Inbound Telnet access should be restricted



Reduce the probability of a breach by checking EC2 security groups for inbound rules that allow unfettered access to TCP port 23 (used by the Telnet server application) and restrict access to IP addresses that require this port.


Malicious activity, such as spoofing, brute-force, and man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, can occur when permitting unfettered access to this port.


From the console

Follow the Security group rules docs to learn how to add a security group rule that will restrict access to a specific port.

From the command line

  1. Run revoke-security-group-ingress to remove inbound rules that allow unrestricted access to port 23.

        aws ec2 revoke-security-group-ingress
            --group-name group-name
            --protocol tcp
            --port 23
  2. Run authorize-security-group-ingress to add new inbound rules that restrict port 23 access.

        aws ec2 authorize-security-group-ingress
            --group-name your-group-name
            --protocol tcp
            --port 23