CloudFront access logging should be enabled


CloudFront access logs record information about every user request that CloudFront receives. CloudFront distribution access logging should be enabled in order to track viewer requests for content, analyze statistics, and perform security audits.

Remediation Steps

AWS Console

  • Navigate to CloudFront.

  • Select the CloudFront distribution you want to update.

  • Click the Distribution Settings button.

  • In the General tab, click the Edit button.

  • In the Logging section, select the On radio button.

  • From the Buckets for Logs drop-down, select the AWS S3 bucket.

  • Click Yes, Edit.


  • Retrieve configuration information for your distribution.

    • aws cloudfront get-distribution --id <id> --output json > distro.json

  • Note the ETag, we’ll use this in a later step.

    • cat distro.json | jq '.ETag' -r

  • Separate the distribution config from its metadata.

    • echo $(cat distro.json | jq '.Distribution.DistributionConfig') > config.json

  • Update the Logging section to enable access logs.

    • echo $(cat config.json | jq '.Logging.Enabled = true | .Logging.Bucket = "<bucket-dns-name>"') > config.json

  • Apply the new configuration.

    • aws cloudfront update-distribution --id <id> --distribution-config file://config.json --if-match <etag>


  • Ensure that the aws_cloudfront_distribution logging_config block includes a bucket field that specifies a link to the Amazon S3 bucket to store access logs in.

Example Configuration

resource "aws_cloudfront_distribution" "example" {
  logging_config {
    bucket = ""
  # other required fields here