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Version: 3.9.0

How to Find AWS API Gateways Without WAF ACLs

Access control lists (ACLs) reduce the attack surface and minimize the risk of service abuse for internet-reachable services.


This security check is part of the CIS Amazon Web Services Benchmarks and is rated severity medium.


This guide assumes that you have already installed and configured Resoto to collect your AWS resources.


  1. Execute the following search command in Resoto Shell or Resoto UI:

    > search is(aws_apigateway_stage) and stage_web_acl_arn==null
    ​kind=aws_apigateway_stage, ..., region=resoto-poweruser
    ​kind=aws_apigateway_stage, ..., account=poweruser-team
  2. Pipe the search command into the dump command:

    > search is(aws_apigateway_stage) and stage_web_acl_arn==null | dump
    ​ id: /aws/apigateway/123
    ​ name: some-name
    ​ ctime: '2022-12-05T22:53:14Z'
    ​ kind: aws_apigateway_stage
    ​ age: 2mo28d

    The command output will list the details of all non-compliant aws_apigateway_stage resources.


Use AWS WAF to protect your API Gateway API from common web exploits. SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks can affect API availability and performance, compromise security, or consume excessive resources.


Please refer to the AWS API Gateway documentation for details.

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