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How to Find AWS CloudTrail Trails with Logging Disabled

Sending AWS CloudTrail events to CloudWatch Logs facilitates real-time and historic activity logging based on user, API, resource, and IP address, and makes it possible to establish alarms and notifications for anomalous or sensitive account activity.


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This guide assumes that you have already installed and configured Fix Inventory to collect your AWS resources.


  1. Execute the following search command in Fix Inventory Shell:

    > search is(aws_cloud_trail) and trail_status.is_logging==false
    ​kind=aws_cloud_trail, ..., region=fixinventory-poweruser
    ​kind=aws_cloud_trail, ..., account=poweruser-team
  2. Pipe the search command into the dump command:

    > search is(aws_cloud_trail) and trail_status.is_logging==false | dump
    ​ id: /aws/cloudtrail/123
    ​ name: some-name
    ​ ctime: '2022-12-05T22:53:14Z'
    ​ kind: aws_cloud_trail
    ​ age: 2mo28d

    The command output will list the details of all non-compliant aws_cloud_trail resources.


  • Validate that the trails in CloudTrail has an ARN set in the CloudWatchLogsLogGroupArn property.

Please refer to the AWS CloudTrail documentation for details.

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