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Infrastructure as Code (IAC) Cookbook by Pierre Pomes, Stephane Jourdan

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Using AWS security groups with Terraform

Amazon's security groups are similar to traditional firewalls, with ingress (incoming traffic) and egress (outgoing traffic) rules applied to EC2 instances. Those rules can be updated on-demand. We'll create an initial security group allowing ingress Secure Shell (SSH) traffic only for our own IP address, while allowing all outgoing traffic.

Getting ready

To step through this recipe, you will need the following:

  • A working Terraform installation
  • An AWS provider configured in Terraform (refer to the previous recipe)
  • An Internet connection

How to do it…

The resource we're using is called aws_security_group. Here's the basic structure:

resource "aws_security_group" "base_security_group" { name = "base_security_group" ...

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