Physical attacks
Mobile Apps Pentesting

Cloud security review

Generic tools

There are several tools that can be used to test different cloud environments. The installation steps and links are going to be indicated in this section.

AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

pip3 install scoutsuite


AWS, GCP, Azure, DigitalOcean

git clone && cd cs-suite/
pip install virtualenv
virtualenv -p python2.7 venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
python --help


Nessus has an Audit Cloud Infrastructure scan supporting: AWS, Azure, Office 365, Rackspace, Salesforce. Some extra configurations in Azure are needed to obtain a Client Id.

Common Sense

Take a look to the network access rules and detect if the services are correctly protected:

  • ssh available from everywhere?

  • Unencrypted services running (telnet, http, ...)?

  • Unprotected admin consoles?

  • In general, check that all services are correctly protected depending on their needs


To start the tests you should have credentials for a Global Reader user.

It is recommended to install azure-cli in a linux and windows virtual machines (to be able to run powershell and python scripts): Then, run az login to login. Note the account information and token will be saved inside <HOME>/.azure (in both Windows and Linux).

Remember that if the Security Centre Standard Pricing Tier is being used and not the free tier, you can generate a CIS compliance scan report from the azure portal. Go to Policy & Compliance-> Regulatory Compliance. If the company is not paying for a Standard account you may need to review the CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Benchmark by "hand" (you can get some help using the following tools). Download it from here.

Run scanners

Run the scanners to look for vulnerabilities and compare the security measures implemented with CIS.

scout azure --cli --report-dir <output_dir>
python -env azure
#Azucar is an Azure security scanner for PowerShell (
#Run it from its folder
.\Azucar.ps1 -AuthMode Interactive -ForceAuth -ExportTo EXCEL
#Azure-CIS-Scanner,CIS scanner for Azure (
pip3 install azure-cis-scanner #Install
azscan #Run, login before with `az login`

More checks

  • Check for a high number of global admins (between 2-4 are recommended).

  • Dedicated admin account shouldn't have mailboxes

  • Local AD shouldn't be sync with Azure AD if not needed


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