Check your EC2 security groups for inbound rules that allow unrestricted access (i.e. 0.0.0.0/0 or ::/0) to TCP ports 20 and 21 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. TCP ports 20 and 21 are used for data transfer and communication by the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client-server applications: https://goo.gl/bBwI7t.
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Allowing unrestricted FTP access can increase opportunities for malicious activity such as brute-force attacks, FTP bounce attacks, spoofing attacks and packet capture.
To determine if your EC2 security groups allow unrestricted FTP access, perform the following:
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To update your security groups inbound/ingress configuration in order to restrict FTP access to specific entities (IP addresses, IP ranges, etc), perform the following:
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Unrestricted FTP Access
Risk level: Medium