Ensure that all your IAM groups are using managed policies (AWS and customer managed policies) instead of inline policies (embedded policies) to better control and manage the access permissions to your AWS account.
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Defining access permissions for your IAM groups using managed policies can offer multiple benefits such as reusability, versioning and rollback, automatic updates, larger policy size and fine-grained control over your policies assignment.
To determine if your IAM groups have any inline policies attached, perform the following:
Remediation / Resolution
To update the IAM group access configuration and replace any inline policies with managed policies, you need perform the following:
- AWS Documentation
- AWS Identity and Access Management FAQs
- Managed Policies and Inline Policies
- Working with Managed Policies
- AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) Documentation
- AWS Blog(s)
- An Easier Way to Manage Your Policies
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IAM Group With Inline Policies
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