHwh6+ERYRAoGBAI1j k+tkqMVHuAFcvAGKocTgsjJem6/5qomzJuKDmbJNu9Qxw3rAotXau8Qe+MBcJl/U hhy1KHVpCGl9fueQ2s6IL0CaO/buycU1CiYQk40KNHCcHfNiZbdlx1E9rpUp7bnF lRa2v1ntMX3caRVDdbtPEWmdxSCYsYFDk4mZrOLBA4GEAAKBgEbmeve5f8LIE/Gf MNmP9CM5eovQOGx5ho8WqD+aTebs+k2tn92BBPqeZqpWRa5P/+jrdKml1qx4llHW MXrs3IgIb6+hUIB+S8dz8/mmO0bpr76RoZVCXYab2CZedFut7qc3WUH9+EUAH5mw vSeDCOUMYQR7R9LINYwouHIziqQYMAkGByqGSM44BAMDLwAwLAIUWXBlk40xTwSw 7HX32MxXYruse9ACFBNGmdX2ZBrVNGrN9N2f6ROk0k9K -----END CERTIFICATE-----

For more information about AWS GovCloud (US), see the AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide.

For other regions, contact AWS Support to get the AWS public certificate.

To verify the PKCS7 signature

  1. From your Amazon Linux instance, create a temporary file for the PKCS7 signature:

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    PKCS7=$(mktemp)
  2. Populate the file with the -----BEGIN PKCS7----- header, then append the contents of the PKCS7 signature from the instance metadata, a new line, and the -----END PKCS7----- footer:

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    echo "-----BEGIN PKCS7-----" > $PKCS7
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    curl -s http://169.254.169.254/latest/dynamic/instance-identity/pkcs7 >> $PKCS7
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    echo "" >> $PKCS7
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    echo "-----END PKCS7-----" >> $PKCS7
  3. Create a temporary file for the instance identity document, and populate it with the contents of the document from your instance metadata:

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    DOCUMENT=$(mktemp)
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    curl -s http://169.254.169.254/latest/dynamic/instance-identity/document > $DOCUMENT
  4. Open a text editor and create a file called AWSpubkey. Copy and paste the contents of the AWS public certificate above to the file and save it.

  5. Use the OpenSSL tools to verify the signature as follows:

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    openssl smime -verify -in $PKCS7 -inform PEM -content $DOCUMENT -certfile AWSpubkey -noverify > /dev/null Verification successful