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Table of Contents
What is AWS WAF? ....................................................................................................................... 1
How AWS WAF Works ............................................................................................................ 1
AWS WAF Pricing .................................................................................................................. 3
AWS Identity and Access Management ..................................................................................... 3
Setting Up for AWS WAF ................................................................................................................ 4
Step 1: Sign Up for an AWS Account ......................................................................................... 4
Step 2: Create an IAM User ..................................................................................................... 4
Step 3: Download Tools .......................................................................................................... 6
Getting Started with AWS WAF ........................................................................................................ 7
Step 1: Set Up for AWS WAF ................................................................................................... 8
Step 2: Start the Wizard .......................................................................................................... 8
Step 3: Create an IP Match Condition ....................................................................................... 8
Step 4: Create a String Match Condition .................................................................................... 9
Step 5: Create a SQL Injection Match Condition ........................................................................ 10
Step 6: Create a Size Constraint Condition ............................................................................... 11
Step 7: Create a Rule and Add Conditions ............................................................................... 12
Step 8: Add the Rule to a Web ACL ......................................................................................... 13
Step 9: Associate a Web ACL with a CloudFront Distribution ........................................................ 14
Step 10: Clean Up Your Resources ......................................................................................... 14
Creating and Configuring a Web Access Control List (Web ACL) .......................................................... 17
Deciding on the Default Action for a Web ACL ........................................................................... 18
Working with IP Match Conditions ........................................................................................... 18
Creating an IP Match Condition ...................................................................................... 18
Editing IP Match Conditions ........................................................................................... 19
Deleting IP Match Conditions ......................................................................................... 20
Working with String Match Conditions ..................................................................................... 20
Creating a String Match Condition .................................................................................. 21
Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit String Match Conditions ............................. 21
Adding and Deleting Filters in a String Match Condition ...................................................... 23
Deleting String Match Conditions .................................................................................... 24
Working with SQL Injection Match Conditions ........................................................................... 25
Creating SQL Injection Match Conditions ......................................................................... 25
Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit SQL Injection Match Conditions ................... 26
Adding and Deleting Filters in a SQL Injection Match Condition ............................................ 27
Deleting SQL Injection Match Conditions ......................................................................... 28
Working with Size Constraint Conditions .................................................................................. 28
Creating Size Constraint Conditions ................................................................................ 29
Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit Size Constraint Conditions .......................... 29
Adding and Deleting Filters in a Size Constraint Condition .................................................. 31
Deleting Size Constraint Conditions ................................................................................ 32
Working with Rules .............................................................................................................. 32
Creating a Rule and Adding Conditions ........................................................................... 32
Adding and Removing Conditions in a Rule ...................................................................... 34
Deleting a Rule ........................................................................................................... 34
Listing the Web ACLs that Include a Specified Rule ........................................................... 35
Working with Web ACLs ........................................................................................................ 35
Creating a Web ACL ..................................................................................................... 36
Associating or Disassociating a Web ACL and a CloudFront Distribution ................................ 38
Editing a Web ACL ....................................................................................................... 38
Deleting a Web ACL ..................................................................................................... 39
Testing Web ACLs ....................................................................................................................... 40
Counting the Web Requests that Match the Rules in a Web ACL .................................................. 40
Viewing a Sample of the Web Requests that CloudFront has Forwarded to AWS WAF ..................... 41
Using IAM to Control Access to AWS WAF Resources ....................................................................... 43
Controlling User Access to AWS WAF ..................................................................................... 43
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Example User Policies for AWS WAF ......................................................................................
Give Users Read-only Access to AWS WAF and CloudFront ...............................................
Give Users Full Access to AWS WAF and CloudFront ........................................................
Controlling Access to Specified Resources ...............................................................................
Example Policy for Controlling Access to Specified Resources .............................................
How AWS WAF Works with Amazon CloudFront Features ...................................................................
Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Custom Error Pages ...............................................................
Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Geo Restriction .....................................................................
Choosing the HTTP Methods that CloudFront Responds to .........................................................
Using the AWS WAF API ...............................................................................................................
Using the AWS SDKs ...........................................................................................................
Making HTTPS Requests to AWS WAF ...................................................................................
Request URI ...............................................................................................................
HTTP Headers ............................................................................................................
HTTP Request Body ....................................................................................................
HTTP Responses ................................................................................................................
Error Responses .........................................................................................................
Authenticating Requests .......................................................................................................
Tutorials .....................................................................................................................................
Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Exceed Request Limits ........................................................
Solution Overview ........................................................................................................
Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Rate-Based Blocking ................................
Step 2: Update Your CloudFront Distribution Settings .........................................................
Step 3: (Optional) Edit AWS CloudFormation Parameter Values ...........................................
Step 4: (Optional) Test Your Thresholds and IP Rules .........................................................
Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS CloudFormation Stack .................................................
Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad Requests ..........................................................
Solution Overview ........................................................................................................
Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad
Requests ...................................................................................................................
Step 2: Update Your CloudFront Distribution Settings .........................................................
Step 3: (Optional) Edit AWS CloudFormation Parameter Values ...........................................
Step 4: (Optional) Test Your Thresholds and IP Rules .........................................................
Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS CloudFormation Stack .................................................
Limits ........................................................................................................................................
Resources ..................................................................................................................................
AWS Resources ..................................................................................................................
Document History ........................................................................................................................
AWS Glossary .............................................................................................................................
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How AWS WAF Works
What is AWS WAF?
AWS WAF is a web application firewall that lets you monitor the HTTP and HTTPS requests that are
forwarded to Amazon CloudFront and lets you control access to your content. Based on conditions that
you specify, such as the IP addresses that requests originate from or the values of query strings, CloudFront
responds to requests either with the requested content or with an HTTP 403 status code (Forbidden).
You can also configure CloudFront to return a custom error page when a request is blocked.
At the simplest level, AWS WAF lets you choose one of the following behaviors:
• Allow all requests except the ones that you specify – This is useful when you want CloudFront to
serve content for a public website but you also want to block requests from attackers.
• Block all requests except the ones that you specify – This is useful when you want CloudFront to
serve content for a restricted website whose users are readily identifiable by properties in web requests
such as the IP addresses they use to browse to the website.
• Count the requests that match the properties that you specify – When you want to allow or block
requests based on new properties in web requests, you can first configure AWS WAF to count the
requests that match those properties without allowing or blocking those requests. This lets you confirm
that you didn't accidentally configure AWS WAF to block all of the traffic to your website. When you're
confident that you specified the correct properties, you can change the behavior to allow or block
requests.
Using AWS WAF has several potential benefits:
• Additional protection against web attacks using conditions that you specify. You can define conditions
by using characteristics of web requests such as the IP address that the requests originate from, the
values in headers, strings that appear in the requests, and the presence of malicious SQL code in the
request, which is known as SQL injection.
• Rules that you can reuse for multiple web applications
• Real-time metrics and sampled web requests
• Automated administration using the AWS WAF API
How AWS WAF Works
You control how Amazon CloudFront responds to web requests by creating conditions, rules, and web
access control lists (web ACLs).
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Conditions
Conditions define the basic characteristics that you want AWS WAF to watch for in web requests:
• The IP addresses or address ranges that requests originate from.
• Strings that appear in the request, for example, values that appear in the User-Agent header or
text strings that appear in the query string.
• Malicious SQL code. Attackers try to extract data from your database by embedding malicious
SQL code in a web request; this is known as SQL injection.
• The length of specified parts of the request, such as the query string.
Some conditions take multiple values. For example, you can specify up to 1000 IP addresses or IP
address ranges in an IP condition.
Rules
You combine conditions into rules to precisely target the requests that you want to allow or block.
For example, based on recent requests that you've seen from an attacker, you might create a rule
that includes the following conditions:
• The requests come from 192.0.2.44.
• They contain the value BadBot in the User-Agent header.
• They include malicious SQL code in the query string.
When a rule includes all three of these conditions, AWS WAF looks for requests that match all three
conditions—it ANDs the conditions together.
Web ACLs
Finally, you combine rules into a web ACL. This is where you define an action for each rule—allow,
block, or count—and a default action:
An action for each rule
When a web request matches all of the conditions in a rule, AWS WAF can either allow the
request to be forwarded to CloudFront or block the request. You specify the action that you want
AWS WAF to perform for each rule.
AWS WAF compares a request with the rules in a web ACL in the order in which you listed the
rules and takes the action that is associated with the first rule that the request matches. For
example, if a web request matches one rule that allows requests and another rule that blocks
requests, AWS WAF will either allow or block the request depending on which rule is listed first.
If you want to test a new rule before you start using it, you can also configure AWS WAF to count
the requests that meet all of the conditions in the rule. As with rules that allow or block requests,
a rule that counts requests is affected by its position in the list of rules in the web ACL. For
example, if a web request matches a rule that allows requests and another rule that counts
requests, and if the rule that allows requests is listed first, the request won't be counted.
A default action
The default action determines whether AWS WAF allows or blocks a request that does not match
all of the conditions in any of the rules in the web ACL. For example, suppose you create a web
ACL and add only the rule that you defined before:
• The requests come from 192.0.2.44.
• They contain the value BadBot in the User-Agent header.
• They include malicious SQL code in the query string.
If a request doesn't meet all three conditions in the rule and if the default action is ALLOW, AWS
WAF forwards the request to CloudFront, and CloudFront responds with the requested object.
If you add two or more rules to a web ACL, AWS WAF performs the default action only if a
request does not satisfy all of the conditions in any of the rules. For example, suppose you add
a second rule that contains one condition:
• The requests that contain the value BIGBadBot in the User-Agent header.
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AWS WAF Pricing
AWS WAF performs the default action only when a request does not meet all three conditions
in the first rule and does not meet the one condition in the second rule.
On rare occasions, AWS WAF might encounter an internal error that delays the response to CloudFront
about whether to allow or block a request. On those occasions, CloudFront either serves the content
from the edge location or forwards the request to your origin. For more information, see How
CloudFront Delivers Content in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
AWS WAF Pricing
As with other AWS products, there are no contracts or minimum commitments for using AWS WAF. You
pay only for the web ACLs and rules that you create, and for the number of HTTP requests that AWS
WAF inspects. For more information, see AWS WAF Pricing.
AWS Identity and Access Management
AWS WAF integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), a service that lets your
organization do the following:
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Create users and groups under your organization's AWS account
Easily share your AWS account resources between the users in the account
Assign unique security credentials to each user
Granularly control users access to services and resources
Get a single AWS bill for all users in the AWS account
For example, you can use IAM with AWS WAF to control which users in your AWS account can create
a new web ACL.
For information about using AWS WAF with IAM, see Using IAM to Control Access to AWS WAF
Resources (p. 43).
For general information about IAM, see the following documentation:
• AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
• IAM Getting Started Guide
• IAM User Guide
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Step 1: Sign Up for an AWS Account
Setting Up for AWS WAF
Before you use AWS WAF for the first time, complete the following tasks:
• Step 1: Sign Up for an AWS Account (p. 4)
• Step 2: Create an IAM User (p. 4)
• Step 3: Download Tools (p. 6)
Step 1: Sign Up for an AWS Account
When you sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS), your AWS account is automatically signed up for
all services in AWS, including AWS WAF. You are charged only for the services that you use.
If you have an AWS account already, skip to the next task. If you don't have an AWS account, use the
following procedure to create one.
To sign up for AWS
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Open http://aws.amazon.com/ and click Sign Up.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone
keypad.
Note your AWS account number, because you'll need it for the next task.
Step 2: Create an IAM User
To use the AWS WAF console, you need to sign in to confirm that you have permission to perform AWS
WAF operations. You can use the credentials for your AWS account, but we don't recommend it. For
greater security and control of your account, we recommend that you use AWS Identity and Access
Management (IAM) to do the following:
• Create an IAM user account for yourself or your business
• Either add the IAM user account to an IAM group that has administrative permissions, or grant the IAM
user account administrative permissions directly
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Step 2: Create an IAM User
You can then sign in to the AWS WAF console (and other service consoles) by using a special URL and
the credentials for the IAM user. You can also add other users to the IAM user account, and control their
level of access to AWS services and to your resources.
Note
For information about creating access keys to access AWS WAF by using the AWS Command
Line Interface (AWS CLI), Tools for Windows PowerShell, the AWS SDKs, or the AWS WAF
API, see Managing Access Keys for IAM Users.
If you signed up for AWS but have not created an IAM user for yourself, you can create one using the
IAM console. If you aren't familiar with using the console, see Working with the AWS Management Console
for an overview.
To create a group for administrators
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Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the IAM console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/iam/.
In the navigation pane, choose Groups, and then choose Create New Group.
For Group Name, type a name for your group, such as Administrators, and then choose Next
Step.
In the list of policies, select the check box next to the AdministratorAccess policy. You can use the
Filter menu and the Search box to filter the list of policies.
Choose Next Step, and then choose Create Group.
Your new group is listed under Group Name.
To create an IAM user for yourself, add the user to the administrators group, and create
a password for the user
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In the navigation pane, choose Users, and then choose Create New Users.
In box 1, type a user name.
Clear the check box next to Generate an access key for each user.
Choose Create.
In the list of users, choose the name (not the check box) of the user you just created. You can use
the Search box to search for the user name.
Choose the Groups tab and then choose Add User to Groups.
Select the check box next to the administrators group. Then choose Add to Groups.
Choose the Security Credentials tab. Under Sign-In Credentials, choose Manage Password.
Select Assign a custom password. Then type a password in the Password and Confirm Password
boxes. When you are finished, choose Apply.
To sign in as this new IAM user, sign out of the AWS console, then use the following URL, where
your_aws_account_id is your AWS account number without the hyphens (for example, if your AWS
account number is 1234-5678-9012, your AWS account ID is 123456789012):
https://your_aws_account_id.signin.aws.amazon.com/console/
Enter the IAM user name and password that you just created. When you're signed in, the navigation bar
displays "your_user_name @ your_aws_account_id".
If you don't want the URL for your sign-in page to contain your AWS account ID, you can create an account
alias. From the IAM dashboard, click Customize and enter an alias, such as your company name. To
sign in after you create an account alias, use the following URL:
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https://your_account_alias.signin.aws.amazon.com/console/
To verify the sign-in link for IAM users for your account, open the IAM console and check under the IAM
users sign-in link on the dashboard.
Step 3: Download Tools
The AWS Management Console includes a console for AWS WAF, but if you want to access AWS WAF
programmatically, the following documentation and tools will help you:
• If you want to call the AWS WAF API without having to handle low-level details like assembling raw
HTTP requests, you can use an AWS SDK. The AWS SDKs provide functions and data types that
encapsulate the functionality of AWS WAF and other AWS services. To download an AWS SDK, see
the applicable page, which also includes prerequisites and installation instructions:
• Java
• JavaScript
• .NET
• Node.js
• PHP
• Python
• Ruby
For a complete list of AWS SDKs, see Tools for Amazon Web Services.
• If you're using a programming language for which AWS doesn't provide an SDK, the AWS WAF API
Reference documents the operations that AWS WAF supports.
• The AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) supports AWS WAF. The AWS CLI lets you control
multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts. For more information,
see AWS Command Line Interface.
• AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell supports AWS WAF. For more information, see AWS Tools for
Windows PowerShell Reference.
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Getting Started with AWS WAF
The example in this topic gives you a quick overview of how to use the AWS WAF to perform the following
tasks:
• Get set up to use AWS WAF
• Start the Set up a web access control list wizard on the AWS WAF console, and specify the conditions
that you want to use to filter web requests such as the IP addresses that the requests originate from
and values in the request that are used only by attackers.
• Add the conditions to a rule. Rules let you target exactly the web requests that you want to block or
allow; a web request must match all of the conditions in a rule before AWS WAF will block or allow
requests based on the conditions that you specify.
• Add the rules to a web access control list (web ACL). This is where you specify whether you want to
block web requests or allow them based on the conditions that you added to each rule.
• Specify a default action, block or allow. This is the action that AWS WAF takes when a web request
doesn't match any of your rules.
• Choose the Amazon CloudFront distribution for which you want AWS WAF to inspect web requests.
Note
AWS typically will bill you less than US$0.25 per day for the resources that you create during
this tutorial. When you're finished, we recommend that you delete the resources to prevent
incurring unnecessary charges.
Topics
• Step 1: Set Up for AWS WAF (p. 8)
• Step 2: Start the Wizard (p. 8)
• Step 3: Create an IP Match Condition (p. 8)
• Step 4: Create a String Match Condition (p. 9)
• Step 5: Create a SQL Injection Match Condition (p. 10)
• Step 6: Create a Size Constraint Condition (p. 11)
• Step 7: Create a Rule and Add Conditions (p. 12)
• Step 8: Add the Rule to a Web ACL (p. 13)
• Step 9: Associate a Web ACL with a CloudFront Distribution (p. 14)
• Step 10: Clean Up Your Resources (p. 14)
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Step 1: Set Up for AWS WAF
Step 1: Set Up for AWS WAF
If you already signed up for an AWS account and created an IAM user as described in Setting Up for
AWS WAF (p. 4), go to Step 2: Start the Wizard (p. 8).
If not, go to Setting Up for AWS WAF (p. 4) and perform at least the first two steps. (You can skip
downloading tools for now because this Getting Started topic focuses on using the AWS WAF console.)
Step 2: Start the Wizard
The Set up a web access control list (Web ACL) wizard guides you through the process of configuring
AWS WAF to block or allow web requests based on conditions that you specify, such as the IP addresses
that the requests originate from or values in the requests.
To start the wizard
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Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
On the AWS WAF Getting started page, click Get started.
(Optional) Review the Concepts overview page.
Choose Next.
On the Create web ACL page, type a value in the Web ACL name field. The name that you specify
also appears in the CloudFront console in the settings for the distribution that you associate with this
web ACL.
Note
You can't change the name after you create the web ACL.
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Type a value in the CloudWatch metric name field. The name can contain only alphanumeric
characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9); it can't contain whitespace.
Note
You can't change the name after you create the web ACL.
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Choose Next.
Step 3: Create an IP Match Condition
An IP match condition specifies the IP addresses or IP address ranges that requests originate from. Later
in the wizard, you specify whether you want to allow requests or block requests that originate from the
specified addresses.
Note
For more information about IP match conditions, see Working with IP Match Conditions (p. 18).
To create an IP match condition
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On the Create conditions page of the wizard, choose Create IP match condition.
In the Name field, type a name. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters.
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In the IP address or range field, type 192.0.2.0/24. This IP address range, specified in CIDR notation,
includes the IP addresses from 192.0.2.0 to 192.0.2.255. (The 192.0.2.0/24 IP address range is
reserved for examples, so no web requests will originate from these IP addresses.)
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Step 4: Create a String Match Condition
You can specify /8, /16, /24, and /32 IP address ranges. (To specify a single IP address, such as
192.0.2.44, type 192.0.2.44/32.) Other ranges aren't supported.
For more information about CIDR notation, see the Wikipedia article Classless Inter-Domain Routing.
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Choose Create.
Step 4: Create a String Match Condition
A string match condition identifies the strings that you want AWS WAF to search for in a request, such
as a specified value in a header or in a query string. Usually, a string will consist of printable ASCII
characters, but you can specify any character from hexadecimal 0x00 to 0xFF (decimal 0 to 255). Later
in the wizard, you specify whether you want to allow or block requests that contain the specified strings.
Note
For more information about string match conditions, see Working with String Match
Conditions (p. 20).
To create a string match condition
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On the Create conditions page of the wizard, choose Create string match condition.
Enter the following values:
Name
Type a name. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters.
Part of the request to filter on
Choose the part of the web request that you want AWS WAF to inspect for a specified string.
For this example, choose Header.
Note
If you choose Body for the value of Part of the request to filter on, AWS WAF inspects
only the first 8192 bytes (8 KB) because CloudFront forwards only the first 8192 bytes
for inspection. To allow or block requests for which the body is longer than 8192 bytes,
you can create a size constraint condition. (AWS WAF gets the length of the body from
the request headers.) For more information, see Step 6: Create a Size Constraint
Condition (p. 11).
Header (Required if "Part of the request to filter on" is "Header")
Because you chose Header for Part of the request to filter on, you need to specify which
header you want AWS WAF to inspect. Type User-Agent. (This value is not case sensitive.)
Match type
Choose where the specified string must appear in the User-Agent header, for example, at the
beginning, at the end, or anywhere in the string.
For this example, choose Exactly matches, which indicates that AWS WAF inspects web
requests for a header value that is identical to the value that you specify.
Transformation
In an effort to bypass AWS WAF, attackers use unusual formatting in web requests, for example,
by adding whitespace or by URL-encoding some or all of the request. Transformations convert
the web request to a more standard format by removing whitespace, URL-decoding the request,
or performing other operations that eliminate much of the unusual formatting that attackers
commonly use.
For this example, choose None.
Value is base64 encoded
When the value that you type in Value to match is already base64-encoded, select this check
box.
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For this example, don't select the check box.
Value to match
Specify the value that you want AWS WAF to search for in the part of web requests that you
indicated in Part of the request to filter on. Use the format that you specified in String format.
For this example, type BadBot. AWS WAF will inspect the User-Agent header in web requests
for the value BadBot.
The maximum length of Value to match is 50 bytes. If you want to specify a base64-encoded
value, the limit is 50 bytes before encoding.
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If you want AWS WAF to inspect web requests for multiple values, such as a User-Agent header
that contains BadBot and a query string that contains BadParameter, you have two choices:
• If you want to allow or block web requests only when they contain both values (AND), you create
one string match condition for each value.
• If you want to allow or block web requests when they contain either value or both (OR), you add
both values to the same string match condition.
For this example, choose Create.
Step 5: Create a SQL Injection Match Condition
A SQL injection match condition identifies the part of web requests, such as a header or a query string,
that you want AWS WAF to inspect for malicious SQL code. Attackers use SQL queries to extract data
from your database. Later in the wizard, you specify whether you want to allow requests or block requests
that contain malicious SQL code.
Note
For more information about string match conditions, see Working with SQL Injection Match
Conditions (p. 25).
To create a SQL injection match condition
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On the Create conditions page of the wizard, choose Create SQL injection condition.
Enter the following values:
SQL injection match set name
Type a name.
Part of the request to filter on
Choose the part of web requests that you want AWS WAF to inspect for malicious SQL code.
For this example, choose Query string.
Note
If you choose Body for the value of Part of the request to filter on, AWS WAF inspects
only the first 8192 bytes (8 KB) because CloudFront forwards only the first 8192 bytes
for inspection. To allow or block requests for which the body is longer than 8192 bytes,
you can create a size constraint condition. (AWS WAF gets the length of the body from
the request headers.) For more information, see Step 6: Create a Size Constraint
Condition (p. 11).
Transformation
For this example, choose URL decode.
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Step 6: Create a Size Constraint Condition
Attackers use unusual formatting, such as URL encoding, in an effort to bypass AWS WAF. The
URL decode option eliminates some of that formatting in the web request before AWS WAF
inspects the request.
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Choose Create.
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Choose Next.
Step 6: Create a Size Constraint Condition
A size constraint condition identifies the part of web requests, such as a header or a query string, that
you want AWS WAF to check for length. If your query strings are always within a given range, you might
want to reject requests for which the query string is outside that range. Later in the wizard, you specify
whether you want to allow requests or block requests based on the size constraints.
Note
For more information about size constraint conditions, see Working with Size Constraint
Conditions (p. 28).
To create a size constraint condition
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On the Create conditions page of the wizard, choose Create size constraint condition.
Enter the following values:
Name
Type a name. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters.
Part of the request to filter on
Choose the part of web requests for which you want AWS WAF to evaluate the length.
For this example, choose Query string.
Comparison operator
Choose how you want AWS WAF to evaluate the length of the query string in web requests with
respect to the value that you specify for Size.
For this example, choose Is greater than, which indicates that AWS WAF inspects web requests
for a query string that is longer than the value that you specify for Size.
Size
Type the length, in bytes, that you want AWS WAF to watch for in query strings.
For this example, type 100. Combined with the option that you chose for Comparison operator,
this causes AWS WAF to inspect web requests for a query string that is longer than 100 bytes.
Note
If you choose URI for the value of Part of the request to filter on, the / in the URI
counts as one character. For example, the URI /logo.jpg is nine characters long.
Transformation
In an effort to bypass AWS WAF, attackers might use unusual formatting in web requests, for
example, by adding whitespace or by URL-encoding some or all of the request. Transformations
convert the web request to a more standard format by removing whitespace, URL-decoding the
request, or performing other operations that eliminate much of the unusual formatting that
attackers commonly use.
Note
If you choose Body for the value of Part of the request to filter on, you can't configure
AWS WAF to perform a transformation because CloudFront forwards only the first 8192
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bytes to AWS WAF. However, you can still filter your traffic based on the size of the
HTTP request body and specify a transformation of None.
For this example, choose URL decode.
3.
4.
Choose Create.
Choose Next.
Step 7: Create a Rule and Add Conditions
You create a rule to specify the conditions that you want AWS WAF to search for in web requests. If you
add more than one condition to a rule, a web request must match all of the conditions in the rule for AWS
WAF to allow or block requests based on that rule.
Note
For more information about rules, see Working with Rules (p. 32).
To create a rule and add conditions
1.
2.
On the Create rules page of the wizard, choose Create rule.
Type the following values:
Name
Type a name. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters.
CloudWatch metric name
Type a name for the CloudWatch metric that AWS WAF will create and will associate with the
rule. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9); it can't contain
whitespace.
3.
For the first condition that you want to add to the rule, specify the following settings:
• Choose whether you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on whether a web request
does or does not match the settings in the condition.
For this example, choose does.
• Choose the type of condition that you want to add to the rule: an IP match set condition, a string
match set condition, or a SQL injection match set condition.
For this example, choose originate from IP addresses in.
• Choose the condition that you want to add to the rule.
For this example, choose the IP match condition that you created in previous tasks.
4.
Choose Add another condition.
5.
Add the string match condition that you created earlier. Specify the following values:
• When a request does
• match at least one of the filters in the string match condition
• Choose your string match condition.
6.
Choose Add another condition.
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7.
Add the SQL injection match condition that you created earlier. Specify the following values:
• When a request does
• match at least one of the filters in the SQL injection match condition
• Choose your SQL injection match condition.
8.
9.
Choose Add another condition.
Add the size constraint condition that you created earlier. Specify the following values:
• When a request does
• match at least one of the filters in the size constraint condition
• Choose your size constraint condition.
10. Choose Create.
Step 8: Add the Rule to a Web ACL
When you add the rule to a web ACL, you specify the following settings:
• The action that you want AWS WAF to take on web requests that match all of the conditions in the rule:
allow, block, or count the requests.
• The default action for the web ACL. This is the action that you want AWS WAF to take on web requests
that do not match all of the conditions in the rule: allow or block the requests.
You can add more than one rule to a web ACL. If a web ACL contains more than one rule, AWS WAF
inspects web requests based on the conditions in each rule in the order that the rules are listed. For
example, if a web request matches one rule that allows requests and another rule that blocks requests,
AWS WAF will either allow or block the request depending on which rule is listed first.
Note
For more information about rules, see Working with Web ACLs (p. 35). For a list of limits on
AWS WAF objects, such as the number of rules that you can create per AWS account, see
Limits (p. 67).
To add a rule to a web ACL
1.
2.
3.
4.
On the Create rules page of the wizard, under Add rules to a web ACL, the rule that you created
in a preceding task is already selected because it's the only rule you have.
When you have more than one rule, you choose the rule that you want to add from the Rules list,
and choose Add rule to web ACL.
For the rule that you added to the web ACL in the preceding step, choose whether you want AWS
WAF to allow, block, or count requests that match all of the conditions in the rule.
For this example, choose Block.
Choose the default action for the web ACL. AWS WAF takes this action on web requests that do not
match all of the conditions in the rule.
For this example, choose Allow all requests that don't match any rules.
Choose Next.
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Distribution
Step 9: Associate a Web ACL with a CloudFront
Distribution
The final step is to associate the web ACL with the CloudFront distribution for which you want AWS WAF
to inspect web requests.
To choose the AWS resource for which you want AWS WAF to inspect requests
1.
2.
On the Choose AWS resource page, in the Resource list, choose the CloudFront distribution that
you want to associate this web ACL with.
Choose Review and create.
3.
Review the settings for your web ACL, and choose Confirm and create.
AWS WAF will now start blocking CloudFront web requests that match all of the following conditions:
• The value of the User-Agent header is BadBot
• The requests originate from IP addresses in the range 192.0.2.0-192.0.2.255
• The requests include malicious SQL code in the query string
AWS WAF will allow CloudFront to respond to any requests that don't meet all three of these conditions.
Step 10: Clean Up Your Resources
You've now successfully completed the tutorial. To prevent your account from accruing additional AWS
WAF charges, you should clean up the AWS WAF objects that you created. Alternatively, you can change
the configuration to match the web requests that you really want to allow, block, and count.
Note
AWS typically will bill you less than US$0.25 per day for the resources that you create during
this tutorial. When you're finished, we recommend that you delete the resources to prevent
incurring unnecessary charges.
To delete the objects that AWS WAF charges for
1.
2.
Disassociate your web ACL from your CloudFront distribution:
a.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
b.
c.
Choose the web ACL that you want to delete.
In the right pane, on the Rules tab, go to the AWS resources using this web ACL section.
For the CloudFront distribution that you associated the web ACL with, choose the x in the Type
column.
Remove the conditions from your rule:
a.
b.
c.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose the rule that you created during the tutorial.
Choose Edit rule.
d.
e.
Choose the x at the right end of each condition heading.
Choose Update.
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3.
4.
Remove the rule from your web ACL, and delete the web ACL:
a.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
b.
c.
d.
Choose the web ACL that you created during the tutorial.
On the Rules tab, choose Edit web ACL.
Choose the x at the right end of the rule heading.
e.
Choose Actions, and then choose Delete web ACL.
Delete your rule:
a.
b.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose the rule that you created during the tutorial.
c.
d.
Choose Delete.
In the Delete prompt, choose Delete again to confirm.
AWS WAF doesn't charge for conditions, but if you want to complete the cleanup, perform the following
procedure to remove filters from conditions and delete the conditions.
To delete filters and conditions
1.
Delete the IP address range in your IP match condition, and delete the IP match condition:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
2.
3.
In the navigation pane of the AWS WAF console, choose IP addresses.
Choose the IP match condition that you created during the tutorial.
Select the check box for the IP address range that you added.
Choose Delete IP address or range.
In the IP match conditions pane, choose Delete.
In the Delete prompt, choose Delete again to confirm.
Delete the filter in your SQL injection match condition, and delete the SQL injection match condition:
a.
In the navigation pane, choose SQL injection.
b.
c.
Choose the SQL injection match condition that you created during the tutorial.
Select the check box for the filter that you added.
d.
e.
Choose Delete filter.
In the SQL injection match conditions pane, choose Delete.
f.
In the Delete prompt, choose Delete again to confirm.
Delete the filter in your string match condition, and delete the string match condition:
a.
In the navigation pane, choose String matching.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Choose the string match condition that you created during the tutorial.
Select the check box for the filter that you added.
Choose Delete filter.
In the String match conditions pane, choose Delete.
f.
In the Delete prompt, choose Delete again to confirm.
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4.
Delete the filter in your size constraint condition, and delete the size constraint condition:
a.
In the navigation pane, choose Size constraints.
b.
c.
d.
Choose the size constraint condition that you created during the tutorial.
Select the check box for the filter that you added.
Choose Delete filter.
e.
f.
In the Size constraint conditions pane, choose Delete.
In the Delete prompt, choose Delete again to confirm.
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Creating and Configuring a Web
Access Control List (Web ACL)
A web access control list (web ACL) gives you fine-grained control over the web requests that your AWS
resources, such as Amazon CloudFront distributions, respond to. You can allow or block requests that
originate from an IP address or a range of IP addresses, requests that contain a specified string in a
particular part of requests, requests that contain malicious SQL code (known as SQL injection), or any
combination of these conditions.
To choose the requests that you want to allow to have access to your content or that you want to block,
perform the following tasks:
1. Choose the default action, allow or block, for web requests that don't match any of the conditions that
you specify. For more information, see Deciding on the Default Action for a Web ACL (p. 18).
2. Specify the conditions under which you want to allow or block requests:
• To allow or block requests based on the IP addresses that they originate from, create IP match
conditions. For more information, see Working with IP Match Conditions (p. 18).
• To allow or block requests based on strings that appear in the requests, create string match conditions.
For more information, see Working with String Match Conditions (p. 20).
• To allow or block requests based on whether the requests contain malicious SQL code, create SQL
injection match conditions. For more information, see Working with SQL Injection Match
Conditions (p. 25).
3. Add the conditions to one or more rules. If you add more than one condition to the same rule, web
requests must match all of the conditions for AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the rule.
For more information, see Working with Rules (p. 32).
4. Add the rules to a web ACL. For each rule, specify whether you want AWS WAF to allow or block
requests based on the conditions that you added to the rule. If you add more than one rule to a web
ACL, AWS WAF evaluates the rules in the order that they're listed in the web ACL. For more information,
see Working with Web ACLs (p. 35).
Topics
• Deciding on the Default Action for a Web ACL (p. 18)
• Working with IP Match Conditions (p. 18)
• Working with String Match Conditions (p. 20)
• Working with SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 25)
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Deciding on the Default Action for a Web ACL
• Working with Size Constraint Conditions (p. 28)
• Working with Rules (p. 32)
• Working with Web ACLs (p. 35)
Deciding on the Default Action for a Web ACL
When you create and configure a web ACL, the first and most important decision that you need to make
is whether the default action should be for AWS WAF to allow web requests or to block web requests.
The default action indicates what you want AWS WAF to do after it has inspected a web request for all
of the conditions that you have specified, and the web request hasn't matched any of those conditions:
• Allow – If you want to allow most users to access your website, but you want to block access to attackers
whose requests are originating from specified IP addresses, or whose requests contain malicious SQL
code or specified values, choose Allow for the default action.
• Block – If you want to prevent most would-be users from accessing your website, but you want to allow
access to users whose requests are originating from specified IP addresses, or whose requests contain
specified values, choose Block for the default action.
Many decisions that you make after you've decided on a default action depend on whether you want to
allow or block most web requests. For example, if you want to allow most requests, then the match
conditions that you create will generally specify the web requests that you want to block, such as:
• Requests that originate from IP addresses that are making an unreasonable number of requests
• Requests that include fake values in the User-Agent header
• Requests that include malicious SQL code
Working with IP Match Conditions
If you want to allow or block web requests based on the IP addresses that the requests originate from,
create one or more IP match conditions. An IP match condition lists up to 1000 IP addresses or IP address
ranges that your requests originate from. Later in the process, when you create a web ACL, you specify
whether to allow or block requests from those IP addresses.
Topics
• Creating an IP Match Condition (p. 18)
• Editing IP Match Conditions (p. 19)
• Deleting IP Match Conditions (p. 20)
Creating an IP Match Condition
If you want to allow some web requests and block others based on the IP addresses that the requests
originate from, create an IP match condition for the IP addresses that you want to allow and another IP
match condition for the IP addresses that you want to block.
Note
When you add an IP match condition to a rule, you can also configure AWS WAF to allow or
block web requests that do not originate from the IP addresses that you specify in the condition.
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Editing IP Match Conditions
To create an IP match condition
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
2.
3.
4.
In the navigation pane, choose IP addresses.
Choose Create condition.
Type a name in the Name field.
5.
The name can contain only the characters A-Z, a-z, and 0-9.You can't change the name of a condition
after you create it.
Specify an IP address or range of IP addresses by using CIDR notation. Here are two examples:
• To specify the IP address 192.0.2.44, type 192.0.2.44/32.
• To specify the range of IP addresses from 192.0.2.0 to 192.0.2.255, type 192.0.2.0/24.
AWS WAF supports /8, /16, /24, and /32 IP address ranges. For more information about CIDR
notation, see the Wikipedia entry Classless Inter-Domain Routing.
Note
AWS WAF currently supports only IPv4 IP addresses.
6.
7.
If you want to add another IP address or range, choose Add another IP address or range, and
repeat step 5.
When you're finished adding values, choose Create IP match condition.
Editing IP Match Conditions
You can add an IP address range to an IP match condition or delete a range. To change a range, add a
new one and delete the old one.
To edit an IP match condition
1.
2.
3.
4.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose IP addresses.
In the IP match conditions pane, choose the IP match condition that you want to edit.
To add an IP address range:
a.
In the right pane, choose Add IP address or range.
b.
Type an IP address range by using CIDR notation. Here are two examples:
• To specify the IP address 192.0.2.44, type 192.0.2.44/32.
• To specify the range of IP addresses from 192.0.2.0 to 192.0.2.255, type 192.0.2.0/24.
AWS WAF supports /8, /16, /24, and /32 IP address ranges. For more information about CIDR
notation, see the Wikipedia entry Classless Inter-Domain Routing.
Note
AWS WAF currently supports only IPv4 IP addresses.
5.
c.
To add more IP addresses, choose Add another IP address and type the value.
d.
Choose Add.
To delete an IP address or range:
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a.
b.
In the right pane, select the values that you want to delete.
Choose Delete IP address or range.
Deleting IP Match Conditions
If you want to delete an IP match condition, you need to first delete all IP addresses and ranges in the
condition and remove the condition from all of the rules that are using it, as described in the following
procedure.
To delete an IP match condition
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
2.
3.
4.
In the navigation pane, choose IP addresses.
In the IP match conditions pane, choose the IP match condition that you want to delete.
In the right pane, choose the Rules tab.
5.
If the list of rules using this IP match condition is empty, go to step 6. If the list contains any rules,
make note of the rules, and continue with step 5.
To remove the IP match condition from the rules that are using it, perform the following steps:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
6.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose the name of a rule that is using the IP match condition that you want to delete.
In the right pane, select the IP match condition that you want to remove from the rule, and choose
Remove selected condition.
Repeat steps b and c for all of the remaining rules that are using the IP match condition that you
want to delete.
In the navigation pane, choose IP match conditions.
In the IP match conditions pane, choose the IP match condition that you want to delete.
Choose Delete to delete the selected condition.
Working with String Match Conditions
If you want to allow or block web requests based on strings that appear in the requests, create one or
more string match conditions. A string match condition identifies the string that you want to search for
and the part of web requests, such as a specified header or the query string, that you want AWS WAF
to inspect for the string. Later in the process, when you create a web ACL, you specify whether to allow
or block requests that contain the string.
Topics
• Creating a String Match Condition (p. 21)
• Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit String Match Conditions (p. 21)
• Adding and Deleting Filters in a String Match Condition (p. 23)
• Deleting String Match Conditions (p. 24)
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Creating a String Match Condition
When you create string match conditions, you specify filters that identify the string that you want to search
for and the part of web requests that you want AWS WAF to inspect for that string, such as the URI or
the query string.You can add more than one filter to a string match condition, or you can create a separate
string match condition for each filter. Here's how each configuration affects AWS WAF behavior:
• One filter per string match condition – When you add the separate string match conditions to a rule
and add the rule to a web ACL, web requests must match all of the conditions for AWS WAF to allow
or block requests based on the conditions.
For example, suppose you create two conditions. One matches web requests that contain the value
BadBot in the User-Agent header. The other matches web requests that contain the value
BadParameter in query strings. When you add both conditions to the same rule and add the rule to
a web ACL, AWS WAF allows or blocks requests only when they contain both values.
• More than one filter per string match condition – When you add a string match condition containing
multiple filters to a rule and add the rule to a web ACL, a web request needs only to match one of the
filters in the string match condition for AWS WAF to allow or block the request based on the one
condition.
Suppose you create one condition instead of two, and the one condition contains the same two filters
as in the preceding example. AWS WAF allows or blocks requests if they contain either BadBot in the
User-Agent header or BadParameter in the query string.
Note
When you add a string match condition to a rule, you can also configure AWS WAF to allow or
block web requests that do not match the values in the condition.
To create a string match condition
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose String matching.
Choose Create condition.
Specify the applicable filter settings. For more information, see Values that You Specify When You
Create or Edit String Match Conditions (p. 21).
If you want to add another filter to this string match condition, choose Add another filter, and specify
the applicable filter settings.
When you're finished adding filters, choose Create string match condition.
Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit
String Match Conditions
When you create or update a string match condition, you specify the following values:
Name
Type a name for the string match condition. The value can contain only the characters A-Z, a-z, and
0-9. You can't change the name of a condition after you create it.
Part of the request to filter on
Choose the part of each web request that you want AWS WAF to inspect for the string that you
specify in Value to match:
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Match Conditions
Header
A specified request header, for example, the User-Agent or Referer header. If you choose
Header, specify the name of the header in the Header field.
HTTP method
The HTTP method, which indicates the type of operation that the request is asking the origin to
perform. CloudFront supports the following methods: DELETE, GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PATCH,
POST, and PUT.
Query string
The part of a URL that appears after a ? character, if any.
URI
The part of a URL that identifies a resource, for example, /images/daily-ad.jpg.
Body
The part of a request that contains any additional data that you want to send to your web server
as the HTTP request body, such as data from a form.
Note
If you choose Body for the value of Part of the request to filter on, AWS WAF inspects
only the first 8192 bytes (8 KB) because CloudFront forwards only the first 8192 bytes
for inspection. To allow or block requests for which the body is longer than 8192 bytes,
you can create a size constraint condition. (AWS WAF gets the length of the body from
the request headers.) For more information, see Working with Size Constraint
Conditions (p. 28).
Header (Only When "Part of the request to filter on" is "Header")
If you chose Header from the Part of the request to filter on list, choose a header from the list of
common headers, or type the name of a header that you want AWS WAF to inspect.
Match type
Within the part of the request that you want AWS WAF to inspect, choose where the string in Value
to match must appear to match this filter:
Contains
The string appears anywhere in the specified part of the request.
Contains word
The specified part of the web request must include Value to match, and Value to match must
contain only alphanumeric characters or underscore (A-Z, a-z, 0-9, or _). In addition, Value to
match must be a word, which means one of the following:
• Value to match exactly matches the value of the specified part of the web request, such as
the value of a header.
• Value to match is at the beginning of the specified part of the web request and is followed by
a character other than an alphanumeric character or underscore (_), for example, BadBot;.
• Value to match is at the end of the specified part of the web request and is preceded by a
character other than an alphanumeric character or underscore (_), for example, ;BadBot.
• Value to match is in the middle of the specified part of the web request and is preceded and
followed by characters other than alphanumeric characters or underscore (_), for example,
-BadBot;.
Exactly matches
The string and the value of the specified part of the request are identical.
Starts with
The string appears at the beginning of the specified part of the request.
Ends with
The string appears at the end of the specified part of the request.
Transformation
A transformation reformats a web request before AWS WAF inspects the request. This eliminates
some of the unusual formatting that attackers use in web requests in an effort to bypass AWS WAF.
Transformations can perform the following operations:
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None
AWS WAF doesn't perform any text transformations on the web request before inspecting it for
the string in Value to match.
Convert to lowercase
AWS WAF converts uppercase letters (A-Z) to lowercase (a-z).
HTML decode
AWS WAF replaces HTML-encoded characters with unencoded characters:
• Replaces " with &
• Replaces   with a non-breaking space
• Replaces &lt; with <
• Replaces &gt; with >
• Replaces characters that are represented in hexadecimal format, &#xhhhh;, with the
corresponding characters
• Replaces characters that are represented in decimal format, &#nnnn;, with the corresponding
characters
Remove whitespace characters
AWS WAF replaces the following characters with a space character (decimal 32):
• \f, formfeed, decimal 12
• \t, tab, decimal 9
• \n, newline, decimal 10
• \r, carriage return, decimal 13
• \v, vertical tab, decimal 11
• non-breaking space, decimal 160
In addition, this option replaces multiple spaces with one space.
Simplify command line
When you're concerned that attackers are injecting an operating system commandline command
and using unusual formatting to disguise some or all of the command, use this option to perform
the following transformations:
• Delete the following characters: \ " ' ^
• Delete spaces before the following characters: / (
• Replace the following characters with a space: , ;
• Replace multiple spaces with one space
• Convert uppercase letters (A-Z) to lowercase (a-z)
URL decode
Decode a URL-encoded request.
Value is base64 encoded
If the value in Value to match is base64-encoded, select this check box. Use base64-encoding to
specify non-printable characters, such as tabs and linefeeds, that attackers include in their requests.
Value to match
Specify the value that you want AWS WAF to search for in web requests. The maximum length is
50 bytes. If you're base64-encoding the value, the 50-byte limit applies to the value before you encode
it.
Adding and Deleting Filters in a String Match
Condition
You can add filters to a string match condition or delete filters. To change a filter, add a new one and
delete the old one.
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To add or delete filters in a string match condition
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
2.
3.
4.
In the navigation pane, choose String matching.
Choose the condition that you want to add or delete filters in.
To add filters, perform the following steps:
5.
a.
b.
Choose Add filter.
Specify the applicable filter settings. For more information, see Values that You Specify When
You Create or Edit String Match Conditions (p. 21).
c.
Choose Add.
To delete filters, perform the following steps:
a.
b.
Select the filter that you want to delete.
Choose Delete Filter.
Deleting String Match Conditions
If you want to delete a string match condition, you need to first delete all filters in the condition and remove
the condition from all of the rules that are using it, as described in the following procedure.
To delete a string match condition
1.
2.
3.
4.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose String matching.
In the String match conditions pane, choose the string match condition that you want to delete.
In the right pane, choose the Rules tab.
5.
If the list of rules using this string match condition is empty, go to step 6. If the list contains any rules,
make note of the rules, and continue with step 5.
To remove the string match condition from the rules that are using it, perform the following steps:
a.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
b.
c.
Choose the name of a rule that is using the string match condition that you want to delete.
In the right pane, select the string match condition that you want to remove from the rule, and
choose Remove selected condition.
Repeat steps b and c for all of the remaining rules that are using the string match condition that
you want to delete.
d.
e.
f.
6.
In the navigation pane, choose String match.
In the String match conditions pane, choose the string match condition that you want to delete.
Choose Delete to delete the selected condition.
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Working with SQL Injection Match Conditions
Attackers sometimes insert malicious SQL code into web requests in an effort to extract data from your
database. To allow or block web requests that contain malicious SQL code, create one or more SQL
injection match conditions. A SQL injection match condition identifies the part of web requests, such as
the URI or the query string, that you want AWS WAF to inspect. Later in the process, when you create a
web ACL, you specify whether to allow or block requests that contain malicious SQL code.
Topics
• Creating SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 25)
• Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 26)
• Adding and Deleting Filters in a SQL Injection Match Condition (p. 27)
• Deleting SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 28)
Creating SQL Injection Match Conditions
When you create SQL injection match conditions, you specify filters, which indicate the part of web
requests that you want AWS WAF to inspect for malicious SQL code, such as the URI or the query string.
You can add more than one filter to a SQL injection match condition, or you can create a separate condition
for each filter. Here's how each configuration affects AWS WAF behavior:
• More than one filter per SQL injection match condition (recommended) – When you add a SQL
injection match condition containing multiple filters to a rule and add the rule to a web ACL, a web
request needs only to match one of the filters in the SQL injection match condition for AWS WAF to
allow or block the request based on that condition.
For example, suppose you create one SQL injection match condition, and the condition contains two
filters. One filter instructs AWS WAF to inspect the URI for malicious SQL code, and the other instructs
AWS WAF to inspect the query string. AWS WAF allows or blocks requests if they contain malicious
SQL code either in the URI or in the query string.
• One filter per SQL injection match condition – When you add the separate SQL injection match
conditions to a rule and add the rule to a web ACL, web requests must match all of the conditions for
AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the conditions.
Suppose you create two conditions, and each condition contains the one of the two filters in the preceding
example. When you add both conditions to the same rule and add the rule to a web ACL, AWS WAF
allows or blocks requests only when both the URI and the query string contain malicious SQL code.
Note
When you add a SQL injection match condition to a rule, you can also configure AWS WAF to
allow or block web requests that do not contain malicious SQL code.
To create a SQL injection match condition
1.
2.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose SQL injection.
3.
4.
Choose Create condition.
Specify the applicable filter settings. For more information, see Values that You Specify When You
Create or Edit SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 26).
5.
6.
If you want to add another filter, choose Add another filter, and specify the applicable filter settings.
When you're finished adding filters, choose Create.
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Injection Match Conditions
Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit
SQL Injection Match Conditions
When you create or update a SQL injection match condition, you specify the following values:
Name
The name of the SQL injection match condition.
The name can contain only the characters A-Z, a-z, and 0-9.You can't change the name of a condition
after you create it.
Part of the request to filter on
Choose the part of each web request that you want AWS WAF to inspect for malicious SQL code:
Header
A specified request header, for example, the User-Agent or Referer header. If you choose
Header, specify the name of the header in the Header field.
HTTP method
The HTTP method, which indicates the type of operation that the request is asking the origin to
perform. CloudFront supports the following methods: DELETE, GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PATCH,
POST, and PUT.
Query string
The part of a URL that appears after a ? character, if any.
URI
The part of a URL that identifies a resource, for example, /images/daily-ad.jpg.
Body
The part of a request that contains any additional data that you want to send to your web server
as the HTTP request body, such as data from a form.
Note
If you choose Body for the value of Part of the request to filter on, AWS WAF inspects
only the first 8192 bytes (8 KB) because CloudFront forwards only the first 8192 bytes
for inspection. To allow or block requests for which the body is longer than 8192 bytes,
you can create a size constraint condition. (AWS WAF gets the length of the body from
the request headers.) For more information, see Working with Size Constraint
Conditions (p. 28).
Header
If you chose Header for Part of the request to filter on, choose a header from the list of common
headers, or type the name of a header that you want AWS WAF to inspect for malicious SQL code.
Transformation
A transformation reformats a web request before AWS WAF inspects the request. This eliminates
some of the unusual formatting that attackers use in web requests in an effort to bypass AWS WAF.
Transformations can perform the following operations:
None
AWS WAF doesn't perform any text transformations on the web request before inspecting it for
the string in Value to match.
Convert to lowercase
AWS WAF converts uppercase letters (A-Z) to lowercase (a-z).
HTML decode
AWS WAF replaces HTML-encoded characters with unencoded characters:
• Replaces &quot; with &
• Replaces &nbsp; with a non-breaking space
• Replaces &lt; with <
• Replaces &gt; with >
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• Replaces characters that are represented in hexadecimal format, &#xhhhh;, with the
corresponding characters
• Replaces characters that are represented in decimal format, &#nnnn;, with the corresponding
characters
Remove whitespace characters
AWS WAF replaces the following characters with a space character (decimal 32):
• \f, formfeed, decimal 12
• \t, tab, decimal 9
• \n, newline, decimal 10
• \r, carriage return, decimal 13
• \v, vertical tab, decimal 11
• non-breaking space, decimal 160
In addition, this option replaces multiple spaces with one space.
Simplify command line
For requests that contain operating system command line commands, use this option to perform
the following transformations:
• Delete the following characters: \ " ' ^
• Delete spaces before the following characters: / (
• Replace the following characters with a space: , ;
• Replace multiple spaces with one space
• Convert uppercase letters (A-Z) to lowercase (a-z)
URL decode
Decode a URL-encoded request.
Adding and Deleting Filters in a SQL Injection
Match Condition
You can add or delete filters in a SQL injection match condition. To change a filter, add a new one and
delete the old one.
To add or delete filters in a SQL injection match condition
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
2.
3.
In the navigation pane, choose SQL injection.
Choose the condition that you want to add or delete filters in.
4.
To add filters, perform the following steps:
5.
a.
b.
Choose Add filter.
Specify the applicable filter settings. For more information, see Values that You Specify When
You Create or Edit SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 26).
c.
Choose Add.
To delete filters, perform the following steps:
a.
Select the filter that you want to delete.
b.
Choose Delete filter.
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Deleting SQL Injection Match Conditions
If you want to delete a SQL injection match condition, you need to first delete all filters in the condition
and remove the condition from all of the rules that are using it, as described in the following procedure.
To delete a SQL injection match condition
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose SQL injection.
In the SQL injection match conditions pane, choose the SQL injection match condition that you
want to delete.
In the right pane, choose the Associated rules tab.
If the list of rules using this SQL injection match condition is empty, go to step 6. If the list contains
any rules, make note of the rules, and continue with step 5.
To remove the SQL injection match condition from the rules that are using it, perform the following
steps:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
6.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose the name of a rule that is using the SQL injection match condition that you want to
delete.
In the right pane, select the SQL injection match condition that you want to remove from the
rule, and choose Remove selected condition.
Repeat steps b and c for all of the remaining rules that are using the SQL injection match condition
that you want to delete.
In the navigation pane, choose SQL injection.
In the SQL injection match conditions pane, choose the SQL injection match condition that
you want to delete.
Choose Delete to delete the selected condition.
Working with Size Constraint Conditions
If you want to allow or block web requests based on the length of specified parts of requests, create one
or more size constraint conditions. A size constraint condition identifies the part of web requests that you
want AWS WAF to look at, the number of bytes that you want AWS WAF to look for, and an operator,
such as greater than or less than. For example, you can use a size constraint condition to look for query
strings that are longer than 100 bytes. Later in the process, when you create a web ACL, you specify
whether to allow or block requests based on those settings.
Note that if you configure AWS WAF to inspect the request body, for example, by searching the body for
a specified string, AWS WAF inspects only the first 8192 bytes (8 KB). If the request body for your web
requests will never exceed 8192 bytes, you can create a size constraint condition and block requests that
have a request body greater than 8192 bytes.
Topics
• Creating Size Constraint Conditions (p. 29)
• Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit Size Constraint Conditions (p. 29)
• Adding and Deleting Filters in a Size Constraint Condition (p. 31)
• Deleting Size Constraint Conditions (p. 32)
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Creating Size Constraint Conditions
When you create size constraint conditions, you specify filters that identify the part of web requests for
which you want AWS WAF to evaluate the length. You can add more than one filter to a size constraint
condition, or you can create a separate condition for each filter. Here's how each configuration affects
AWS WAF behavior:
• One filter per size constraint condition – When you add the separate size constraint conditions to
a rule and add the rule to a web ACL, web requests must match all of the conditions for AWS WAF to
allow or block requests based on the conditions.
For example, suppose you create two conditions. One matches web requests for which query strings
are greater than 100 bytes. The other matches web requests for which the request body is greater than
1024 bytes. When you add both conditions to the same rule and add the rule to a web ACL, AWS WAF
allows or blocks requests only when both conditions are true.
• More than one filter per size constraint condition – When you add a size constraint condition
containing multiple filters to a rule and add the rule to a web ACL, a web request needs only to match
one of the filters in the size constraint condition for AWS WAF to allow or block the request based on
that condition.
Suppose you create one condition instead of two, and the one condition contains the same two filters
as in the preceding example. AWS WAF allows or blocks requests if either the query string is greater
than 100 bytes or the request body is greater than 1024 bytes.
Note
When you add a size constraint condition to a rule, you can also configure AWS WAF to allow
or block web requests that do not match the values in the condition.
To create a size constraint condition
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Size constraints.
Choose Create condition.
Specify the applicable filter settings. For more information, see Values that You Specify When You
Create or Edit Size Constraint Conditions (p. 29).
If you want to add another filter, choose Add another filter, and specify the applicable filter settings.
When you're finished adding filters, choose Create size constraint condition.
Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit
Size Constraint Conditions
When you create or update a size constraint condition, you specify the following values:
Name
Type a name for the size constraint condition.
The name can contain only the characters A-Z, a-z, and 0-9.You can't change the name of a condition
after you create it.
Part of the request to filter on
Choose the part of each web request for which you want AWS WAF to evaluate the length:
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Constraint Conditions
Header
A specified request header, for example, the User-Agent or Referer header. If you choose
Header, specify the name of the header in the Header field.
HTTP method
The HTTP method, which indicates the type of operation that the request is asking the origin to
perform. CloudFront supports the following methods: DELETE, GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PATCH,
POST, and PUT.
Query string
The part of a URL that appears after a ? character, if any.
URI
The part of a URL that identifies a resource, for example, /images/daily-ad.jpg.
Body
The part of a request that contains any additional data that you want to send to your web server
as the HTTP request body, such as data from a form.
Header (Only When "Part of the request to filter on" is "Header")
If you chose Header for Part of the request to filter on, choose a header from the list of common
headers, or type the name of a header for which you want AWS WAF to evaluate the length.
Comparison operator
Choose how you want AWS WAF to evaluate the length of the query string in web requests with
respect to the value that you specify for Size.
For example, if you choose Is greater than for Comparison operator and type 100 for Size, AWS
WAF evaluates web requests for a query string that is longer than 100 bytes.
Size
Type the length, in bytes, that you want AWS WAF to watch for in query strings.
Note
If you choose URI for the value of Part of the request to filter on, the / in the URI counts
as one character. For example, the URI /logo.jpg is nine characters long.
Transformation
A transformation reformats a web request before AWS WAF evaluates the length of the specified
part of the request. This eliminates some of the unusual formatting that attackers use in web requests
in an effort to bypass AWS WAF. Transformations can perform the following operations:
Note
If you choose Body for Part of the request to filter on, you can't configure AWS WAF to
perform a transformation because CloudFront forwards only the first 8192 bytes for inspection.
However, you can still filter your traffic based on the size of the HTTP request body and
specify a transformation of None. (AWS WAF gets the length of the body from the request
headers.)
None
AWS WAF doesn't perform any text transformations on the web request before checking the
length.
Convert to lowercase
AWS WAF converts uppercase letters (A-Z) to lowercase (a-z).
HTML decode
AWS WAF replaces HTML-encoded characters with unencoded characters:
• Replaces &quot; with &
• Replaces &nbsp; with a non-breaking space
• Replaces &lt; with <
• Replaces &gt; with >
• Replaces characters that are represented in hexadecimal format, &#xhhhh;, with the
corresponding characters
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Condition
• Replaces characters that are represented in decimal format, &#nnnn;, with the corresponding
characters
Remove whitespace characters
AWS WAF replaces the following characters with a space character (decimal 32):
• \f, formfeed, decimal 12
• \t, tab, decimal 9
• \n, newline, decimal 10
• \r, carriage return, decimal 13
• \v, vertical tab, decimal 11
• non-breaking space, decimal 160
In addition, this option replaces multiple spaces with one space.
Simplify command line
For requests that contain operating system command line commands, use this option to perform
the following transformations:
• Delete the following characters: \ " ' ^
• Delete spaces before the following characters: / (
• Replace the following characters with a space: , ;
• Replace multiple spaces with one space
• Convert uppercase letters (A-Z) to lowercase (a-z)
URL decode
Decode a URL-encoded request.
Adding and Deleting Filters in a Size Constraint
Condition
You can add or delete filters in a size constraint condition. To change a filter, add a new one and delete
the old one.
To add or delete filters in a size constraint condition
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Size constraint.
Choose the condition that you want to add or delete filters in.
To add filters, perform the following steps:
a.
Choose Add filter.
b.
Specify the applicable filter settings. For more information, see Values that You Specify When
You Create or Edit Size Constraint Conditions (p. 29).
c.
Choose Add.
To delete filters, perform the following steps:
a.
Select the filter that you want to delete.
b.
Choose Delete filter.
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Deleting Size Constraint Conditions
If you want to delete a size constraint condition, you need to first delete all filters in the condition and
remove the condition from all of the rules that are using it, as described in the following procedure.
To delete a size constraint condition
1.
2.
3.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Size constraints.
In the Size constraint conditions pane, choose the size constraint condition that you want to delete.
4.
In the right pane, choose the Associated rules tab.
If the list of rules using this size constraint condition is empty, go to step 6. If the list contains any
rules, make note of the rules, and continue with step 5.
5.
To remove the size constraint condition from the rules that are using it, perform the following steps:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
6.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose the name of a rule that is using the size constraint condition that you want to delete.
In the right pane, select the size constraint condition that you want to remove from the rule, and
choose Remove selected condition.
Repeat steps b and c for all of the remaining rules that are using the size constraint condition
that you want to delete.
In the navigation pane, choose Size constraint.
In the Size constraint conditions pane, choose the size constraint condition that you want to
delete.
Choose Delete to delete the selected condition.
Working with Rules
Rules let you precisely target the web requests that you want AWS WAF to allow or block by specifying
the exact conditions that you want AWS WAF to watch for: the IP addresses that requests originate from,
the strings that the requests contain and where the strings appear, and whether the requests contain
malicious SQL code.
Topics
• Creating a Rule and Adding Conditions (p. 32)
• Adding and Removing Conditions in a Rule (p. 34)
• Deleting a Rule (p. 34)
• Listing the Web ACLs that Include a Specified Rule (p. 35)
Creating a Rule and Adding Conditions
If you add more than one condition to a rule, a web request must match all of the conditions for AWS
WAF to allow or block requests based on that rule.
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To create a rule and add conditions
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
2.
3.
4.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose Create rule.
Type the following values:
Name
Type a name.
CloudWatch metric name
Type a name for the CloudWatch metric that AWS WAF will create and will associate with the
rule. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9); it can't contain
whitespace.
Note
You can't change the metric name after you create the rule.
5.
To add a condition to the rule, specify the following values:
When a request does/does not
If you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the filters in a condition, for example,
web requests that originate from the range of IP addresses 192.0.2.0/24, choose does.
If you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the inverse of the filters in a condition,
choose does not. For example, if an IP match condition includes the IP address range
192.0.2.0/24 and you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests that do not come from those
IP addresses, choose does not.
match/originate from
Choose the type of condition that you want to add to the rule:
• IP match conditions – choose originate from an IP address in
• String match conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the string match
condition
• SQL injection match conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the SQL
injection match condition
• Size constraint conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the size constraint
condition
condition name
Choose the condition that you want to add to the rule. The list displays only conditions of the
type that you chose in the preceding step.
6.
To add another condition to the rule, choose Add another condition, and repeat steps 4 and 5.
Note the following:
• If you add more than one condition, a web request must match at least one filter in every condition
for AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on that rule
• If you add two IP match conditions to the same rule, AWS WAF will only allow or block requests
that originate from IP addresses that appear in both IP match conditions
7.
When you're finished adding conditions, choose Create.
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Adding and Removing Conditions in a Rule
You can change a rule by adding or removing conditions.
To add or remove conditions in a rule
1.
2.
3.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
Choose the rule in which you want to add or remove conditions.
4.
To add a condition, choose Add condition and specify the following values:
When a request does/does not
If you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the filters in a condition, for example,
web requests that originate from the range of IP addresses 192.0.2.0/24, choose does.
If you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the inverse of the filters in a condition,
choose does not. For example, if an IP match condition includes the IP address range
192.0.2.0/24 and you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests that do not come from those
IP addresses, choose does not.
match/originate from
Choose the type of condition that you want to add to the rule:
• IP match conditions – choose originate from an IP address in
• String match conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the string match
condition
• SQL injection match conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the SQL
injection match condition
• Size constraint conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the size constraint
condition
condition name
Choose the condition that you want to add to the rule. The list displays only conditions of the
type that you chose in the preceding step.
5.
To remove a condition, select the condition, and choose Remove selected condition.
Deleting a Rule
If you want to delete a rule, you need to first remove the rule from the web ACLs that are using it and
remove the conditions that are included in the rule.
To delete a rule
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
2.
3.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
In the Rules pane, choose the rule that you want to delete.
4.
In the right pane, choose the Web ACLs tab.
5.
If the list of the web ACLs that are using this rule is empty, go to step 6. If the list contains any web
ACLs, make note of them, and continue with step 5.
To remove the rule from the web ACLs that are using it, perform the following steps:
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6.
a.
b.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
Choose the name of a web ACL that is using the rule that you want to delete.
c.
In the right pane, select the rule that you want to remove from the web ACL, and choose Remove
selected rule.
d.
e.
Repeat steps b and c for all of the remaining web ACLs that are using the rule that you want to
delete.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
f.
In the Rules pane, choose the rule that you want to delete.
To delete the selected rule, choose Actions, and then choose Delete.
Listing the Web ACLs that Include a Specified Rule
If you want to know which web ACLs will be affected if you edit or delete a rule, perform the following
procedure.
To list the web ACLs that include a rule
1.
2.
3.
4.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Rules.
In the Rules pane, choose the rule for which you want to find the associated web ACLs.
In the right pane, choose the Web ACLs tab.
Working with Web ACLs
When you add rules to a web ACL, you specify whether you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests
based on the conditions in the rules. If you add more than one rule to a web ACL, AWS WAF evaluates
each request against the rules in the order that you list them in the web ACL. When a web request matches
all of the conditions in a rule, AWS WAF immediately takes the corresponding action—allow or block—and
doesn't evaluate the request against the remaining rules in the web ACL, if any.
If a web request doesn't match any of the rules in a web ACL, AWS WAF takes the default action that
you specified for the web ACL. For more information, see Deciding on the Default Action for a Web
ACL (p. 18).
If you want to test a rule before you start using it to allow or block requests, you can configure AWS WAF
to count the web requests that match the conditions in the rule. For more information, see Testing Web
ACLs (p. 40).
Topics
• Creating a Web ACL (p. 36)
• Associating or Disassociating a Web ACL and a CloudFront Distribution (p. 38)
• Editing a Web ACL (p. 38)
• Deleting a Web ACL (p. 39)
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Creating a Web ACL
To create a web ACL
1.
2.
3.
4.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
Choose Create web ACL.
Type a name in the Web ACL name field. The name that you specify also appears in the CloudFront
console in the settings for the distribution that you associate with this web ACL.
Note
You can't change the name after you create the web ACL.
5.
Change the default name in the CloudWatch metric name field if applicable. The name can contain
only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9); it can't contain whitespace.
Note
You can't change the name after you create the web ACL.
6.
If you've already created the conditions that you want AWS WAF to use to inspect your web requests,
continue with step 7.
If you haven't already created conditions, do so now. For more information, see the following topics:
• Working with IP Match Conditions (p. 18)
• Working with String Match Conditions (p. 20)
• Working with SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 25)
7.
8.
Choose Next.
If you've already created the rules that you want to add to this web ACL, add the rules to the web
ACL:
a.
b.
c.
d.
9.
In the Rules list, choose a rule.
Choose Add rule to web ACL.
Repeat steps a and b until you've added all of the rules that you want to add to this web ACL.
Go to step 10.
If you haven't created rules yet, you can add rules now:
a.
Choose Create rule.
b.
Type the following values:
Name
Type a name.
CloudWatch metric name
Type a name for the CloudWatch metric that AWS WAF will create and will associate with
the rule. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9); it can't contain
whitespace.
Note
You can't change the metric name after you create the rule.
c.
To add a condition to the rule, specify the following values:
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When a request does/does not
If you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the filters in a condition, for
example, web requests that originate from the range of IP addresses 192.0.2.0/24, choose
does.
If you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on the inverse of the filters in a
condition, choose does not. For example, if an IP match condition includes the IP address
range 192.0.2.0/24 and you want AWS WAF to allow or block requests that do not come
from those IP addresses, choose does not.
match/originate from
Choose the type of condition that you want to add to the rule:
• IP match conditions – choose originate from an IP address in
• String match conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the string match
condition
• SQL injection match conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the SQL
injection match condition
• Size constraint conditions – choose match at least one of the filters in the size
constraint condition
condition name
Choose the condition that you want to add to the rule. The list displays only conditions of
the type that you chose in the preceding list.
d.
To add another condition to the rule, choose Add another condition, and repeat steps b and
c. Note the following:
• If you add more than one condition, a web request must match at least one filter in every
condition for AWS WAF to allow or block requests based on that rule
• If you add two IP match conditions to the same rule, AWS WAF will only allow or block requests
that originate from IP addresses that appear in both IP match conditions
e.
f.
g.
Repeat step 9 until you've created all of the rules that you want to add to this web ACL.
Choose Create.
Continue with step 10.
10. For each rule that you've added to the web ACL, choose whether you want AWS WAF to allow, block,
or count web requests based on the conditions in the rule:
• Allow – CloudFront responds with the requested object or, if the object isn't in the edge cache,
forwards the request to the origin.
• Block – CloudFront responds to the request with an HTTP 403 (Forbidden) status code or with a
custom error page. For more information, see Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Custom Error
Pages (p. 47).
• Count – AWS WAF increments a counter of requests that match the conditions in the rule and
then continues to inspect the web request based on the remaining rules in the web ACL.
For information about using Count to test a web ACL before you start to use it to allow or block
web requests, see Counting the Web Requests that Match the Rules in a Web ACL (p. 40).
11. If you want to change the order of the rules in the web ACL, use the arrows in the Order column.
AWS WAF inspects web requests based on the order in which rules appear in the web ACL.
12. If you want to remove a rule that you added to the web ACL, choose the x in the row for the rule.
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13. Choose the default action for the web ACL. This is the action that AWS WAF takes when a web
request doesn't match the conditions in any of the rules in this web ACL. For more information, see
Deciding on the Default Action for a Web ACL (p. 18).
14. Choose Next.
15. On the Choose AWS resource page, for Resource, choose the CloudFront distribution that you
want to associate this web ACL with.
16. Choose Review and create.
17. Review the settings for the web ACL, and choose Confirm and create.
Associating or Disassociating a Web ACL and a
CloudFront Distribution
To associate or disassociate a CloudFront distribution and a web ACL, perform the applicable procedure.
Note that you can also associate a web ACL with a distribution when you create or update the distribution.
For more information, see Using AWS WAF to Control Access to Your Content in the Amazon CloudFront
Developer Guide.
Note
You can associate a web ACL with as many CloudFront distributions as you want, but you can
associate only one web ACL with a given distribution.
To associate a web ACL with a CloudFront distribution
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
Choose the web ACL that you want to associate with a CloudFront distribution.
On the Rules tab, under AWS resources using this web ACL, choose Add association.
When prompted, use the Resource list to choose the distribution that you want to associate this web
ACL with.
Choose Add.
To associate this web ACL with additional CloudFront distributions, repeat steps 4 through 6.
To disassociate a web ACL from a CloudFront distribution
1.
2.
3.
4.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
Choose the web ACL that you want to disassociate from a CloudFront distribution.
On the Rules tab, under AWS resources using this web ACL, choose the x for each CloudFront
distribution that you want to disassociate this web ACL from.
Editing a Web ACL
To add or remove rules from a web ACL or change the default action, perform the following procedure.
To edit a web ACL
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
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2.
3.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
Choose the web ACL that you want to edit.
4.
5.
On the Rules tab in the right pane, choose Edit web ACL.
To add rules to the web ACL, perform the following steps:
6.
7.
8.
9.
a.
In the Rules list, choose the rule that you want to add.
b.
c.
Choose Add rule to web ACL.
Repeat steps a and b until you've added all of the rules that you want.
If you want to change the order of the rules in the web ACL, use the arrows in the Order column.
AWS WAF inspects web requests based on the order in which rules appear in the web ACL.
To remove a rule from the web ACL, choose the x at the right end of the row for that rule. This doesn't
delete the rule from AWS WAF, it just removes the rule from this web ACL.
To change the action for a rule or the default action for the web ACL, choose the preferred option.
Choose Save changes.
Deleting a Web ACL
To delete a web ACL, you must remove the rules that are included in the web ACL and disassociate all
CloudFront distributions from the web ACL. Perform the following procedure.
To delete a web ACL
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the navigation pane, choose Web ACLs.
Choose the web ACL that you want to delete.
On the Rules tab in the right pane, choose Edit web ACL.
To remove all rules from the web ACL, choose the x at the right end of the row for each rule. This
doesn't delete the rules from AWS WAF, it just removes the rules from this web ACL.
Choose Update.
Disassociate the web ACL from all CloudFront distributions. On the Rules tab, under AWS resources
using this web ACL, choose the x for each CloudFront distribution.
On the Web ACLs page, confirm that the web ACL that you want to delete is selected, and choose
Delete.
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Testing Web ACLs
To ensure that you don't accidentally configure AWS WAF to block web requests that you want to allow
or allow requests that you want to block, we recommend that you test your web ACL thoroughly before
you start using it on your website or web application.
Topics
• Counting the Web Requests that Match the Rules in a Web ACL (p. 40)
• Viewing a Sample of the Web Requests that CloudFront has Forwarded to AWS WAF (p. 41)
Counting the Web Requests that Match the Rules
in a Web ACL
When you add rules to a web ACL, you specify whether you want AWS WAF to allow, block, or count the
web requests that match all of the conditions in that rule. We recommend that you begin with the following
configuration:
• Configure all of the rules in a web ACL to count web requests
• Set the default action for the web ACL to allow requests
In this configuration, AWS WAF inspects each web request based on the conditions in the first rule. If the
web request matches all of the conditions in that rule, AWS WAF increments a counter for that rule. Then
AWS WAF inspects the web request based on the conditions in the next rule and, if the request matches
all of the conditions in that rule, AWS WAF increments a counter for that rule. This continues until AWS
WAF has inspected the request based on the conditions in all of your rules.
After you've configured all of the rules in a web ACL to count requests and associated the web ACL with
a CloudFront distribution, you can view the resulting counts in an Amazon CloudWatch graph. For each
rule in a web ACL and for all of the requests that CloudFront forwards to AWS WAF for a web ACL,
CloudWatch lets you view data for the preceding hour or preceding three hours, change the interval
between data points, and change the calculation that CloudWatch performs on the data, such as maximum,
minimum, average, or sum.
To view data for the rules in a web ACL
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the CloudWatch console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/.
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has Forwarded to AWS WAF
2.
3.
In the navigation pane, under Metrics, choose WAF.
Select the check box for the web ACL that you want to view data for.
4.
Change the applicable settings:
Statistic
Choose the calculation that CloudWatch performs on the data.
Time range
Choose whether you want to view data for the preceding hour or the preceding three hours.
Period
Choose the interval between data points in the graph.
Rules
Choose the rules for which you want to view data.
Note the following:
• If you just associated a web ACL with a CloudFront distribution, you might need to wait a few
minutes for data to appear in the graph and for the metric for the web ACL to appear in the list of
available metrics.
• If you associate more than one web distribution with a web ACL, the CloudWatch data will include
all of the requests for all of the distributions that are associated with the web ACL.
• You can hover the mouse cursor over a data point to get more information.
•
The graph doesn't refresh itself automatically. To update the display, choose the refresh (
)
icon.
5.
6.
(Optional) View detailed information about individual requests that CloudFront has forwarded to AWS
WAF. For more information, see Viewing a Sample of the Web Requests that CloudFront has
Forwarded to AWS WAF (p. 41).
If you determine that a rule is intercepting requests that you don't want it to, change the applicable
settings. For more information, see Creating and Configuring a Web Access Control List (Web
ACL) (p. 17).
When you're satisfied that all of your rules are intercepting only the correct requests, change the
action for each of your rules to Allow or Block. For more information, see Editing a Web ACL (p. 38).
Viewing a Sample of the Web Requests that
CloudFront has Forwarded to AWS WAF
In the AWS WAF console, you can view a sample of the requests that CloudFront has forwarded to AWS
WAF for inspection. For each sampled request, you can view detailed data about the request, such as
the originating IP address and the headers included in the request. You can also view which rule the
request matched, and whether the rule is configured to allow or block requests.
The sample of requests contains up to 100 requests that matched all of the conditions in each rule and
another 100 requests for the default action, which applies to requests that didn't match all of the conditions
in any rule. The requests in the sample come from all of the CloudFront edge locations that have received
requests for your content in the previous 15 minutes.
To view a sample of the web requests that CloudFront has forwarded to AWS WAF
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS WAF console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
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has Forwarded to AWS WAF
2.
3.
In the navigation pane, choose the web ACL for which you want to view requests.
In the right pane, choose the Requests tab.
The Sampled requests table displays the following values for each request:
Source IP
Either the IP address that the request originated from or, if the viewer used an HTTP proxy or
a load balancer to send the request, the IP address of the proxy or load balancer.
URI
The part of a URL that identifies a resource, for example, /images/daily-ad.jpg.
Matches rule
Identifies the first rule in the web ACL for which the web request matched all of the conditions.
If a web request doesn't match all of the conditions in any rule in the web ACL, the value of
Matches rule is Default.
Note that when a web request matches all of the conditions in a rule and the action for that rule
is Count, AWS WAF continues inspecting the web request based on subsequent rules in the
web ACL. In this case, a web request could appear twice in the list of sampled requests: once
for the rule that has an action of Count and again for a subsequent rule or for the default action.
Action
Indicates whether the action for the corresponding rule is Allow, Block, or Count.
Time
The time that AWS WAF received the request from CloudFront.
4.
To display additional information about the request, choose the arrow on the left side of the IP address
for that request. AWS WAF displays the following information:
Source IP
The same IP address as the value in the Source IP column in the table.
Country
The two-letter country code of the country that the request originated from. If the viewer used
an HTTP proxy or a load balancer to send the request, this is the two-letter country code of the
country that the HTTP proxy or a load balancer is in.
For a list of two-letter country codes and the corresponding country names, see the Wikipedia
entry ISO 3166-1 alpha-2.
Method
The HTTP request method for the request: GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PUT, POST, PATCH, or DELETE.
URI
The same URI as the value in the URI column in the table.
Request headers
The request headers and header values in the request.
5.
To refresh the list of sample requests, choose Get new samples.
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Using IAM to Control Access to
AWS WAF Resources
You can use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) with AWS WAF to control what users can do
with AWS WAF and to control access to other AWS services that AWS WAF requires. You control access
using IAM policies, which are a collection of permissions that can be associated with a user, an IAM
group, or a role.
Topics
• Controlling User Access to AWS WAF (p. 43)
• Example User Policies for AWS WAF (p. 43)
• Controlling Access to Specified Resources (p. 45)
Controlling User Access to AWS WAF
To control what users can do with AWS WAF (for example, who is allowed to create and manage web
ACLs), you can create policies for users. For IAM users that are associated with your account, you can
attach the policy directly to the IAM user or to an IAM group. If you're granting permissions to an IAM
user that is associated with another AWS account, known as delegation, or to users signing in from an
external identity system, known as federation, you can attach the policy to a role and allow the user to
assume that role. For more information on delegation and federation, see Roles (Delegation and Federation)
in the IAM User Guide.
For more information about IAM, see the IAM User Guide.
Example User Policies for AWS WAF
To allow users to perform AWS WAF administrative functions, such as creating web ACLs, you associate
a policy with your users. The following policies show how to control access to AWS WAF operations and
to the operations of related services. You can give users access to all AWS WAF operations or to only a
subset of them.
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CloudFront
To use these policies with an IAM user, you attach them to the IAM user or to an IAM group that the user
belongs to. To use these policies with a delegated or federated user, you attach them to an IAM role that
the delegated or federated user will assume.
For more information on managing policies, see Managing IAM Policies in the IAM User Guide.
Give Users Read-only Access to AWS WAF and
CloudFront
The following policy grants users read-only access to AWS WAF resources and to Amazon CloudFront
web distributions. It's useful for users who need permission to view the settings in AWS WAF conditions,
rules, and web ACLs, and to see which distribution is associated with a web ACL. These users can't
create, update, or delete AWS WAF resources.
{
"Version":"2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
{
"Action": [
"waf:Get*",
"waf:List*",
"cloudfront:GetDistribution",
"cloudfront:GetDistributionConfig",
"cloudfront:ListDistributions"
],
"Effect": "Allow",
"Resource": "*"
}
]
}
Give Users Full Access to AWS WAF and
CloudFront
The following policy lets users perform any AWS WAF operation and perform any operation on CloudFront
web distributions. It's useful for users who are AWS WAF administrators.
We strongly recommend that you configure multi-factor authentication (MFA) for users who have
administrative permissions. For more information, see Using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Devices
with AWS in the IAM User Guide.
{
"Version": "2012-10-17",
"Statement": [
{
"Action": [
"waf:*",
"cloudfront:CreateDistribution",
"cloudfront:GetDistribution",
"cloudfront:GetDistributionConfig",
"cloudfront:UpdateDistribution",
"cloudfront:ListDistributions",
"cloudfront:DeleteDistribution"
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],
"Effect": "Allow",
"Resource": "*"
}
]
}
Controlling Access to Specified Resources
In addition to controlling access to operations, you can also control access to specific AWS WAF resources.
This is referred to as granting resource-level permissions.
To allow or deny access to a subset of AWS WAF resources, include the Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
of the resource in the resource element of your policy. AWS WAF ARNs have the following format:
arn:aws:waf::account:resource/ID
Replace the account, resource, and ID variables with valid values. Valid values can be the following:
• account: The ID of your AWS account. You must specify a value.
• resource: The type of AWS WAF resource. AWS WAF resources include the following:
• ByteMatchSet
• IPSet
• SqlInjectionMatchSet
• Rule
• WebACL
• ID: The ID of the AWS WAF resource, or * to indicate all resources of the specified type that are
associated with the current AWS account.
For example, the following ARN specifies all web ACLs for the account 111122223333:
arn:aws:waf::111122223333:webacl/*
For more information, see Resources in the IAM User Guide.
Example Policy for Controlling Access to Specified
Resources
The following policy grants to the account 444455556666 full access to all AWS WAF operations and
resources. In addition, the policy grants to the account 111122223333 access to all AWS WAF List and
Get operations, and access to CloudFront GetDistribution and ListDistributions operations.
The account 111122223333 gets access only to selected AWS WAF resources and to all CloudFront
resources. (You can't use IAM to control access to specific CloudFront resources.) For more information,
see Using IAM to Control Access to CloudFront Resources.
{
"Version":"2012-10-17",
"Statement":[
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{
"Sid":"1",
"Effect":"Allow",
"Action":[
"waf:*",
"cloudfront:CreateDistribution",
"cloudfront:GetDistribution",
"cloudfront:GetDistributionConfig",
"cloudfront:UpdateDistribution",
"cloudfront:ListDistributions",
"cloudfront:DeleteDistribution"
],
"Resource":[
"arn:aws:waf::444455556666:*",
]
},
{
"Sid":"2",
"Effect":"Allow",
"Action":[
"waf:List*",
"waf:Get*",
"cloudfront:GetDistribution*",
"cloudfront:ListDistributions"
],
"Resource":[
"arn:aws:waf::111122223333:webacl/example_webacl",
"arn:aws:waf::111122223333:rule/example_rule*"
"arn:aws:waf::111122223333:bytematchset/example_bms*"
"arn:aws:waf::111122223333:ipset/example_ips*"
"arn:aws:waf::111122223333:sqlinjectionmatchset/example_sims*"
"arn:aws:cloudfront::111122223333:*"
]
}
]
}
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How AWS WAF Works with
Amazon CloudFront Features
AWS WAF integrates easily with Amazon CloudFront. When you create a web ACL, you specify one or
more distributions that you want AWS WAF to inspect, and AWS WAF starts to allow, block, or count
web requests for those distributions based on the conditions that you identified in the web ACL. This
chapter describes a few ways that you can configure CloudFront to make CloudFront and AWS WAF
work better together.
Topics
• Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Custom Error Pages (p. 47)
• Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Geo Restriction (p. 48)
• Choosing the HTTP Methods that CloudFront Responds to (p. 48)
Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Custom Error
Pages
When AWS WAF blocks a web request based on the conditions that you specified, it returns an HTTP
403 (Forbidden) status code to CloudFront, and Amazon CloudFront returns that status code to the viewer.
The viewer displays a brief and sparsely formatted default message similar to this:
Forbidden: You don't have permission to access /myfilename.html on this server.
If you'd rather display a custom error message, possibly using the same formatting as the rest of your
website, you can configure CloudFront to return to the viewer an object (for example, an HTML file) that
contains your custom error message.
Note
CloudFront can't distinguish between an HTTP 403 status code that is returned by your origin
and one that is returned by AWS WAF when a request is blocked, so you can't return different
custom error pages based on the different causes of an HTTP 403 status code.
For more information about CloudFront custom error pages, see Customizing Error Responses in the
Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
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Using AWS WAF with CloudFront Geo
Restriction
You can use the Amazon CloudFront geo restriction feature, also known as geoblocking, to prevent users
in specific geographic locations from accessing content that you're distributing through a CloudFront web
distribution. If you want to block web requests from specific countries and also block requests based on
other conditions, you can use CloudFront geo restriction in conjunction with AWS WAF. CloudFront returns
the same HTTP status code to viewers—HTTP 403 (Forbidden)—whether they try to access your content
from a country on a CloudFront geo restriction black list or whether the request is blocked by AWS WAF.
Note
You can see the two-letter country code of the country that requests originate from in the sample
of web requests for a web ACL. For more information, see Viewing a Sample of the Web Requests
that CloudFront has Forwarded to AWS WAF (p. 41).
For more information about CloudFront geo restriction, see Restricting the Geographic Distribution of
Your Content in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
Choosing the HTTP Methods that CloudFront
Responds to
When you create an Amazon CloudFront web distribution, you choose the HTTP methods that you want
CloudFront to process and forward to your origin. You can choose from the following options:
• GET, HEAD – You can use CloudFront only to get objects from your origin or to get object headers.
• GET, HEAD, OPTIONS – You can use CloudFront only to get objects from your origin, get object
headers, or retrieve a list of the options that your origin server supports.
• GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PUT, POST, PATCH, DELETE – You can use CloudFront to get, add, update,
and delete objects, and to get object headers. In addition, you can perform other POST operations
such as submitting data from a web form.
You can also use AWS WAF string match conditions to allow or block requests based on the HTTP
method, as described in Working with String Match Conditions (p. 20). If you want to use a combination
of methods that CloudFront supports, such as GET and HEAD, then you don't need to configure AWS WAF
to block requests that use the other methods. If you want to allow a combination of methods that CloudFront
doesn't support, such as GET, HEAD, and POST, you can configure CloudFront to respond to all methods,
and then use AWS WAF to block requests that use other methods.
For more information about choosing the methods that CloudFront responds to, see Allowed HTTP
Methods in the topic Values that You Specify When You Create or Update a Web Distribution in the
Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
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Using the AWS WAF API
This section describes how to make requests to the AWS WAF API for creating and managing match
sets, rules, and web ACLs. This chapter will acquaint you with the components of requests, the content
of responses, and how to authenticate requests.
Topics
• Using the AWS SDKs (p. 49)
• Making HTTPS Requests to AWS WAF (p. 49)
• HTTP Responses (p. 51)
• Authenticating Requests (p. 52)
Using the AWS SDKs
If you're using a language that AWS provides an SDK for, use the SDK rather than trying to work your
way through the APIs. The SDKs make authentication simpler, integrate easily with your development
environment, and provide easy access to AWS WAF commands. For more information about the AWS
SDKs, see Step 3: Download Tools (p. 6) in the topic Setting Up for AWS WAF (p. 4).
Making HTTPS Requests to AWS WAF
AWS WAF requests are HTTPS requests, as defined by RFC 2616. Like any HTTP request, a request
to AWS WAF contains a request method, a URI, request headers, and a request body. The response
contains an HTTP status code, response headers, and sometimes a response body.
Request URI
The request URI is always a single forward slash, /.
HTTP Headers
AWS WAF requires the following information in the header of an HTTP request:
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Host (Required)
The AWS WAF endpoint that specifies where your resources are created. The value of the Host
header is always waf.amazonaws.com:443.
x-amz-date or Date (Required)
The date used to create the signature contained in the Authorization header. Specify the date in
ISO 8601 standard format, in UTC time, as in the following example:
x-amz-date: 20151007T174952Z
You must include either x-amz-date or Date. (Some HTTP client libraries don't let you set the Date
header). When an x-amz-date header is present, AWS WAF ignores any Date header when
authenticating the request.
The time stamp must be within 15 minutes of the AWS system time when the request is received. If
it isn't, the request fails with the RequestExpired error code to prevent someone else from replaying
your requests.
Authorization (Required)
The information required for request authentication. For more information about constructing this
header, see Authenticating Requests (p. 52).
X-Amz-Target (Required)
A concatenation of AWSWAF_, the API version without punctuation (20150824), a period (.), and the
name of the operation, for example:
AWSWAF_20150824.CreateWebACL
Content-Type (Conditional)
Specifies that the content type is JSON as well as the version of JSON, as in the following example:
Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1
Condition: Required for POST requests.
Content-Length (Conditional)
Length of the message (without the headers) according to RFC 2616.
Condition: Required if the request body itself contains information (most toolkits add this header
automatically).
The following is an example header for an HTTP request to create a web ACL.
POST / HTTP/1.1
Host: waf.amazonaws.com:443
X-Amz-Date: 20151007T174952Z
Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256
Credential=AccessKeyID/20151007/us-east-1/waf/aws4_request,
SignedHeaders=host;x-amz-date;x-amz-target,
Signa
ture=145b1567ab3c50d929412f28f52c45dbf1e63ec5c66023d232a539a4afd11fd9
X-Amz-Target: AWSWAF_20150824.CreateWebACL
Accept: */*
Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1; charset=UTF-8
Content-Length: 231
Connection: Keep-Alive
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HTTP Request Body
Many AWS WAF API actions require you to include JSON-formatted data in the body of the request.
The following example request uses a simple JSON statement to update an IPSet (known in the console
as an IP match condition) to include the IP address 192.0.2.44 (represented in CIDR notation as
192.0.2.44/32):
POST / HTTP/1.1
Host: waf.amazonaws.com:443
X-Amz-Date: 20151007T174952Z
Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256
Credential=AccessKeyID/20151007/us-east-1/waf/aws4_request,
SignedHeaders=host;x-amz-date;x-amz-target,
Signa
ture=145b1567ab3c50d929412f28f52c45dbf1e63ec5c66023d232a539a4afd11fd9
X-Amz-Target: AWSWAF_20150824.UpdateIPSet
Accept: */*
Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1; charset=UTF-8
Content-Length: 283
Connection: Keep-Alive
{
"ChangeToken": "d4c4f53b-9c7e-47ce-9140-0ee5ffffffff",
"IPSetId": "69d4d072-170c-463d-ab82-0643ffffffff",
"Updates": [
{
"Action": "INSERT",
"IPSetDescriptor": {
"Type": "IPV4",
"Value": "192.0.2.44/32"
}
}
]
}
HTTP Responses
All AWS WAF API actions include JSON-formatted data in the response.
Here are some important headers in the HTTP response and how you should handle them in your
application, if applicable:
HTTP/1.1
This header is followed by a status code. Status code 200 indicates a successful operation.
Type: String
x-amzn-RequestId
A value created by AWS WAF that uniquely identifies your request, for example,
K2QH8DNOU907N97FNA2GDLL8OBVV4KQNSO5AEMVJF66Q9ASUAAJG. If you have a problem with
AWS WAF, AWS can use this value to troubleshoot the problem.
Type: String
Content-Length
The length of the response body in bytes.
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Type: String
Date
The date and time that AWS WAF responded, for example, Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT.
Type: String
Error Responses
If a request results in an error, the HTTP response contains the following values:
• A JSON error document as the response body
• Content-Type header: text/xml
• The applicable 3xx, 4xx, or 5xx HTTP status code
Following is an example of a JSON error document:
HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
x-amzn-RequestId: b0e91dc8-3807-11e2-83c6-5912bf8ad066
x-amzn-ErrorType: ValidationException
Content-Type: application/json
Content-Length: 125
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:27:25 GMT
{"message":"1 validation error detected: Value null at 'TargetString' failed
to satisfy constraint: Member must not be null"}
Authenticating Requests
If you're using a language for which AWS provides an SDK, we recommend that you use the SDK. All of
the AWS SDKs greatly simplify the process of signing requests and save you a significant amount of time
when compared with using the AWS WAF API. In addition, the SDKs integrate easily with your development
environment and provide easy access to related commands.
AWS WAF requires that you authenticate every request that you send by signing the request. To sign a
request, you calculate a digital signature using a cryptographic hash function, which returns a hash value
based on the input. The input includes the text of your request and your secret access key. The hash
function returns a hash value that you include in the request as your signature. The signature is part of
the Authorization header of your request.
After receiving your request, AWS WAF recalculates the signature using the same hash function and
input that you used to sign the request. If the resulting signature matches the signature in the request,
AWS WAF processes the request. If not, the request is rejected.
AWS WAF supports authentication using AWS Signature Version 4. The process for calculating a signature
can be broken into three tasks:
Task 1: Create a Canonical Request
Create your HTTP request in canonical format as described in Task 1: Create a Canonical Request
For Signature Version 4 in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.
Task 2: Create a String to Sign
Create a string that you will use as one of the input values to your cryptographic hash function. The
string, called the string to sign, is a concatenation of the following values:
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• Name of the hash algorithm
• Request date
• Credential scope string
• Canonicalized request from the previous task
The credential scope string itself is a concatenation of date, region, and service information.
For the X-Amz-Credential parameter, specify the following:
• The code for the endpoint to which you're sending the request, us-east-1
• waf for the service abbreviation
For example:
X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE/20130501/us-east-1/waf/aws4_request
Task 3: Create a Signature
Create a signature for your request by using a cryptographic hash function that accepts two input
strings:
• Your string to sign, from Task 2.
• A derived key. The derived key is calculated by starting with your secret access key and using the
credential scope string to create a series of hash-based message authentication codes (HMACs).
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Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Exceed Request
Limits
Tutorials
The following tutorials explain how to combine several AWS services to automatically configure AWS
WAF in response to your CloudFront traffic.
Topics
• Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Exceed Request Limits (p. 54)
• Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad Requests (p. 60)
Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Exceed
Request Limits
Using AWS Lambda, you can set a threshold of how many requests per minute your web application can
serve. If users (based on IP addresses) exceed this request rate, Lambda will automatically update your
AWS WAF rules to block IP addresses and specify for how long requests from those IP addresses should
be blocked.
This tutorial shows you how to use an AWS CloudFormation template to specify the request threshold
and time to block requests. The tutorial also uses CloudFront access logs (stored in Amazon S3) to count
requests as they are served by CloudFront and by Amazon CloudWatch metrics.
Topics
• Solution Overview (p. 55)
•
•
•
•
Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Rate-Based Blocking (p. 56)
Step 2: Update Your CloudFront Distribution Settings (p. 57)
Step 3: (Optional) Edit AWS CloudFormation Parameter Values (p. 58)
Step 4: (Optional) Test Your Thresholds and IP Rules (p. 59)
• Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS CloudFormation Stack (p. 60)
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Solution Overview
1. As CloudFront receives requests on behalf of your web application, it sends access logs to an Amazon
S3 bucket that contains detailed information about the requests.
2. For every new access log stored in the Amazon S3 bucket, a Lambda function is triggered.
3. The Lambda function analyzes which IP addresses have made more requests than the defined threshold
and adds those IP addresses to an AWS WAF block list. AWS WAF blocks those IP addresses for a
period of time that you define. After this blocking period has expired, AWS WAF allows those IP
addresses to access your application again, but continues to monitor the requests from those IP
addresses.
4. The Lambda function publishes execution metrics in CloudWatch, such as the number of requests
analyzed and IP addresses blocked.
The AWS CloudFormation template will create a web access control list (web ACL) and three separate
rules in AWS WAF that will block and monitor requests from IP addresses, depending on the settings
that you configure during the tutorial. The three rules are defined here:
• Auto Block – This rule adds IP addresses that exceed the request-per-minute limit. New requests from
those IP addresses are blocked until Lambda removes the IP addresses from the block list after the
specified expiration period. The default is four hours.
• Manual Block – This rule adds IP addresses manually to the auto-block list. The IP addresses are
permanently blocked; they can access the web application only if you remove them from the block list.
You can use this list to block known bad IP addresses or IP addresses that are frequently added to the
auto-block rule.
• Auto Count – This is a quarantine rule: the requests are not blocked, but you track in near real-time
the number of requests from previously blocked IP addresses. This rule gives you visibility into an IP
address's behavior after being removed from the auto-block rule.
Requirements: This tutorial assumes that you already have a CloudFront distribution that you use to
deliver content for your web application. If you don't have a CloudFront distribution, see Creating or
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Rate-Based Blocking
Updating a Web Distribution Using the CloudFront Console in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
This tutorial also uses AWS CloudFormation to simplify the provisioning process. For more information,
see the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.
Estimated time: 15 minutes if you already have a CloudFront distribution, 30 minutes if you need to
create a CloudFront distribution.
Estimated cost:
• AWS WAF
• $5.00 per month per web ACL (the tutorial creates one web ACL)
• $1.00 per month per rule (x3 for the three rules that AWS CloudFormation creates for this tutorial)
• $0.60 per million requests
• AWS Lambda – Each new CloudFront access log represents a new request and triggers the Lambda
function that is created by this tutorial. Lambda charges include:
• Requests – The first million requests are free, then Lambda charges $0.20 per million requests.
CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour.
• Memory used per second – $0.00001667 per GB of memory used per second.
• Amazon S3 – Amazon S3 charges for storing CloudFront access logs. The size of the logs and,
therefore, the charge for storage depends on the number of requests that CloudFront receives for your
objects. For more information, see Amazon S3 Pricing.
• CloudFront – You don't incur any additional CloudFront charges for this solution. For more information,
see Amazon CloudFront Pricing.
Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for
Rate-Based Blocking
In the following procedure, you use a AWS CloudFormation template to create a stack that launches the
AWS resources required by Lambda, CloudFront, Amazon S3, AWS WAF, and CloudWatch.
Important
You begin to incur charges for the different services when you create the AWS CloudFormation
stack that deploys this solution. Charges continue to accrue until you delete the AWS
CloudFormation stack. For more information, see Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS
CloudFormation Stack (p. 60).
To create an AWS CloudFormation stack for rate-based blocking
1.
To start the wizard that creates an AWS CloudFormation stack, choose the link for the region in
which you want to create AWS resources:
• Create a stack in US East (N. Virginia)
• Create a stack in US West (Oregon)
• Create a stack in EU (Ireland)
• Create a stack in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
2.
If you are not already signed in to the AWS Management Console, sign in when prompted.
3.
On the Select Template page, the selected URL automatically appears under Specify an Amazon
S3 template URL. Choose Next.
4.
On the Specify Details page, specify the following values:
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Stack Name
You can use the default name (RateBasedBL) or you can change the name. The stack name
must not contain spaces and must be unique within your AWS account.
Create CloudFront Access Log Bucket
Select yes to create a new Amazon S3 bucket for CloudFront access logs, or select no if you
already have an Amazon S3 bucket for CloudFront access logs.
CloudFront Access Log Bucket Name
Type the name of the Amazon S3 bucket where you want CloudFront to put access logs. Leave
this field empty if you selected no for Create CloudFront Access Log Bucket.
Request Threshold
Type the maximum number of requests that can be made from an IP address per minute without
being blocked. The default is 400.
WAF Block Period
Specify how long (in minutes) an IP address should be blocked after crossing the threshold. The
default is 240 minutes (four hours).
WAF Quarantine Period
Specify how long (in minutes) AWS WAF should monitor IP addresses after AWS WAF has
stopped blocking them. The default is 240 minutes.
5.
6.
7.
Choose Next.
(Optional) On the Options page, you can enter tags and advanced settings, or you can leave the
fields blank. Choose Next.
On the Review page, select the I acknowledge check box, and then choose Create.
After you choose Create, AWS CloudFormation creates the AWS resources necessary to run the
solution:
•
•
•
•
Lambda function
AWS WAF web ACL (named Malicious Requesters) with the necessary rules configured
CloudWatch custom metric
Amazon S3 bucket with the name that you specified in the CloudFront Access Log Bucket Name
field in step 6, if you selected yes for Create CloudFront Access Log Bucket
Step 2: Update Your CloudFront Distribution
Settings
After AWS CloudFormation creates the stack, you need to update the CloudFront distribution to activate
AWS WAF and update your Amazon S3 bucket to enable event notification.
Note
If you're already using AWS WAF to monitor CloudFront requests and if logging is already enabled
for the distribution that you're monitoring, you can skip the first procedure.
To update your CloudFront distribution settings
1.
2.
Open the CloudFront console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/.
In the top pane of the console, select the distribution for which you want AWS WAF to monitor
requests.
3.
4.
In the Distribution Settings pane, choose the General tab, and then choose Edit.
Specify the following values:
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Values
AWS WAF Web ACL
Choose Malicious Requesters, the name of the web ACL that AWS CloudFormation created
for you at the end of Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Rate-Based
Blocking (p. 56).
Logging
Choose On.
Bucket for Logs
Either choose the bucket that AWS CloudFormation created for you in Step 1: Create an AWS
CloudFormation Stack for Rate-Based Blocking (p. 56) or choose an existing bucket.
5.
Choose Yes, Edit to save your changes.
If you already have an Amazon S3 bucket for CloudFront access logs (if you selected no for Create
CloudFront Access Log Bucket in the preceding procedure), enable Amazon S3 event notification to
trigger the Lambda function when a new log file is added to the bucket. For more information, see Enabling
Event Notifications in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide.
Note
If you chose to have AWS CloudFormation create the bucket for you, AWS CloudFormation also
enabled event notifications for the bucket.
To enable Amazon S3 event notification
1.
2.
3.
4.
Open the Amazon S3 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/.
Choose the bucket that you want to use for CloudFront access logs.
Choose Properties, and expand Events.
Specify the following values:
Name
Type a name for the event, such as LambdaNotificationsForWAF. The name can't contain
spaces.
Events
Select ObjectCreated (All).
Prefix
Leave the field empty.
Suffix
Type gz.
Send To
Select Lambda function.
Lambda function
Choose RateBasedBL or the name that you specified for your AWS CloudFormation stack.
5.
Choose Save.
Step 3: (Optional) Edit AWS CloudFormation
Parameter Values
If you want to change the parameters after you create the AWS CloudFormation stack—for example, if
you want to change the threshold value or how long IPs are blocked—you can update the AWS
CloudFormation stack.
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To edit AWS CloudFormation parameter values
1.
Open the AWS CloudFormation console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/.
2.
In the list of stacks, choose the running stack that you want to update, which is RateBasedBL if you
accepted the default value when you created the stack.
Choose Actions, and then choose Update Stack.
On the Select Template page, select Use current template, and then choose Next.
3.
4.
5.
On the Specify Details page, change the values of Rate-Based Blacklisting Parameters as
applicable:
Request Threshold
Type the new maximum number of requests that can be made per minute without being blocked.
WAF Block Period
Specify the new value of how long (in minutes) you want AWS WAF to block the IP address after
the number of requests from that IP address exceed the value of Request Threshold.
WAF Quarantine Period
Specify the new value of how long (in minutes) you want AWS WAF to monitor the IP address
after AWS WAF has stopped blocking it.
6.
7.
On the Options page, choose Next.
On the Review page, select the I acknowledge check box, and then choose Update.
AWS CloudFormation will update the stack to reflect the new values of the parameters.
Step 4: (Optional) Test Your Thresholds and IP
Rules
To test your solution, you can wait until CloudFront generates a new access log file, or you can simulate
this process by uploading a sample access log into the Amazon S3 bucket that you specified for receiving
log files.
To test your thresholds and IP rules
1.
2.
Download the sample CloudFront access log file from the AWS website.
Open the Amazon S3 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/.
3.
Choose the Amazon S3 bucket that you're using for CloudFront access logs for this tutorial.
4.
5.
Choose Upload.
Choose Add Files, choose the sample access log file, and choose Start Upload.
After the upload completes, perform the following procedure to confirm that the IP addresses were
populated automatically in the AWS WAF Auto Block rule. Lambda will take a few seconds to process
the log file and update the rule.
To review IP addresses in the Auto Block rule
1.
2.
3.
Open the AWS WAF console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
In the left pane, choose Rules.
Choose the Auto Block rule.
4.
Confirm that the Auto Block rule includes an IP match condition that contains IP addresses.
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Stack
Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS
CloudFormation Stack
If you want to stop blocking IP addresses based on the rate at which they submit requests, delete the
AWS CloudFormation stack that you created in Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for
Rate-Based Blocking (p. 56). This deletes the AWS resources that AWS CloudFormation created and
stops the AWS charges for those resources.
To delete an AWS CloudFormation stack
1.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS CloudFormation console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/.
2.
3.
4.
Select the check box for the stack; the default name is RateBasedBL.
Choose Delete Stack.
Choose Yes, Delete to confirm.
5.
To track the progress of the stack deletion, select the check box for the stack, and choose the Events
tab in the bottom pane.
Tutorial: Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad
Requests
Using AWS Lambda, you can set a threshold of how many bad requests per minute your web application
will tolerate from a given IP address. A bad request is one for which your CloudFront origin returns one
of the following HTTP 40x status codes:
•
•
•
•
400, Bad Request
403, Forbidden
404, Not Found
405, Method Not Allowed
If users (based on IP addresses) exceed this error code threshold, Lambda will automatically update your
AWS WAF rules to block IP addresses and specify for how long requests from those IP addresses should
be blocked.
This tutorial shows you how to use an AWS CloudFormation template to specify the request threshold
and time to block requests. The tutorial also uses CloudFront access logs (stored in Amazon S3) to count
requests as they are served by CloudFront and by Amazon CloudWatch metrics.
Topics
• Solution Overview (p. 61)
• Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad
Requests (p. 62)
• Step 2: Update Your CloudFront Distribution Settings (p. 63)
• Step 3: (Optional) Edit AWS CloudFormation Parameter Values (p. 65)
• Step 4: (Optional) Test Your Thresholds and IP Rules (p. 65)
• Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS CloudFormation Stack (p. 66)
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Solution Overview
1. As CloudFront receives requests on behalf of your web application, it sends access logs to an Amazon
S3 bucket that contains detailed information about the requests.
2. For every new access log stored in the Amazon S3 bucket, a Lambda function is triggered.The Lambda
function parses the log files and looks for requests that resulted in error codes 400, 403, 404, and 405.
The function then counts the number of bad requests and temporarily stores results in
current_outstanding_requesters.json in the Amazon S3 bucket that you're using for access
logs.
3. The Lambda function updates AWS WAF rules to block the IP addresses that are listed in
current_outstanding_requesters.json for a period of time that you specify. After this blocking
period has expired, AWS WAF allows those IP addresses to access your application again, but continues
to monitor the requests from those IP addresses.
4. The Lambda function publishes execution metrics in CloudWatch, such as the number of requests
analyzed and IP addresses blocked.
The AWS CloudFormation template will create a web access control list (web ACL) and two separate
rules in AWS WAF that will block and monitor requests from IP addresses, depending on the settings
that you configure during the tutorial. The two rules are defined here:
• Auto Block – This rule adds IP addresses that exceed the request-per-minute limit. New requests from
those IP addresses are blocked until Lambda removes the IP addresses from the block list after the
specified expiration period. The default is four hours.
• Manual Block – This rule adds IP addresses manually to the auto-block list. The IP addresses are
permanently blocked; they can access the web application only if you remove them from the block list.
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Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad Requests
You can use this list to block known bad IP addresses or IP addresses that are frequently added to the
auto-block rule.
Requirements: This tutorial assumes that you already have a CloudFront distribution that you use to
deliver content for your web application. If you don't have a CloudFront distribution, see Creating or
Updating a Web Distribution Using the CloudFront Console in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.
This tutorial also uses AWS CloudFormation to simplify the provisioning process. For more information,
see the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.
Estimated time: 15 minutes if you already have a CloudFront distribution, 30 minutes if you need to
create a CloudFront distribution.
Estimated cost:
• AWS WAF
• $5.00 per month per web ACL (the tutorial creates one web ACL)
• $1.00 per month per rule (x2 for the two rules that AWS CloudFormation creates for this tutorial)
• $0.60 per million requests
• AWS Lambda – Each new CloudFront access log represents a new request and triggers the Lambda
function that is created by this tutorial. Lambda charges include:
• Requests – The first million requests are free, then Lambda charges $0.20 per million requests.
CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour.
• Memory used per second – $0.00001667 per GB of memory used per second.
• Amazon S3 – Amazon S3 charges for storing CloudFront access logs. The size of the logs and,
therefore, the charge for storage depends on the number of requests that CloudFront receives for your
objects. For more information, see Amazon S3 Pricing.
• CloudFront – You don't incur any additional CloudFront charges for this solution. For more information,
see Amazon CloudFront Pricing.
Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for
Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad Requests
In the following procedure, you use a AWS CloudFormation template to create a stack that launches the
AWS resources required by Lambda, CloudFront, Amazon S3, AWS WAF, and CloudWatch.
Important
You begin to incur charges for the different services when you create the AWS CloudFormation
stack that deploys this solution. Charges continue to accrue until you delete the AWS
CloudFormation stack. For more information, see Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS
CloudFormation Stack (p. 66).
To create an AWS CloudFormation stack for blocking IP addresses that submit bad requests
1.
To start the wizard that creates an AWS CloudFormation stack, choose the link for the region in
which you want to create AWS resources:
• Create a stack in US East (N. Virginia)
• Create a stack in US West (Oregon)
• Create a stack in EU (Ireland)
• Create a stack in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
2.
If you are not already signed in to the AWS Management Console, sign in when prompted.
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3.
4.
On the Select Template page, the selected URL automatically appears under Specify an Amazon
S3 template URL. Choose Next.
On the Specify Details page, specify the following values:
Stack Name
You can use the default name (BadBehavingIP) or you can change the name. The stack name
must not contain spaces and must be unique within your AWS account.
Create CloudFront Access Log Bucket
Select yes to create a new Amazon S3 bucket for CloudFront access logs, or select no if you
already have an Amazon S3 bucket for CloudFront access logs.
CloudFront Access Log Bucket Name
Type the name of the Amazon S3 bucket where you want CloudFront to put access logs. Leave
this field empty if you selected no for Create CloudFront Access Log Bucket.
Request Threshold
Type the maximum number of requests that can be made from an IP address per minute without
being blocked. The default is 400.
WAF Block Period
Specify how long (in minutes) an IP address should be blocked after crossing the threshold. The
default is 240 minutes (four hours).
5.
6.
7.
8.
Choose Next.
(Optional) On the Options page, enter tags and advanced settings or leave the fields blank.
Choose Next.
On the Review page, select the I acknowledge check box, and then choose Create.
After you choose Create, AWS CloudFormation creates the AWS resources necessary to run the
solution:
•
•
•
•
Lambda function
AWS WAF web ACL (named Malicious Requesters) with the necessary rules configured
CloudWatch custom metric
Amazon S3 bucket with the name that you specified in the CloudFront Access Log Bucket Name
field in step 6, if you selected yes for Create CloudFront Access Log Bucket
Step 2: Update Your CloudFront Distribution
Settings
After AWS CloudFormation creates the stack, you need to update the CloudFront distribution to activate
AWS WAF and update your Amazon S3 bucket to enable event notification.
Note
If you're already using AWS WAF to monitor CloudFront requests and if logging is already enabled
for the distribution that you're monitoring, you can skip the first procedure.
To update your CloudFront distribution settings
1.
Open the CloudFront console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/.
2.
In the top pane of the console, select the distribution for which you want AWS WAF to monitor
requests.
In the Distribution Settings pane, choose the General tab, and then choose Edit.
3.
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4.
Specify the following values:
AWS WAF Web ACL
Choose Malicious Requesters, the name of the web ACL that AWS CloudFormation created
for you at the end of Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Blocking IP Addresses
that Submit Bad Requests (p. 62).
Logging
Choose On.
Bucket for Logs
Either choose the bucket that AWS CloudFormation created for you in Step 1: Create an AWS
CloudFormation Stack for Blocking IP Addresses that Submit Bad Requests (p. 62) or choose
an existing bucket.
5.
Choose Yes, Edit to save your changes.
If you already have an Amazon S3 bucket for CloudFront access logs (if you selected no for Create
CloudFront Access Log Bucket in the preceding procedure), enable Amazon S3 event notification to
trigger the Lambda function when a new log file is added to the bucket. For more information, see Enabling
Event Notifications in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Console User Guide.
Note
If you chose to have AWS CloudFormation create the bucket for you, AWS CloudFormation also
enabled event notifications for the bucket.
To enable Amazon S3 event notification
1.
2.
3.
4.
Open the Amazon S3 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/.
Choose the bucket that you want to use for CloudFront access logs.
Choose Properties, and expand Events.
Specify the following values:
Name
Type a name for the event, such as LambdaNotificationsForWAFBadRequests. The name
can't contain spaces.
Events
Select ObjectCreated (All).
Prefix
Leave the field empty.
Suffix
Type gz.
Send To
Select Lambda function.
Lambda function
Choose BadBehavingIP or the name that you specified for your AWS CloudFormation stack.
5.
Choose Save.
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Values
Step 3: (Optional) Edit AWS CloudFormation
Parameter Values
If you want to change the parameters after you create the AWS CloudFormation stack—for example, if
you want to change the threshold value or how long IPs are blocked—you can update the AWS
CloudFormation stack.
To edit AWS CloudFormation parameter values
1.
Open the AWS CloudFormation console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/.
2.
In the list of stacks, choose the running stack that you want to update, which is BadBehavingIP if
you accepted the default value when you created the stack.
Choose Actions, and then choose Update Stack.
On the Select Template page, select Use current template, and then choose Next.
3.
4.
5.
On the Specify Details page, change the values of Error Code Blacklisting Parameters as
applicable:
Request Threshold
Type the new maximum number of requests that can be made per minute without being blocked.
WAF Block Period
Specify the new value of how long (in minutes) you want AWS WAF to block the IP address after
the number of requests from that IP address exceed the value of Request Threshold.
6.
7.
On the Options page, choose Next.
On the Review page, select the I acknowledge check box, and then choose Update.
AWS CloudFormation will update the stack to reflect the new values of the parameters.
Step 4: (Optional) Test Your Thresholds and IP
Rules
To test your solution, you can wait until CloudFront generates a new access log file, or you can simulate
this process by uploading a sample access log into the Amazon S3 bucket that you specified for receiving
log files.
To test your thresholds and IP rules
1.
Download the sample CloudFront access log file from the AWS website.
2.
3.
4.
Open the Amazon S3 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/s3/.
Choose the Amazon S3 bucket that you're using for CloudFront access logs for this tutorial.
Choose Upload.
5.
Choose Add Files, choose the sample access log file, and choose Start Upload.
After the upload completes, perform the following procedure to confirm that the IP addresses were
populated automatically in the AWS WAF Auto Block rule. Lambda will take a few seconds to process
the log file and update the rule.
To review IP addresses in the Auto Block rule
1.
Open the AWS WAF console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/waf/.
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2.
3.
In the left pane, choose Rules.
Choose the Auto Block rule.
4.
Confirm that the Auto Block rule includes an IP match condition that contains IP addresses.
Step 5: (Optional) Delete Your AWS
CloudFormation Stack
If you want to stop blocking IP addresses that submit bad requests, delete the AWS CloudFormation
stack that you created in Step 1: Create an AWS CloudFormation Stack for Blocking IP Addresses that
Submit Bad Requests (p. 62). This deletes the AWS resources that AWS CloudFormation created and
stops the AWS charges for those resources.
To delete an AWS CloudFormation stack
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS CloudFormation console at https://
console.aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/.
Select the check box for the stack; the default name is BadBehavingIP.
Choose Delete Stack.
Choose Yes, Delete to confirm.
To track the progress of the stack deletion, select the check box for the stack, and choose the Events
tab in the bottom pane.
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Limits
AWS WAF has default limits on the number of entities per account. You can request an increase in these
limits.
Resource
Default Limit
Web ACLs per AWS account
10
Rules per AWS account
50
Conditions per AWS account
50
The following limits on AWS WAF entities can't be changed.
Resource
Limit
Rules per web ACL
10
Conditions per rule
10
Filters per size constraint condition
10
Filters per SQL injection match condition
10
Filters per string match condition
10
In string match conditions, the number of characters in HTTP header names, when 40
you've configured AWS WAF to inspect the headers in web requests for a specified
value
In string match conditions, the number of bytes in the value that you want AWS
WAF to search for
50
IP address ranges (in CIDR notation) per IP match condition
1000
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AWS Resources
Resources
The following related resources can help you as you work with this service.
AWS Resources
Several helpful guides, forums, and other resources are available from Amazon Web Services.
• AWS WAF Release Notes – A high-level overview of the current release noting any new features,
corrections, and known issues.
• Discussion Forums – A community-based forum for developers to discuss technical questions related
to AWS WAF.
• AWS Support Center – This site brings together information about your recent support cases, and
provides links to discussion forums, technical FAQs, the service health dashboard, and information
about AWS support plans.
• AWS Premium Support Information – The primary web page for information about AWS Premium
Support, a one-on-one, fast-response support channel to help you build and run applications on AWS
Infrastructure Services.
• Contact Us – Links for inquiring about your billing or account. For technical questions, use the discussion
forums or support links above.
• AWS WAF product information – The primary web page for information about AWS WAF, including
features, pricing, and more.
• AWS Training and Courses – Links to role-based and specialty courses as well as self-paced labs
to help sharpen your AWS skills and gain practical experience.
• AWS Developer Tools – Links to developer tools and resources that provide documentation, code
samples, release notes, and other information to help you build innovative applications with AWS.
• AWS Support Center – The hub for creating and managing your AWS Support cases. Also includes
links to other helpful resources, such as forums, technical FAQs, service health status, and AWS
Trusted Advisor.
• AWS Support – The primary web page for information about AWS Support, a one-on-one, fast-response
support channel to help you build and run applications in the cloud.
• Contact Us – A central contact point for inquiries concerning AWS billing, account, events, abuse, and
other issues.
• AWS Site Terms – Detailed information about our copyright and trademark; your account, license, and
site access; and other topics.
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Document History
• API Version: 2015-08-24
• Latest documentation update: January 27, 2016
The following table describes important changes in each release of the AWS WAF Developer Guide.
Change
API Version Description
Release Date
New Features
2015-08-24
January 27,
2016
With this release, AWS WAF adds the following features:
• You can configure AWS WAF to allow, block, or count
web requests based on the lengths of specified parts of
the requests, such as query strings or URIs. For more
information, see Working with Size Constraint Conditions (p. 28).
• You can configure AWS WAF to allow, block, or count
web requests based on the content in the request body.
This is the part of a request that contains any additional
data that you want to send to your web server as the
HTTP request body, such as data from a form. This
feature applies to string match conditions, SQL injection
match conditions, and the new size constraint conditions
mentioned in the first bullet. For more information, see
the following documentation:
• Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit
String Match Conditions (p. 21)
• Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit
SQL Injection Match Conditions (p. 26)
• Values that You Specify When You Create or Edit
Size Constraint Conditions (p. 29)
New Feature 2015-08-24
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November
CloudFront distributions that you want to associate a web 16, 2015
ACL with. For more information, see Associating or Disassociating a Web ACL and a CloudFront Distribution.
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Change
API Version Description
Initial Release
2015-08-24
Release Date
This is the first release of the AWS WAF Developer Guide. October 6,
2015
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AWS Glossary
For the latest AWS terminology, see the AWS Glossary in the AWS General Reference.
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