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Inbound TCP NetBIOS access is restricted

ec2

Classification:

compliance

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Description

Reduce the probability of a breach by checking EC2 security groups for inbound rules that allow unfettered access to TCP port 139 (used by services for NetBIOS name resolution) and restrict access to IP addresses that require this port.

Rationale

Malicious activity, such as bad tunnel exploits or denial-of-service (DoS) and man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, can occur when permitting unfettered access to this port.

Remediation

Console

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

CLI

  1. Run revoke-security-group-ingress to remove inbound rules that allow unrestricted access to TCP port 139.

    revoke-security-group-ingress.sh

        aws ec2 revoke-security-group-ingress
            --group-name group-name
            --protocol tcp
            --port 139
            --cidr 192.0.2.0/24