Check your EC2 security groups for inbound rules that allow unrestricted access (i.e. 0.0.0.0/0 or ::/0) to any uncommon TCP and UDP ports and restrict access to only those IP addresses that require it in order to implement the principle of least privilege and reduce the possibility of a breach. A uncommon port can be any TCP/UDP port that is not included in the common services ports category, i.e. other than the commonly used ports such as 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS), 20/21 (FTP), 22 (SSH), 23 (Telnet), 3389 (RDP), 1521 (Oracle), 3306 (MySQL), 5432 (PostgreSQL), 53 (DNS), 1433 (MSSQL) and 137/138/139/445 (SMB/CIFS).
This rule can help you with the following compliance standards:
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- NIST 800-53 (Rev. 4)
This rule can help you work with the AWS Well-Architected Framework
This rule resolution is part of the Cloud Conformity Security & Compliance tool for AWS
Allowing unrestricted (0.0.0.0/0 or ::/0) inbound/ingress access to uncommon ports can increase opportunities for malicious activity such as hacking, data loss and all multiple types of attacks (brute-force attacks, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, etc).
To determine if your EC2 security groups allow unrestricted ingress access to uncommon ports, perform the following:
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To update your EC2 security groups inbound configuration in order to restrict access to specific entities (IP addresses, IP ranges or other security groups), perform the following:
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Unrestricted Inbound Access on Uncommon Ports
Risk level: Medium