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Example: Service-wide

As mentioned before, there are some actions that do not support resource constraints - but all of those actions have access levels.

For example: notice how the table below - a recreation of the Actions, Resources, and Condition Keys page for S3 - shows s3:GetObject having two potential resource entries - either the object resource type (which resembles the raw ARN format of arn:aws:s3:::${BucketName}/${ObjectName}) OR a wildcard (i.e., any object in any bucket).

Now, with Policy Sentry's CRUD mode, we could create a policy with that action simply by pasting the ARN with that resource type under the read key. However, if we wanted the policy to include s3:ListAllMyBuckets or s3:ListAccessPoints, it's not possible to do it that way, since those actions do not support resource ARN constraints.

Actions Resource Access Level
s3:GetObject object Read
s3:GetObject * Read
s3:ListAllMyBuckets * List
s3:ListAccessPoints * List

Instead, we can leverage the following keys under wildcard-only key:

  • service-read
  • service-write
  • service-list
  • service-tagging
  • service-permissions-management

You can use this strategy to "bulk select" wildcard-only actions at different access levels. It improves the user experience so you don't have to actually know the details of individual IAM Actions, just the service prefixes and access levels.


mode: crud
    - s3


    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "MultMultNone",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": [

Note: Determining whether or not an AWS service has any actions that do not support resource ARN constraints

If you are doing this manually, and you want to figure out if an AWS service has any IAM actions that do not support resource ARN constraints, we can run the policy sentry query:

policy_sentry query action-table --service s3 --wildcard-only

The output will resemble the following:

IAM actions under s3 service that support wildcard resource values only: