Check your EC2 security groups for inbound rules that allow unrestricted access (i.e. 0.0.0.0/0 or ::/0) to TCP port 23 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 port 23 is used by the Telnet server application (telnetd). Telnet is usually used to check whether a client is able to make TCP/IP connections to a particular service: https://goo.gl/r4tbwi
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Allowing unrestricted Telnet access can increase opportunities for malicious activity such as IP address spoofing, man-in-the-middle attacks (MITM) and brute-force attacks.
To determine if your EC2 security groups allow unrestricted Telnet access, perform the following:
Remediation / Resolution
To update your security groups inbound/ingress configuration in order to restrict Telnet access to specific entities (IP addresses, IP ranges, etc), perform the following:
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Unrestricted Telnet Access
Risk level: Medium