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Troubleshooting AWS Organizations Policies

Use the information here to help you diagnose and fix common errors found in AWS Organizations policies.

Service Control Policies

Service control policies (SCPs) in AWS Organizations are similar to IAM policies and share a common syntax. This syntax begins with the rules of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). JSON describes an object with name and value pairs that make up the object. The IAM policy grammar builds on that by defining what names and values have meaning for, and are understood by, the AWS services that use policies to grant permissions.

AWS Organizations uses a subset of the IAM syntax and grammar. For details, see SCP Syntax.

More than one policy object

An SCP must consist of one and only one JSON object. You denote an object by placing { } braces around it. Although you can nest other objects within a JSON object by embedding additional { } braces within the outer pair, a policy can contain only one outermost pair of { } braces. The following example is incorrect because it contains two objects at the top level (called out in red):

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": { "Effect":"Allow", "Action":"ec2:Describe*", "Resource":"*" } } { "Statement": { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": "s3:*", "Resource": "*" } }

You can, however, meet the intention of the preceding example with the use of correct policy grammar. Instead of including two complete policy objects, each with its own Statement element, you can combine the two blocks into a single Statement element. The Statement element has an array of two objects as its value, as shown in the following example:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "ec2:Describe*", "Resource":" *" }, { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": "s3:*", "Resource": "*" } ] }

This example cannot be further compressed into a Statement with one element because the two elements have different effects. Generally, you can combine statements only when the Effect and Resource elements in each statement are identical.

More than one Statement element

This error might at first appear to be a variation on the error in the preceding section. However, syntactically it's a different type of error. In the following example, there is only one policy object as denoted by a single pair of { } braces at the top level. However, that object contains two Statement elements within it.

An SCP must contain only one Statement element, consisting of the name (Statement) appearing to the left of a colon, followed by its value on the right. The value of a Statement element must be an object, denoted by { } braces, containing one Effect element, one Action element, and one Resource element. The following example is incorrect because it contains two Statement elements in the policy object:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "ec2:Describe*", "Resource": "*" }, "Statement": { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": "s3:*", "Resource": "*" } }

Because a value object can be an array of multiple value objects, you can solve this problem by combining the two Statement elements into one element with an object array, as shown in the following example:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "ec2:Describe*", "Resource":"*" }, { "Effect": "Deny", "Action": "s3:*", "Resource": "*" } ] }

The value of the Statement element is an object array. The array in the example consists of two objects, each of which is a correct value for a Statement element. Each object in the array is separated by commas.

Policy document exceeds maximum size

The maximum size of an SCP document is 5,120 bytes. This limit includes all characters, including white space. To reduce the size of your SCP if you approach the limit, you can remove all white space characters (such as spaces and line breaks) that are outside quotation marks.

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