Security

This page was generated from content adapted from the AWS Developer Guide

Database authentication

  • Important We strongly recommend that you do not use the master user directly in your applications. Instead, adhere to the best practice of using a database user created with the minimal privileges required for your application.
  • Note Currently, Kerberos authentication isn't supported for MariaDB DB instances.

Password management with RDS and Secrets Manager

  • Note This policy enforces password management in AWS Secrets Manager at creation. However, you can still disable Secrets Manager integration and manually set a master password by modifying the instance. To prevent this, include rds:ModifyDBInstance, rds:ModifyDBCluster in the Action block of the policy. Be aware, this prevents the user from applying any further modifications to existing instances which do not have Secrets Manager integration enabled.

Infrastructure security

  • Note If your DB instance is in a VPC but isn't publicly accessible, you can also use an AWS Site-to-Site VPN connection or an AWS Direct Connect connection to access it from a private network. For more information, see Internetwork traffic privacy.

Controlling access with security groups

  • Note If your DB instance is in a VPC but isn't publicly accessible, you can also use an AWS Site-to-Site VPN connection or an AWS Direct Connect connection to access it from a private network. For more information, see Internetwork traffic privacy.
  • Note The RDS console displays different security group rule names for your database if the Port value is configured to a non-default value.

Master user account privileges

  • Important We strongly recommend that you do not use the master user directly in your applications. Instead, adhere to the best practice of using a database user created with the minimal privileges required for your application.
  • Note If you accidentally delete the permissions for the master user, you can restore them by modifying the DB instance and setting a new master user password. For more information about modifying a DB instance, see Modifying an Amazon RDS DB instance.

Service-linked roles

  • Note You must configure permissions to allow an IAM entity (such as a user, group, or role) to create, edit, or delete a service-linked role. If you encounter the following error message: Unable to create the resource. Verify that you have permission to create service linked role. Otherwise wait and try again later. Make sure you have the following permissions enabled:
  • Important If you were using the Amazon RDS service before December 1, 2017, when it began supporting service-linked roles, then Amazon RDS created the AWSServiceRoleForRDS role in your account. To learn more, see A new role appeared in my AWS account.
  • Note You must configure permissions to allow an IAM entity (such as a user, group, or role) to create, edit, or delete a service-linked role. If you encounter the following error message: Unable to create the resource. Verify that you have permission to create service linked role. Otherwise wait and try again later. Make sure you have the following permissions enabled: