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Amazon DynamoDB
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-08-10)

Using IAM with DynamoDB Backup and Restore

You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to restrict Amazon DynamoDB backup and restore actions for some resources. The CreateBackup and RestoreTableFromBackup APIs operate on a per-table basis.

For more information about using IAM policies in DynamoDB, see Using Identity-Based Policies (IAM Policies) for Amazon DynamoDB.

The following are examples of IAM policies that you can use to configure specific backup and restore functionality in DynamoDB.

Example 1: Allow the CreateBackup and RestoreTableFromBackup Actions

The following IAM policy grants permissions to allow the CreateBackup and RestoreTableFromBackup DynamoDB actions on all tables:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "dynamodb:CreateBackup", "dynamodb:RestoreTableFromBackup", "dynamodb:PutItem", "dynamodb:UpdateItem", "dynamodb:DeleteItem", "dynamodb:GetItem", "dynamodb:Query", "dynamodb:Scan", "dynamodb:BatchWriteItem" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Important

DynamoDB write permissions are necessary for restore functionality.

Example 2: Allow CreateBackup and Deny RestoreTableFromBackup

The following IAM policy grants permissions for the CreateBackup action and denies the RestoreTableFromBackup action:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": ["dynamodb:CreateBackup"], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": ["dynamodb:RestoreTableFromBackup"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Example 3: Allow ListBackups and Deny CreateBackup and RestoreTableFromBackup

The following IAM policy grants permissions for the ListBackups action and denies the CreateBackup and RestoreTableFromBackup actions:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": ["dynamodb:ListBackups"], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": [ "dynamodb:CreateBackup", "dynamodb:RestoreTableFromBackup" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Example 4: Allow ListBackups and Deny DeleteBackup

The following IAM policy grants permissions for the ListBackups action and denies the DeleteBackup action:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": ["dynamodb:ListBackups"], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": ["dynamodb:DeleteBackup"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Example 5: Allow RestoreTableFromBackup and DescribeBackup for All Resources and Deny DeleteBackup for a Specific Backup

The following IAM policy grants permissions for the RestoreTableFromBackup and DescribeBackup actions and denies the DeleteBackup action for a specific backup resource:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "dynamodb:DescribeBackup", "dynamodb:RestoreTableFromBackup", "dynamodb:PutItem", "dynamodb:UpdateItem", "dynamodb:DeleteItem", "dynamodb:GetItem", "dynamodb:Query", "dynamodb:Scan", "dynamodb:BatchWriteItem" ], "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": [ "dynamodb:DeleteBackup" ], "Resource": "arn:aws:dynamodb:us-east-1:123456789012:table/MusicCollection/backup/01489173575360-b308cd7d" } ] }

Important

DynamoDB write permissions are necessary for restore functionality.

Example 6: Allow CreateBackup for a Specific Table

The following IAM policy grants permissions for the CreateBackup action on the Movies table only:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": ["dynamodb:CreateBackup"], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:dynamodb:us-east-1:123456789012:table/Movies" ] } ] }

Example 7: Allow ListBackups

The following IAM policy grants permissions for the ListBackups action:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": ["dynamodb:ListBackups"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Important

You cannot grant permissions for the ListBackups action on a specific table.