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AWS Shield, ReadOnly, and "not authorized to perform: shield:GetSubscriptionState" work-around

September 06, 2018 #aws #iam #security

As a “ReadOnly” user, if you go to try and look at https://console.aws.amazon.com/waf/home#/ddp/onboard/info, you may get blocked with this message:

Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies currently restrict your access to the console. Contact your AWS administrator if you need help. If you are an AWS administrator, see the AWS WAF documentation.

User: arn:aws:sts::123456789012:assumed-role/projectID-ReadOnly/kevin.hakanson@example.com is not authorized to perform: shield:GetSubscriptionState on resource: arn:aws:shield::123456789012:subscription/*

Jump directly to the summary page with https://console.aws.amazon.com/waf/home#/ddp/summary 

You can also verify the AWS Shield subscription using the AWS CLI, but make sure to target the us-east-1 region (see AWS Regions and Endpoints).

$ aws shield describe-subscription --region us-east-1
{
    "Subscription": {
        "StartTime": 1531749886.0,
        "EndTime": 1563372286.0,
        "TimeCommitmentInSeconds": 31622400,
        "AutoRenew": "ENABLED",
        "Limits": [
            {
                "Type": "ROUTE53_HOSTED_ZONE",
                "Max": 100
            },
            {
                "Type": "CF_DISTRIBUTION",
                "Max": 100
            },
            {
                "Type": "ELB_LOAD_BALANCER",
                "Max": 100
            },
            {
                "Type": "EC2_ELASTIC_IP_ALLOCATION",
                "Max": 100
            }
        ]
    }
}

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