AWS Federated User security credentials
I recently gained access to my organisation’s AWS account using federated login. This is new to me and I was struggling to work out how to get my user credentials.
It turns out that federated login is different to creating an IAM user, and that I needed to create my own IAM user.
If you’re not sure if you’re on a federated login, this is how it looks:
Creating an IAM user
Go to the IAM service and create a new user. Make sure not to require password reset as the IAM permissions may not allow users to change their password
Add any roles that are relevant. In this example I add admin, but make sure to add only the privileges you need
Add any tags if needed for reporting. I don’t use these
Review your new user and click create user at the bottom
This will show you all your credentials. Don’t forget to click
show under secret access key and password and/or download the CSV
These credentials were edited using developer tools, so they've never worked. They were then revoked and deleted
Visit the URL to log in
And you’re done!