IAM AccessAdvisor takes forever to return (never come back) results | by Teri Radichel | Biting Bugs | October 2023


Just in case anyone is reading this…is something wrong or is this just taking a really long time?

I use AWS AccessAdvisor to see what actions have been taken regarding AWS IAM policies. In one case, the results came back very quickly.

In other cases, results take forever to appear.

Is it because I temporarily assigned the admin role because something wasn’t working and it was somehow cycling through all possible actions?

Shouldn’t it start with the actions that were taken (minimal) and work in the other direction to get to the services used (if that’s what it does)?

I suspect this is the case because the policy that returned more quickly is more restrictive.

It may be necessary to look at actions taken versus actions permitted and start from the smallest set to perform the analysis.

After watching the dial spin for about half an hour, I’m pretty sure it’ll never come back. Maybe something on my network is blocking it, but in that case it should return a proper error message so I know what the problem is….


Switching to another network, one of the analyzer results finally came back. The other never did. It was for a deleted user. However, the results should still be returned if the user is deleted, right? Because the results are always in the politics-related newspapers…

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Teri Radichel | © 2nd view laboratory 2023

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