Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Federated Users and Temporary Security Credentials for AWS CloudFormation


AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of AWS resources. Today, we added support for the CloudFormation APIs to be called using temporary security credentials provided by the AWS Security Token Service.

This enables a number of scenarios such as federated users using CloudFormation and authorizing Amazon EC2 instances with IAM roles to call CloudFormation. Before this launch, calling CloudFormation required use of an IAM user or AWS account credentials.

AWS supports federated user access to AWS service APIs and resources. Federated users are managed in an external directory and are granted temporary access AWS services. You now have the option of authorizing federated users to call AWS CloudFormation APIs, as an alternative to creating IAM users to use CloudFormation. A federated user can also sign in and manage CloudFormation stacks from the AWS Management Console (if interested, here is a sample proxy server that demonstrates setting this up).

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