Ensure that your AWS RDS DB security groups do not allow access from 0.0.0.0/0 (i.e. anywhere, every machine that has the ability to establish a connection) in order to reduce the risk of unauthorized access.
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When RDS DB security groups allow unrestricted access (0.0.0.0/0), everyone and everything on the Internet can make a connection to your RDS database resources and this can increase the opportunity for malicious activities such as hacking or denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.
Note: This guide is intended only for the AWS accounts created before 2013.12.04 that support both EC2-Classic and EC2-VPC. If your AWS account was created after that date, it supports only EC2-VPC, which means that your RDS instances were created in a VPC (default or non-default) that is using VPC security groups instead of DB security groups.
To determine if your existing RDS DB security groups allow unrestricted access, perform the following:
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