risks / Policy destruction


Allows an attacker to delete IAM policies. When these policies would otherwise deny attacker access, can allow an attacker both vertical and lateral privilege escalation.


Exploited in isolation, this risk has the potential to disrupt central organizational operations, destroy trust, or create significant liability. Alternatively, this risk gives attackers access to broadly provisioned identities that enable the above impacts (such as root privilege escalation risks).


  1. Favor restricted allow policies over deny policies


  1. https:/​/​attack.mitre.org/​techniques/​T1098/​

Affected Privileges

An attacker may be able to exploit this risk if they gain any of the following privileges:

Amazon Web Services

Google Cloud Platform

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