AWS Config Service Tamperingedit

Identifies attempts to delete an AWS Config Service rule. An adversary may tamper with Config rules in order to reduce visibility into the security posture of an account and/or its workload instances.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • filebeat-*
  • logs-aws*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 10 minutes

Searches indices from: now-60m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Cloud
  • AWS
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • SecOps
  • Monitoring

Version: 4 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.9.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.2

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Potential false positivesedit

Privileged IAM users with security responsibilities may make changes to the Config rules in order to align with local security policies and requirements. Automation, orchestration, and security tools may also make changes to the Config service, when they are used to automate setup or configuration of AWS accounts. Other types of user or service contexts do not commonly make changes to this service.

Investigation guideedit

The AWS Filebeat module must be enabled to use this rule.

Rule queryedit

event.dataset: aws.cloudtrail and event.action: DeleteConfigRule and

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 4 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (7.11.0 release)
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Version 2 (7.10.0 release)
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