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AWS iam:PassRole

To configure many AWS services, you must pass an IAM role to the service. This allows the service to later assume the role and perform actions on your behalf.

By giving a role or user the iam:PassRole permission, you are saying:

this principal is allowed to assign AWS roles to resources and services in this account.

You can limit which roles a user or service can pass to others by specifying the role ARN(s) in the Resource field of the policy that grants them iam:PassRole:

"Effect": "Allow",
"Action": "iam:PassRole",
"Resource": [

As a rule of thumb, you should include only the roles required by your application. Wildcards and over-permissive resource grants highly increase the probability of (or completely allow) a privilege escalation.