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aws_iam_policies resource

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Use the aws_iam_policies InSpec audit resource to test properties of a collection of AWS IAM Policies.


aws_iam_policies Resource returns a collection of IAM Policies and allows testing of that collection.

describe aws_iam_policies do
  its('policy_names') { should include('test-policy-1') }


only_attached (optional)

This resource allows filtering by only_attached. When OnlyAttached is true, the returned list contains only the policies that are attached to an IAM user, group, or role. When OnlyAttached is false, or when the parameter is not included, all policies are returned.

scope (optional)

This resource allows filtering by scope. To list only AWS managed policies, set Scope to AWS. To list only the customer managed policies in your AWS account, set Scope to Local. If scope is not supplied ALL policies are returned.

See also the AWS documentation on IAM Policy.


Property Description
arns The ARN identifier of the specified policy.
policy_ids The policy ids.
policy_names The policy names.
attachment_counts The count of attached entities for each policy.
attached_groups The list of group names of the groups attached to each policy.
attached_roles The list of role names of the roles attached to each policy.
attached_users The list of usernames of the users attached to each policy.
default_version_ids The ‘default_version_id’ value of each policy.
entries Provides access to the raw results of the query, which can be treated as an array of hashes.


Ensure a policy exists

describe aws_iam_policies do
  its('policy_names') { should include('test-policy-1') }

Allow at most 100 IAM Policies on the account

describe aws_iam_policies do
  its('entries.count') { should be <= 100}


For a full list of available matchers, please visit our matchers page.


The control will pass if the describe returns at least one result.

Use should_not to test the entity should not exist.

describe aws_iam_policies.where( <property>: <value>) do
  it { should exist }

describe aws_iam_policies.where( <property>: <value>) do
  it { should_not exist }

AWS Permissions

Your Principal will need the iam:ListPolicies action with Effect set to Allow.

You can find detailed documentation at Actions, Resources, and Condition Keys for Identity And Access Management.

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