Amazon Web Services Access

AWS includes a highly granular set of access policies, which can be combined into roles and groups. Ipsilon is used to translate between IAM policy groupings and groups in the Fedora Account System (FAS).

Contact Information

Fedora Infrastructure Team
puiterwijk, nirik, pfrields
Provide AWS resource access to contributors via FAS group membership.

Accessing the AWS Console

To access the AWS Console via Ipsilon authentication, use this SAML link.

You must be in the aws-iam FAS group (or another group with IAM access) to perform this action.

Adding a role to AWS IAM

Sign into AWS via the URL above, and visit Identity and Access Management (IAM) in the Security, Identity and Compliance tools.

Choose Roles to view current roles. Confirm there is not already a role matching the one you need. If not, create a new role as follows:

  1. Select Create role.
  2. Select SAML 2.0 federation.
  3. Choose the SAML provider, which should already be populated as a choice from previous use.
  4. Select the attribute SAML:aud. For value, enter Do not add a condition. Proceed to the next step.
  5. Assign the appropriate policies from the pre-existing IAM policies. It’s unlikely you’ll have to create your own, which is outside the scope of this SOP. Then proceed to the next step.
  6. Set the role name and description. It is recommended you use the same role name as the FAS group for clarity. Fill in a longer description to clarify the purpose of the role. Then choose Create role.

Note or copy the Role ARN (Amazon Resource Name) for the new role. You’ll need this in the mapping below.

Adding a group to FAS

When finished, login to FAS and create a group to correspond to the new role. Use the prefix aws- to denote new AWS roles in FAS. This makes them easier to locate in a search.

It may be appropriate to set group ownership for aws- groups to an Infrastructure team principal, and then add others as users or sponsors. This is especially worth considering for groups that have modify (full) access to an AWS resource.

Adding an IAM role mapping in Ipsilon

Add the new role mapping for FAS group to Role ARN in the ansible git repo, under roles/ipsilon/files/ Current mappings look like this:

aws_groups = {
    'aws-master': 'arn:aws:iam::125523088429:role/aws-master',
    'aws-iam': 'arn:aws:iam::125523088429:role/aws-iam',
    'aws-billing': 'arn:aws:iam::125523088429:role/aws-billing',
    'aws-atomic': 'arn:aws:iam::125523088429:role/aws-atomic',
    'aws-s3-readonly': 'arn:aws:iam::125523088429:role/aws-s3-readonly'

Add your mapping to the dictionary as shown. Ipsilon should receive the change within a few minutes of the ansible git repo change.

Other Notes

AWS resource access that is not read-only should be treated with care. In some cases, Amazon or other entities may absorb AWS costs, so changes in usage can cause issues if not controlled or monitored. If you have doubts about access, consult the Fedora Project Leader or Fedora Engineering Manager.