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Secrets Manager

cloud-services-amazon-ec2 | Level: Easy  | Total Lab Runs: 0 | Premium Lab

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Applications deployed on EC2 instances might require interaction with other AWS resources such as DynamoDB, S3 buckets, etc. On EC2 instances, this is facilitated with the help of instance metadata service (IMDS). The credentials of an instance profile associated with the instance can be retrieved by interacting with IMDS.

Sensitive information such as credentials, private keys, api-keys are commonly stored in Secrets Manager on AWS. An attacker once inside the EC2 instance, can interact with the IMDS service to get the role's security credentials. The security credentials can be used to retrieve secrets from the secrets manager.

Interact with the instance metadata service and retrieve the secret from the secrets manager.


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