Profile Applicability: Level 1


Description: 

Password policies are, in part, used to enforce password complexity requirements. IAM password policies can be used to ensure passwords are comprised of different character sets. It is recommended that the password policy requires at least one symbol.


Rationale: 

At least one symbol in the password and similar conditions such as minimum length, whether it requires nonalphabetic characters, and how frequently it must be rotated in the user's account will make a strong password. It's one of the best security practices.


Impact:

Setting a password complexity policy increases account resiliency against brute force login attempts. 


Default Value:

By default, AWS will have only a few password policy and if you want to make custom policies you can follow the remediation steps.


Pre-requisites:

  • Login to AWS console with Administrator access

  • After auditing, if you found at least one symbol condition is not enabled then only perform the below steps.


Remediation:

Test plan:

  1. Login to AWS Console 

  2. Go to IAM Service on the AWS Console https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/

  3. Click on Account Settings on the Left Pane

  4. Check the list of policies shown under Password policy section to know whether the particular policy is enabled or not


Using AWS CLI:

To view the password policy:

aws iam get-account-password-policy


Implementation steps:

Perform the following to set the password policy as prescribed:

  1. Login to AWS Console 

  2. Go to IAM Service on the AWS Console https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/

  3. Click on Account Settings on the Left Pane

  4. Click on Change password policy button under password policy section

  5. Check the Require at least one non-alphanumeric character (! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + - = [ ] { } | ') check box and click on save changes




Using AWS CLI:

To create or change the custom password policy:

aws iam update-account-password-policy --require-symbols


Backout plan:

  • Login to AWS Console 

  • Go to IAM Service on the AWS Console https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/

  • Click on Account Settings on the Left Pane

  • If you want to delete or change the custom policies click on Delete or Change buttons

Using AWS CLI:

To delete the custom password policy:

aws iam delete-account-password-policy


References: 

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/IAM/latest/UserGuide/id_credentials_passwords_account-policy.html#IAMPasswordPolicy


CIS Controls:

16. Account Monitoring and Control

Account Monitoring and Control