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The thread model isn't the cloud provider, it's anyone who can spoof the IP of your cloud provider's metadata service CIDR block. These tend to be link-local IPs, so it's common for the cloud boundary firewall itself to block anything incoming from that block, so the attacker would need to already in the perimeter, but it isn't exactly hard to get inside the data center just by being another tenant. This is one reason why it's common to block at the host level any packets with a src IP in the metadata service's CIDR block, just in case. You give up certain forms of remote management capabilities, but that is often worth it not to open up back doors developers are rarely even aware of.



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