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Privilege Escalation in Amazon Web Services

Elevating Permissions in AWS IAM

Privilege escalation, in the traditional sense, is “a type of network intrusion that takes advantage of programming errors or design flaws to grant the attacker elevated access to the network and its associated data and applications.”

While the term “privilege escalation” is most often used to describe attacks on physical corporate networks, the same risks exist for networks in the cloud. While the methodologies differ quite significantly, the end result is usually the same: attackers gain unauthorized access to resources by exploiting insecure configurations.

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