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Exfiltrate RDS Snapshot by Sharing

Platform: AWS


  • Exfiltration


This attack has two different ways to share a RDS DB Snapshot externally.
- The first option shares a RDS DB Snapshot with "all", aka everyone.
- The second case shares a RDS DB Snapshot with an external, fictitious AWS account, (012345678912)

Attacker Actions:

  • Calls the ModifyDBSnapshotAttribute API, adding the restore attribute and assigning that to the AWS Account, 012345678912 or all
  • Resulting event name: ModifyDBSnapshotAttribute
  • Assigned IAM Permission: rds:ModifyDBSnapshotAttribute

Workflow Inputs:

Specify which user this attack should run as.

# Sharing the RDS DB Snapshot with "all", aka, publicly

# Sharing the RDS DB Snapshot with an external fictitious account

Clean Up:

  • Removes the external fictitious external AWS account or "all" from the restore attribute.
  • Executed as the DeRF Default User

Execution Instructions

  • See User Guide for Execution Instructions via the Google Cloud Console
  • Programmatically execute this workflow with the following cli command:
gcloud workflows run aws-rds-share-snapshot-srt --data={"case":"1","user":"user01"}   

Detection Artifacts

Identify when a RDS snapshot is shared with an external account, through CloudTrail's ModifyDBSnapshotAttribute event specifically when the requestParameters.valuesToAdd key either contains an external AWS Account or the string "all".

Refer to Stratus Red Team documentation for additional detailed detection artifacts produced by this attack technique.