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The following blog post was written by me and Daniele Costa:
In this blog post we have demonstrated an SSRF exploitation to steal AWS credentials to access Amazon S3. What made this attack special was the fact that http://169.254.169.254/latest/meta-data/iam/ was not accessible to our users during the exploitation. Therefore, we had to use the ‘userData’ attribute in EC2 describe-instance-attribute operation to extract the sensitive data.