AWS Config

Custodian has deep integration with config, a custodian policy:

  • Can be deployed as config-rule for any resource type supported by config.

  • Can use config as resource database instead of querying service describe apis. Custodian supports server side querying resources with Config’s SQL expression language.

  • Can filter resources based on their compliance with one or more config rules.

  • Can be deployed as a config-poll-rule against any resource type supported by cloudformation.

Custodian does the legwork of normalizing the resource description from config’s idiosyncratic format to one that looks like describe api call output, so policies can utilize config with a simple change of source or execution mode.

Config Source

You can use config as a cmdb of resources instead of doing describes by adding source: config to any policy on a resource type that config supports. This also supports doing arbitrary sql selects (via config’s select resources api) on the resources in addition to the standard custodian filters.

  - name: dynamdb-checker
    resource: aws.dynamodb-table
    source: config
      - clause: "resourceId = 'MyTable'"
      - SSEDescription: absent

Config Rule

Custodian is also one of the easiest ways of authoring custom config rules. For any config supported resource, you can just add a mode with type:config-rule to have the policy deployed as a custom config rule lambda.

  - name: ec2-checker
    resource: aws.ec2
      type: config-rule
      role: MyLambdaConfigRole
      - type: image
        tag: "NotSupported"
        value: absent


Custodian also supports filtering resources based on their compliance with other config-rules.

  - name: ec2-remediate-non-compliant
    resource: aws.ec2
      - type: config-compliance
        rules: [my_other_config_rule, some_other_rule]
        states: [NON_COMPLIANT]
      - stop

Config Poll Rule

For resources not supported natively by AWS Config, an execution mode of type: config-poll-rule can be used for any resource supported by CloudFormation. This is effectively a periodic policy that queries the resource’s service api and filters resources to evaluate compliance/non-compliance and then records results to AWS Config. CloudFormation resources are only partially supported by AWS Config, and are not supported for source: config nor do they support resource timeline or resource attributes.

  - name: kinesis-one-stream
    resource: aws.kinesis
      type: config-poll-rule
      role: custodian-config-role
      schedule: Three_Hours
      - tag:App: Dev