Ensure bucket ACL does not grant READ permission to everyone

Error: Bucket ACL grants READ permission to everyone

Bridgecrew Policy ID: BC_AWS_S3_1
Checkov Check ID: CKV_AWS_20
Bridgecrew Severity: CRITICAL
Prisma Cloud Severity: HIGH

Bucket ACL grants READ permission to everyone


Unprotected S3 buckets are one of the major causes of data theft and intrusions. An S3 bucket that allows READ access to everyone can provide attackers the ability to read object data within the bucket, which can lead to the exposure of sensitive data. The only S3 buckets that should be globally accessible for unauthenticated users or for Any AWS Authenticate Users are those used for hosting static websites. Bucket ACL helps manage access to S3 bucket data.

We recommend AWS S3 buckets are not publicly accessible for READ actions to protect S3 data from unauthorized users and exposing sensitive data to public access.

Fix - Runtime


S3 buckets should be protected by using the bucket ACL and bucket policies. If you want to share data with other users via S3 buckets create pre-signed URLs with a short expiration duration.

To generate a pre-signed URL for the file samplefile.zip, use the following command:

aws s3 presign --expires-in 36000 s3://sharedfolder/samplefile.zip

To generate pre-signed URLS for every object in an S3 bucket, use the following command:

while read line; do aws s3 presign --expires-in 36000 s3://sharedfolder/$line; done



For all automation-related work use the bucket policy and grant access to the required roles.

Fix - Buildtime


  • Resource: aws_s3_bucket, aws_s3_bucket_acl
  • Argument: acl
resource "aws_s3_bucket_acl" "data" {
  bucket = aws_s3_bucket.private_acl_v4.id
-  acl    = "public-read"
+  acl    = "private"


  • Resource: AWS::S3::Bucket.data
  • Argument: Properties.AccessControl
Type: AWS::S3::Bucket
-     AccessControl: PublicReadWrite / PublicRead