How To: Use access control with AWS Security Groups

Itamar Haber -

You can restrict access to your database to servers belonging to specific AWS security groups.

Follow these steps to configure Security Groups Access Control:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to 'My Resources > Manage'.
  3. Select the relevant DB by clicking it in the Manage Resources
  4. Click the 'Edit' button at the bottom of the page to edit the DB's properties.
  5. Scroll down to the Access Control section and verify that the 'AWS Security Groups' box is checked.
  6. For each Security Group that is allowed access to your DB, enter the following information:
    1. 'Security Group Name' - this should be the AWS Security Group Name (set by you) and not the AWS Security Group ID (assigned by AWS). The latter is prefixed with sg-.
    2. 'AWS Account ID' - the AWS Account ID that owns the security group.
  7. Make sure to click the 'Add' button to apply your additions.
  8. Once finished, click the 'Update' button at the bottom of the page to apply the changes to your DB.
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