Powerpipe is now the preferred way to run this mod! Migrating from Steampipe →
All v0.x versions of this mod will work in both Steampipe and Powerpipe, but v1.0.0 onwards will be in Powerpipe format only.

Terraform AWS Compliance

Run compliance and security controls to detect Terraform AWS resources deviating from security best practices prior to deployment in your AWS accounts.


Getting Started


Install Powerpipe (https://powerpipe.io/downloads), or use Brew:

brew install turbot/tap/powerpipe

This mod also requires Steampipe with the Terraform plugin as the data source. Install Steampipe (https://steampipe.io/downloads), or use Brew:

brew install turbot/tap/steampipe
steampipe plugin install terraform

Finally, install the mod:

mkdir dashboards
cd dashboards
powerpipe mod init
powerpipe mod install github.com/turbot/steampipe-mod-terraform-aws-compliance

Browsing Dashboards

Start Steampipe as the data source:

steampipe service start

Start the dashboard server:

powerpipe server

Browse and view your dashboards at http://localhost:9033.

Running Checks in Your Terminal

Instead of running benchmarks in a dashboard, you can also run them within your terminal with the powerpipe benchmark command:

List available benchmarks:

powerpipe benchmark list

Run a benchmark:

powerpipe benchmark run terraform_aws_compliance.benchmark.s3

Different output formats are also available, for more information please see Output Formats.

Common and Tag Dimensions

The benchmark queries use common properties (like path and connection_name) and tags that are defined in the form of a default list of strings in the variables.sp file. These properties can be overwritten in several ways:

It's easiest to setup your vars file, starting with the sample:

cp steampipe.spvars.example steampipe.spvars
vi steampipe.spvars

Alternatively you can pass variables on the command line:

powerpipe benchmark run terraform_aws_compliance.benchmark.s3 --var 'tag_dimensions=["Environment", "Owner"]'

Or through environment variables:

export PP_VAR_common_dimensions='["path", "connection_name"]'
export PP_VAR_tag_dimensions='["Environment", "Owner"]'
powerpipe benchmark run terraform_aws_compliance.benchmark.s3

Open Source & Contributing

This repository is published under the Apache 2.0 license. Please see our code of conduct. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Steampipe and Powerpipe are products produced from this open source software, exclusively by Turbot HQ, Inc. They are distributed under our commercial terms. Others are allowed to make their own distribution of the software, but cannot use any of the Turbot trademarks, cloud services, etc. You can learn more in our Open Source FAQ.

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