Important Security Notification regarding your Amazon S3 bucket settings







Dear Amazon S3 Customer,

We’ve noticed that your Amazon S3 account has a bucket where your permissions allow anonymous requestors to perform READ operations, enumerating the contents of the bucket. Amazon S3 buckets are private by default. Recently, some tools and scripts have emerged which scan services like Amazon S3 and enumerate objects in publicly listable buckets. These tools could be used to identify objects in your bucket. The use of these tools against your buckets may also produce unintended charges in your account.

We’re always looking for ways to better serve our customers. We wanted to contact you in case you’d like to re-enable additional access control on your bucket to protect against unintended uses. We know there are good reasons why some of our customers prefer to allow anonymous access on buckets. This can simplify development against S3. Instead of using an authenticated client to access objects and pass them to end users, you allow end users to access objects directly. However, if you would like to modify your security configuration to protect your bucket by restricting access, Amazon S3 provides a number of powerful, simple means to define controls. Access Control Lists (ACLs) allow you to selectively grant permissions for a bucket (read, write, read ACL, and write ACL) to a list of grantees. You can also use Bucket Policies. Bucket Policies enable you to add or deny permissions across all or a subset of objects within a bucket. You can use wildcarding to define sets of objects within a bucket against which policy is applied, more granularly control the allowed operations, and even control access based on request properties.

You can apply bucket policies or ACLs to your bucket using the AWS Management Console or the AWS SDK. You can also monitor use of your buckets by setting up Server Access Logging, described in our Developer Guide under Setting Up Server Access Logging. For further information on managing permissions on Amazon S3, please visit the Amazon S3 Developer Guide topics on Amazon S3 Access Control and the AWS Security Center. We also recommend Jeff Barr’s blog post Amazon S3 Bucket Policies - Another Way to Protect Your Content.


The Amazon S3 Team

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