Ensure AWS MQ is not publicly accessible

Error: AWS MQ is publicly accessible

Bridgecrew Policy ID: BC_AWS_PUBLIC_11
Checkov Check ID: CKV_AWS_69
Severity: MEDIUM

AWS MQ is publicly accessible


Brokers created without public accessibility cannot be accessed from outside of your VPC. This greatly reduces your broker's susceptibility to DDoS attacks from the internet. Public Amazon MQ brokers can be accessed directly, outside of a VPC, allowing every EC2 on the Internet to reach your brokers through their public endpoints. This can increase the opportunity for malicious activity such as cross-site scripting and clickjacking attacks.

Fix - Runtime

AWS Console

To change the policy using the AWS Console, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the AWS Management Console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/.
  2. Open the Amazon MQ console.
  3. In the Select deployment and storage page, in the Deployment mode and storage type section configure your MQ based on your specs.
  4. In the Network and security section, configure your broker's connectivity and select the Public accessibility of your broker. Disabling public accessibility makes the broker accessible only within your VPC.

Fix - Buildtime


  • Resource: aws_mq_broker
  • Argument: publicly_accessible - (Optional) Whether to enable connections from applications outside of the VPC that hosts the broker's subnets.
resource "aws_mq_broker" "example" {
  broker_name = "example"
+ publicly_accessible = true
  configuration {
    id       = aws_mq_configuration.test.id
    revision = aws_mq_configuration.test.latest_revision

  engine_type        = "ActiveMQ"
  engine_version     = "5.15.0"
  host_instance_type = "mq.t2.micro"
  security_groups    = [aws_security_group.test.id]

  user {
    username = "ExampleUser"
    password = "MindTheGap"