Using service-linked roles for Network Firewall - AWS Network Firewall

Using service-linked roles for Network Firewall

AWS Network Firewall uses AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles. A service-linked role is a unique type of IAM role that is linked directly to Network Firewall. Service-linked roles are predefined by Network Firewall and include all the permissions that the service requires to call other AWS services on your behalf.

A service-linked role makes setting up Network Firewall easier because you don’t have to manually add the necessary permissions. Network Firewall defines the permissions of its service-linked roles, and unless defined otherwise, only Network Firewall can assume its roles. The defined permissions include the trust policy and the permissions policy. That permissions policy can't be attached to any other IAM entity.

You can delete a service-linked role only after first deleting its related resources. This protects your Network Firewall resources because you can't inadvertently remove permission to access the resources.

For information about other services that support service-linked roles, see AWS services that work with IAM and look for the services that have Yes in the Service-Linked Role column. Choose a Yes with a link to view the service-linked role documentation for that service.

Service-linked role permissions for Network Firewall

Network Firewall uses the service-linked role named AWSServiceRoleForNetworkFirewall – An access policy that allows AWS Network Firewall to manage Network Firewall related resources on behalf of your AWS account. Network Firewall uses its service-linked-role to create, describe, and delete VPC endpoints in support of your firewall management activities. Network Firewall is the only service that uses this service-linked role, and Network Firewall doesn't use any other service's service-linked role. This service-linked role is used in the Network Firewall managed policy AWSNetworkFirewallServiceRolePolicy. For more information, see AWS managed policies for AWS Network Firewall.

The AWSServiceRoleForNetworkFirewall service-linked role trusts the service principal to assume the role. The following is the JSON trust policy:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Principal": { "Service": [ "" ] }, "Action": "sts:AssumeRole" } ] }

The role permissions policy allows Network Firewall to perform actions on Amazon EC2 VPC resources for firewall management. The actions include periodic checks on the VPC CIDR blocks and management of firewall endpoints in the VPC. The following is the JSON role permissions policy:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Action": [ "ec2:DescribeSubnets", "ec2:DescribeVpcs", "ec2:CreateVpcEndpoint", "ec2:DescribeVpcEndpoints" ], "Effect": "Allow", "Resource": "*" }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "ec2:CreateTags" ], "Resource": "arn:aws:ec2:*:*:vpc-endpoint/*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "ec2:CreateAction": "CreateVpcEndpoint", "aws:RequestTag/AWSNetworkFirewallManaged": "true" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "ec2:DeleteVpcEndpoints" ], "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "aws:ResourceTag/AWSNetworkFirewallManaged": "true" } } } ] }

When you enable logging for a firewall, Network Firewall uses a log delivery service, which might create a service-linked role in your account named AWSServiceRoleForLogDelivery to deliver logs.

You must configure permissions to allow an IAM entity (such as a user, group, or role) to create, edit, or delete a service-linked role. For more information, see Service-Linked Role Permissions in the IAM User Guide.

Creating a service-linked role for Network Firewall

You don't need to manually create a service-linked role for AWS Network Firewall. When you create a AWS Network Firewall firewall in the AWS Management Console, the AWS CLI, or the AWS API, if your account doesn't have the Network Firewall service-linked role yet, Network Firewall creates the role for you. If you manage your firewall resources through AWS Firewall Manager, Firewall Manager creates the service-linked role for accounts that are within scope of the Firewall Manager policy. If you want to, you can create the role through the IAM console. If you delete the service-linked role, the next time you create an Network Firewall resource, Network Firewall creates one for you again.

Editing a service-linked role for Network Firewall

Network Firewall doesn't allow you to edit the AWSServiceRoleForNetworkFirewall service-linked role. After you create a service-linked role, you can't change the name of the role because various entities might reference it. However, you can edit the description of the role using IAM. For more information, see Editing a Service-Linked Role in the IAM User Guide.

Deleting a service-linked role for Network Firewall

If you no longer need to use a feature or service that requires a service-linked role, we recommend that you delete that role. That way you don’t have an unused entity that is not actively monitored or maintained. You must clean up the resources that require your service-linked role before you can manually delete it. You can delete the service-linked role used by Network Firewall if you no longer want to use the service. To delete the role, you must delete all firewalls, firewall policies, stateful rule groups, and stateless rule groups, in all Regions where you have them defined.


If the Network Firewall service is using the role when you try to delete the resources, then the deletion might fail. If that happens, wait for a few minutes and try the operation again.

To delete all Network Firewall resources

  1. On the Amazon VPC console, update all route tables that send traffic through your firewall endpoints, to remove the endpoints from the traffic flow. For information about managing route tables for your VPC, see Route tables in the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud User Guide.

  2. On the Network Firewall console, remove your firewalls, firewall policies, stateful rules groups, and stateless rule groups. For information, see Deleting a firewall, Deleting a firewall policy, and Deleting a stateless rule group.

This removes all resources that Network Firewall used the service-linked role for.

To manually delete the service-linked role using IAM

Use the IAM console, the IAM CLI, or the IAM API to delete the AWSServiceRoleForNetworkFirewall service-linked role. For more information, see Deleting a Service-Linked Role in the IAM User Guide.

Supported Regions for Network Firewall service-linked roles

Network Firewall supports using service-linked roles in all of the Regions where the service is available. For a Region list, see AWS Regions and Endpoints.