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But the AWS SSM agent doesn't listen on the network [0]. The connection is initiated by the agent towards the cloud API, so any commands that come in aren't new connections established over a possibly insecure network.

Of course, if the agent's verification of who it's talking to is as good as in the case of Azure, all bets are off.

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[0] I've just checked this on an Ubuntu EC2 instance. The SSM agent is running, but it doesn't listen on any interface. No custom configuration was done it.




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