aws-mfa-util
AWS MFA Credentials Helper
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AWS MFA Credentials Helper

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A utility that implements MFA (Multi Factor Authentication, e.g. the Google Authenticator) support for the AWS CLI as well as applications using AWS APIs. It's purpose is similar to Limes, but it works purely by manipulating the ~/.aws/credentials file (Limes works by emulating the AWS metadata API).

Installation

From npm (recommended)

You need to have Node.js (and npm which is bundled) installed (which optionally can be done using NVM).

Install the package globally using npm:

npm install -g aws-mfa-util

The command should now be available as:

aws-mfa-util --help

Configuration

The utility works using the settings in the ~/.aws/credentials file. It needs to profiles (i.e sections in the file):

  • One that has the account credentials to which an MFA is associated.
    This section has to exists before running the command.
  • One that contains the temporary token.
    This token is given by AWS as a result of presenting a valid MFA generated code.

An example:

[default]
aws_access_key_id=BCTUMHTXNZKSRT8RDLEK
aws_secret_access_key=LDp2llJ7R2Mwc9IpqWZbhahxcZN3nmwpq92
mfa_serial=arn:aws:iam::6372819375:mfa/joe@doe.com

[mfa]
region=eu-west-1

The [default] section contains the access key and token for the account (as created in the AWS IAM WebUI). Here also the ARN of the MFA device is stated.

Optionally the target section is already present before running the aws-mfa-util where extra configuration can be given (in this case the default region).

Usage

Given the configuration file above you can use your MFA to generate a code, e.g. 123456, and generate credentials in the target section:

aws-mfa-util -c 123456

Which would update the file with credentials in the [mfa] section:

[default]
aws_access_key_id=BCTUMHTXNZKSRT8RDLEK
aws_secret_access_key=LDp2llJ7R2Mwc9IpqWZbhahxcZN3nmwpq92
mfa_serial=arn:aws:iam::6372819375:mfa/joe@doe.com

[mfa]
region=eu-west-1
aws_access_key_id=WeXC/Z7SPjY/CXGpeQ8Nng
aws_secret_access_key=74vPyestExgdvEmBU+BJfevj3sTaC0RzDRALuhhR
aws_session_token=BNI29w/e1Rh1Um2s/4De++6PNrZ+Gcrnl+s/wPkL2NgfKbD8I08qcsycbfQknWOqkH7f9OqaqExWOsM6f9FB2fqRtzYkXCnjl4k6Ay8q5fYQnsASJciRcqhb0KUFZZERWishybaNpud7gjMTt+QCDFczyL4tRPs+30rVsIrIDiWtjYaZB2Y
region=eu-west-1
expires=2018-10-05T14:48:16.000Z

Now AWS CLI commands as well as AWS API based programs can use the credentials by setting the AWS_PROFILE environment variable:

export AWS_PROFILE=mfa

Usage with Roles

If IAM Roles are used, then they may simply use the MFA created profile by adding the following to the ~/.aws/credentials file:

[my-role-a]
region=eu-west-1
role_arn=arn:aws:iam::6372819375:role/TheRoleA
source_profile=mfa

[my-role-b]
region=eu-west-1
role_arn=arn:aws:iam::6372819375:role/TheRoleB
source_profile=mfa

This way the MFA login may be re-used by the different roles simply by exporting the needed AWS_PROFILE variable:

# Select the TheRoleB role
export AWS_PROFILE=my-role-b

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