User with console access created with Access Keys during initial setup

Risk Level

Hazardous (3)

Compliance Frameworks


When creating a IAM User you need to determine what type of access they require. AWS console defaults to no check boxes selected on AWS access type section. In case the user require Programmatic access, an access key needs to be created for that user. Requiring the additional steps be taken by the user for programmatic access after their profile has been created will give a stronger indication of intent that access keys are [a] necessary for their work and [b] once the access key is established on an account that the keys may be in use somewhere in the organization. It was detected that user {AwsUser} was created with access keys during initial setup. Even if it is known the user will need access keys, require them to create the keys themselves or put in a support ticket to have them created as a separate step from user creation.
  • Recommended Mitigation

    Remove any unnecessary access keys, and make sure they are not created by default when creating a new user.