AWS Resource Groups identity-based policy examples - AWS Resource Groups

AWS Resource Groups identity-based policy examples

By default, IAM principals, such as roles and users, don't have permission to create or modify Resource Groups resources. They also can't perform tasks using the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or AWS API. An IAM administrator must create IAM policies that grant the principals permission to perform specific API operations on the specified resources they need. The administrator must then attach those policies to the principals that require those permissions.

To learn how to create an IAM identity-based policy using these example JSON policy documents, see Creating Policies on the JSON Tab in the IAM User Guide.

Policy best practices

Identity-based policies determine whether someone can create, access, or delete Resource Groups resources in your account. These actions can incur costs for your AWS account. When you create or edit identity-based policies, follow these guidelines and recommendations:

  • Get started with AWS managed policies and move toward least-privilege permissions – To get started granting permissions to your users and workloads, use the AWS managed policies that grant permissions for many common use cases. They are available in your AWS account. We recommend that you reduce permissions further by defining AWS customer managed policies that are specific to your use cases. For more information, see AWS managed policies or AWS managed policies for job functions in the IAM User Guide.

  • Apply least-privilege permissions – When you set permissions with IAM policies, grant only the permissions required to perform a task. You do this by defining the actions that can be taken on specific resources under specific conditions, also known as least-privilege permissions. For more information about using IAM to apply permissions, see Policies and permissions in IAM in the IAM User Guide.

  • Use conditions in IAM policies to further restrict access – You can add a condition to your policies to limit access to actions and resources. For example, you can write a policy condition to specify that all requests must be sent using SSL. You can also use conditions to grant access to service actions if they are used through a specific AWS service, such as AWS CloudFormation. For more information, see IAM JSON policy elements: Condition in the IAM User Guide.

  • Use IAM Access Analyzer to validate your IAM policies to ensure secure and functional permissions – IAM Access Analyzer validates new and existing policies so that the policies adhere to the IAM policy language (JSON) and IAM best practices. IAM Access Analyzer provides more than 100 policy checks and actionable recommendations to help you author secure and functional policies. For more information, see IAM Access Analyzer policy validation in the IAM User Guide.

  • Require multi-factor authentication (MFA) – If you have a scenario that requires IAM users or root users in your account, turn on MFA for additional security. To require MFA when API operations are called, add MFA conditions to your policies. For more information, see Configuring MFA-protected API access in the IAM User Guide.

For more information about best practices in IAM, see Security best practices in IAM in the IAM User Guide.

Using the Resource Groups console and API

To access the AWS Resource Groups and Tag Editor console and API, you must have a minimum set of permissions. These permissions must allow you to list and view details about the Resource Groups resources in your AWS account. If you create an identity-based policy that is more restrictive than the minimum required permissions, the console and API commands won't function as intended for principals (IAM roles or users) with that policy.

To ensure that those entities can still use Resource Groups, attach the following policy (or a policy that contains the permissions listed in the following policy) to the entities. For more information, see Adding Permissions to a User in the IAM User Guide:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "resource-groups:*", "cloudformation:DescribeStacks", "cloudformation:ListStackResources", "tag:GetResources", "tag:TagResources", "tag:UntagResources", "tag:getTagKeys", "tag:getTagValues", "resource-explorer:List*" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

For more information about granting access to Resource Groups, see Granting permissions for using AWS Resource Groups and Tag Editor in this guide.

Allow users to view their own permissions

This example shows how you might create a policy that allows IAM users to view the inline and managed policies that are attached to their user identity. This policy includes permissions to complete this action on the console or programmatically using the AWS CLI or AWS API.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Sid": "ViewOwnUserInfo", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:GetUserPolicy", "iam:ListGroupsForUser", "iam:ListAttachedUserPolicies", "iam:ListUserPolicies", "iam:GetUser" ], "Resource": ["arn:aws:iam::*:user/${aws:username}"] }, { "Sid": "NavigateInConsole", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:GetGroupPolicy", "iam:GetPolicyVersion", "iam:GetPolicy", "iam:ListAttachedGroupPolicies", "iam:ListGroupPolicies", "iam:ListPolicyVersions", "iam:ListPolicies", "iam:ListUsers" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Viewing groups based on tags

You can use conditions in your identity-based policy to control access to Resource Groups resources based on tags. This example shows how you might create a policy that allows viewing a resource, in this example, a resource group. However, permission is granted only if the group tag project has the same value as the project tag attached to the calling principal.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "resource-groups:ListGroups", "Resource": "arn:aws:resource-groups::region:account_ID:group/group_name" }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "resource-groups:ListGroups", "Resource": "arn:aws:resource-groups::region:account_ID:group/group_name", "Condition": { "StringEquals": {"aws:ResourceTag/project": "${aws:PrincipalTag/project}"} } } ] }

You can attach this policy to the principals in your account. If a principal with the tag key project and tag value alpha attempts to view a resource group, the group must also be tagged project=alpha. Otherwise the user is denied access. The condition tag key project matches both Project and project because condition key names are not case-sensitive. For more information, see IAM JSON Policy Elements: Condition in the IAM User Guide.