AWS - S3 Unauthenticated Enum

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S3 Public Buckets

A bucket is considered “public” if any user can list the contents of the bucket, and “private” if the bucket's contents can only be listed or written by certain users.

Companies might have buckets permissions miss-configured giving access either to everything or to everyone authenticated in AWS in any account (so to anyone). Note, that even with such misconfigurations some actions might not be able to be performed as buckets might have their own access control lists (ACLs).

Learn about AWS-S3 misconfiguration here: and

Finding AWS Buckets

Different methods to find when a webpage is using AWS to storage some resources:

Enumeration & OSINT:

  • Using wappalyzer browser plugin

  • Using burp (spidering the web) or by manually navigating through the page all resources loaded will be save in the History.

  • Check for resources in domains like:[bucket_name]/
  • Check for CNAMES as might have the CNAME

  • Check, a web with already discovered open buckets.

  • The bucket name and the bucket domain name needs to be the same.


You can find buckets by brute-forcing names related to the company you are pentesting:

# Generate a wordlist to create permutations
curl -s > /tmp/words-s3.txt.temp
curl -s >>/tmp/words-s3.txt.temp
cat /tmp/words-s3.txt.temp | sort -u > /tmp/words-s3.txt

# Generate a wordlist based on the domains and subdomains to test
## Write those domains and subdomains in subdomains.txt
cat subdomains.txt > /tmp/words-hosts-s3.txt
cat subdomains.txt | tr "." "-" >> /tmp/words-hosts-s3.txt
cat subdomains.txt | tr "." "\n" | sort -u >> /tmp/words-hosts-s3.txt

# Create permutations based in a list with the domains and subdomains to attack
goaltdns -l /tmp/words-hosts-s3.txt -w /tmp/words-s3.txt -o /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp
## The previous tool is specialized increating permutations for subdomains, lets filter that list
### Remove lines ending with "."
cat /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp | grep -Ev "\.$" > /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp2
### Create list without TLD
cat /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp2 | sed -E 's/\.[a-zA-Z0-9]+$//' > /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp3
### Create list without dots
cat /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp3 | tr -d "." > /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp4
### Create list without hyphens
cat /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp3 | tr "." "-" > /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp5

## Generate the final wordlist
cat /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp2 /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp3 /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp4 /tmp/final-words-s3.txt.temp5 | grep -v -- "-\." | awk '{print tolower($0)}' | sort -u > /tmp/final-words-s3.txt

## Call s3scanner
s3scanner --threads 100 scan --buckets-file /tmp/final-words-s3.txt  | grep bucket_exists

Loot S3 Buckets

Given S3 open buckets, BucketLoot can automatically search for interesting information.

Find the Region

You can find all the supported regions by AWS in


You can get the region of a bucket with a dig and nslookup by doing a DNS request of the discovered IP:

;; ANSWER SECTION:    5    IN    A

Non-authoritative answer: name =

Check that the resolved domain have the word "website". You can access the static website going to: or you can access the bucket visiting:

By Trying

If you try to access a bucket, but in the domain name you specify another region (for example the bucket is in but you try to access, then you will be indicated to the correct location:

Enumerating the bucket

To test the openness of the bucket a user can just enter the URL in their web browser. A private bucket will respond with "Access Denied". A public bucket will list the first 1,000 objects that have been stored.

Open to everyone:


You can also check this with the cli:

#Use --no-sign-request for check Everyones permissions
#Use --profile <PROFILE_NAME> to indicate the AWS profile(keys) that youwant to use: Check for "Any Authenticated AWS User" permissions
#--recursive if you want list recursivelyls 
#Opcionally you can select the region if you now it
aws s3 ls s3:// [--no-sign-request] [--profile <PROFILE_NAME>] [ --recursive] [--region us-west-2]

If the bucket doesn't have a domain name, when trying to enumerate it, only put the bucket name and not the whole AWSs3 domain. Example: s3://<BUCKETNAME>

Public URL template


Get Account ID from public Bucket

It's possible to determine an AWS account by taking advantage of the new S3:ResourceAccount Policy Condition Key. This condition restricts access based on the S3 bucket an account is in (other account-based policies restrict based on the account the requesting principal is in). And because the policy can contain wildcards it's possible to find the account number just one number at a time.

This tool automates the process:

# Installation
pipx install s3-account-search
pip install s3-account-search
# With a bucket
s3-account-search arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/s3_read s3://my-bucket
# With an object
s3-account-search arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/s3_read s3://my-bucket/path/to/object.ext

This technique also works with API Gateway URLs, Lambda URLs, Data Exchange data sets and even to get the value of tags (if you know the tag key). You can find more information in the original research and the tool conditional-love to automate this exploitation.

Confirming a bucket belongs to an AWS account

As explained in this blog post, if you have permissions to list a bucket it’s possible to confirm an accountID the bucket belongs to by sending a request like:

curl -X GET "[bucketname]" \
-H "x-amz-expected-bucket-owner: [correct-account-id]"

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<ListBucketResult xmlns="">...</ListBucketResult>

If the error is an “Access Denied” it means that the account ID was wrong.

Used Emails as root account enumeration

As explained in this blog post, it's possible to check if an email address is related to any AWS account by trying to grant an email permissions over a S3 bucket via ACLs. If this doesn't trigger an error, it means that the email is a root user of some AWS account:

        'Grants': [
                'Grantee': {
                    'EmailAddress': '',
                    'Type': 'AmazonCustomerByEmail',
                'Permission': 'READ'
        'Owner': {
            'DisplayName': 'Whatever',
            'ID': 'c3d78ab5093a9ab8a5184de715d409c2ab5a0e2da66f08c2f6cc5c0bdeadbeef'


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