AWS External Account Scanner

Xenos, is Greek for stranger.

AWSXenos will list all the trust relationships in all the IAM roles, and S3 buckets, in an AWS account and give you a breakdown of all the accounts that have trust relationships to your account.

This tool reports against the Trusted Relationship Technique of the ATT&CK Framework.

  • For the “known” accounts list AWSXenos uses a modified version of known AWS Account IDs.
  • For the Org accounts list AWSXenos query AWS Organizations.
  • AWS Services are classified separately.
  • Everything else falls under unknown account


HTML Report Screenshot


Access Analyzer falls short because:

  1. You need to enable it in every region.

  2. Identified external entities might be known entities. E.g. a trusted third party vendor or a vendor you no longer trust. An Account number is seldom useful.

  3. Zone of trust is a fixed set of the AWS organisation. You won’t know if a trust between sandbox->prod has been established.

  4. Does not identify AWS Service principals. This is mainly important because of Wiz’s AWSConfig, et al vulnverabilities

How to run


pip install AWSXenos
awsxenos --reporttype HTML -w report.html
awsxenos --reporttype JSON -w report.json

You will get an HTML and JSON report.

See example report


from awsxenos.scan import Scan
from import Report

s = Scan()
r = Report(s.findings, s.known_accounts_data)
json_summary = r.JSON_report()
html_summary = r.HTML_report()

IAM Permissions

Permissions required.

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


python3 -m env venv
source /env/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt

I want to add more known accounts

Create a PR or raise an issue. Contributions are welcome.


  • IAM Roles
  • S3 Bucket Policies and ACLs
  • Use as library
  • HTML and JSON output
  • Supports AWS Services


  • Add support for more resource policies services, e.g. SecretsManager, KSM, SNS, SQS, Lambda
  • Add support for Cognito, RAM
  • Add support for VPCE