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This search looks for AWS CloudTrail events where a user created a policy version that allows them to access any resource in their account

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Security Analytics for AWS, Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2021-02-22
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: 2a9b80d3-6340-4345-b5ad-212bf3d0dac4


ID Technique Tactic
T1078.004 Cloud Accounts Defense Evasion, Persistence, Privilege Escalation, Initial Access
`cloudtrail` eventName=CreatePolicyVersion eventSource = errorCode = success 
| spath input=requestParameters.policyDocument output=key_policy_statements path=Statement{} 
| mvexpand key_policy_statements 
| spath input=key_policy_statements output=key_policy_action_1 path=Action 
| search key_policy_action_1 = "*" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime values(key_policy_statements) as policy_added by eventName eventSource aws_account_id errorCode userAgent eventID awsRegion userIdentity.principalId user_arn 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must install splunk AWS add on and Splunk App for AWS. This search works with AWS CloudTrail logs.

Required field

  • _time
  • eventName
  • userAgent
  • errorCode
  • requestParameters.userName

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

While this search has no known false positives, it is possible that an AWS admin has legitimately created a policy to allow a user to access all resources. That said, AWS strongly advises against granting full control to all AWS resources


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 User $user$ created a policy version that allows them to access any resource in their account


Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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