AWS fixes security flaws that exposed AWS customer data


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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has addressed an AWS Glue security issue that allowed attackers to access and alter data linked to other AWS customer accounts.

AWS Glue is a serverless cloud data integration service that helps discover, prepare, and combine data for app development, machine learning, and analytics.

The flaw stemmed from an exploitable AWS Glue feature and an internal service API misconfiguration that allowed Orca Security security researchers to escalate privileges to gain access to all service resources in the region.

"During our research, we were able to identify a feature in AWS Glue that could be exploited to obtain credentials to a role within the AWS service’s own account, which provided us full access to the internal service API," explained Yanir Tsarimi, a Cloud Security Researcher at Orca Security. "In combination with an internal misconfiguration in the Glue internal service API, we were able to further escalate privileges within the account to the point where we had unrestricted access to all resources for the service in the region, including full administrative privileges."

The researchers added that their findings were uncovered using only Orca Security-owned AWS accounts and that they didn't access information or data belonging to other AWS customers during their research.

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