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Exploring CloudFoxable - A Playground for AWS Cloud Penetration Testing

By Johannes Hayer
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This tool is a game-changer for both aspiring and seasoned penetration testers focusing on AWS environments. In this blog post, I will delve into what CloudFoxable is.

Introduction to CloudFoxable

CloudFoxable is an intentionally vulnerable AWS environment, designed to simulate real-world scenarios for penetration testing. It's akin to having a sandbox where one can safely experiment and learn about various attack vectors in AWS infrastructure. This tool draws inspiration from notable predecessors like CloudGoat,, and Metasploitable, but with a unique twist. The goal here is to expose learners to a variety of vulnerabilities and attack paths in a Capture The Flag (CTF) format, making the learning process both challenging and engaging.

Why CloudFoxable?

The primary allure of CloudFoxable lies in its educational value. It caters to individuals who might not have access to an enterprise AWS environment or those looking to expand their knowledge beyond their current capabilities. What sets CloudFoxable apart is its emphasis on creating a multitude of vulnerable resources and flags. This approach encourages users to explore new entry points, lateral movement strategies, and data access techniques, thereby broadening their penetration testing skills.

Deployment and Usage

Deploying CloudFoxable is straightforward. It involves setting up the environment in your own AWS account using Terraform, similar to how CloudGoat and IAM-Vulnerable are deployed. This setup process is not only a practical exercise in using Terraform but also in managing AWS resources.

Once deployed, CloudFoxable offers a range of CTF challenges. These challenges are designed to mimic real-world scenarios, allowing you to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. Bishop Fox, the creators of CloudFoxable, provides hints for these challenges, along with a public scoreboard. This scoreboard is a great way to gauge your cloud penetration testing skills against others in the community.

CloudFoxable and CloudFox: A Synergistic Pair

CloudFoxable is not just a standalone tool; it's designed to complement CloudFox, a tool that assists in finding exploitable attack paths in cloud infrastructure. When used together, CloudFox and CloudFoxable offer a comprehensive learning experience. CloudFox helps in identifying potential vulnerabilities, while CloudFoxable provides a hands-on environment to exploit these vulnerabilities.


In summary, CloudFoxable is a valuable asset for anyone interested in AWS cloud security, be it a novice learner or a seasoned professional. Its diverse set of challenges and integration with CloudFox makes it a must-try for those who want to deepen their understanding of cloud penetration testing. I highly recommend giving CloudFoxable a try. It's not just about learning; it's about pushing the boundaries of your AWS security knowledge.

Remember, the best way to understand and protect against vulnerabilities is to think like an attacker. CloudFoxable offers just that - an opportunity to step into the shoes of a penetration tester and explore the depths of AWS security. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to CloudFoxable and start your journey in AWS cloud penetration testing today!

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