Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a public cloud service offered by Amazon web services (AWS). Amazon S3 provides object storage through a simple web service interface. It is widely used to store photos, videos, text files, documents, PDF files and to store backups of large amounts of data as well.
Amazon S3 access control lists (ACLs) empower the user to manage access to buckets and objects. Each and every bucket has an ACL to it as a sub-asset. It characterizes which AWS accounts or groups are granted access and the type of access. Whenever a user had made a request, Amazon S3 checks the corresponding ACL to verify that the requester has the necessary access permissions or not.
Amazon S3 supports two addressing models Virtual-Hosted–Style and Path-Style URLs to access a bucket hosted on AWS Cloud
In Amazon S3, Virtual Hosted Style URLs follow the format shown below:
In this example, infosec-securelayer7.net is the bucket name, ap-south-1 is the Region, and credentials.txt is the key name:
In Amazon S3, path-style URLs follow the format shown below.
In this example, infosec-securelayer7.com is the bucket name, ap-south-1 is the Region, and credentials.txt is the key name:
There are different tools available to find the S3 bucket names :
Using Google Dorks:
site: amazonaws.com inurl: infosec-securelayer7.net
“target application name” amazonaws.com
Using CDN object URL:
Using the burp suite while uploading:
When you are uploading any images or files in target application capture the request in burp suite and search for a string like
In case of virtual hosted style addressing modes anythings before s3 is identified as a bucket name and from the above URL, the infosec-securelayer7.net is a bucket name
In case of path style addressing mode, it is
Using the burp suite while downloading:
When you are downloading any file from the target application we have to captures the request in burp suite and find the name of the bucket or just wait for the prompt in any browser it will show the path from where the file is being downloaded from. This is the endpoint where we find the bucket name.
From the URL’s included in the web page
If there are any images posted on a target web application just right click on it and open it in a new tab and observe the URL if it shows similar to the below URL, we can find the bucket name in the URL.
Spidering using burp suite
If you are using Burpsuite just send the target application for spidering and analyze request which is spidered and also go through HTTP history to find out the bucket name.
The AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) is an open-source tool that enables you to interact with AWS services using commands in a command-line shell.
To install AWS CLI you can simply install using below command
pip3 install awscli
For more commands and guide you can follow the official guide link below:
In this blog, we learned in brief about Amazon S3 bucket, why and where it is used, access control list which helps us manage user permission in S3, naming conventions, different addressing modes Virtual-Hosted–Style and Path-Style URLs and a bit about Amazon AWS CLI and its configuration. In the next part, we will be learning about the common vulnerabilities in AWS’s S3 bucket and its exploitations.
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