Ensure RDP Internet access is restricted

Error: RDP Internet access is not restricted

Bridgecrew Policy ID: BC_AZR_NETWORKING_2
Checkov Check ID: CKV_AZURE_9
Bridgecrew Severity: CRITICAL
Prisma Cloud Severity: HIGH

RDP Internet access is not restricted


A potential security problem using RDP over the Internet is that attackers can use various brute force techniques to gain access to Azure Virtual Machines. Once the attackers gain access, they can use a virtual machine as a launch point for compromising other machines on the Azure Virtual Network. The attackers could also access and attack networked devices outside of Azure.

We recommend you disable RDP access over the internet to Network Security Groups.

Fix - Runtime

Azure Portal

To change the policy using the Azure Portal, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Azure Portal at https://portal.azure.com.
  2. For each VM, open the Networking blade.
  3. Verify that the INBOUND PORT RULES does not have a rule for RDP. For example:
  • Port = 3389
  • Protocol = TCP
  • Source = Any OR Internet

CLI Command

To list Network Security Groups with the corresponding non-default Security rules, use the following command:
az network nsg list --query [*].[name,securityRules]

Ensure that the NSGs do not have any of the following security rules:

  • "access" : "Allow"
  • "destinationPortRange" : "3389" or "*" or "[port range containing 3389]"
  • "direction" : "Inbound"
  • "protocol" : "TCP"
  • "sourceAddressPrefix" : "*" or "" or "/0" or "/0" or "internet" or "any"

Fix - Buildtime


  • Resource: azurerm_network_security_rule
  • Argument: access + protocol + destination_port_range + source_address_prefix
resource "azurerm_network_security_rule" "example" {
-    access                      = "Allow"
-    protocol                    = "TCP"
-    destination_port_range      = ["3389" / <port range including 3389>]]
-    source_address_prefix       = "*" / "" / "<nw>/0" / "/0" / "internet" / "any"