3.7 Ensure That RDP Access Is Restricted From the Internet


GCP Firewall Rules are specific to a VPC Network. Each rule either allows or denies traffic when its conditions are met. Its conditions allow users to specify the type of traffic, such as ports and protocols, and the source or destination of the traffic, including IP addresses, subnets, and instances.

Firewall rules are defined at the VPC network level and are specific to the network in which they are defined. The rules themselves cannot be shared among networks. Firewall rules only support IPv4 traffic. When specifying a source for an ingress rule or a destination for an egress rule by address, an IPv4 address or IPv4 block in CIDR notation can be used. Generic ( incoming traffic from the Internet to a VPC or VM instance using RDP on Port 3389 can be avoided.


GCP Firewall Rules within a VPC Network. These rules apply to outgoing (egress) traffic from instances and incoming (ingress) traffic to instances in the network. Egress and ingress traffic flows are controlled even if the traffic stays within the network (for example, instance-to-instance communication). For an instance to have outgoing Internet access, the network must have a valid Internet gateway route or custom route whose destination IP is specified. This route simply defines the path to the Internet, to avoid the most general ( destination IP Range specified from the Internet through RDP with the default Port 3389. Generic access from the Internet to a specific IP Range should be restricted.


All Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections from outside of the network to the concerned VPC(s) will be blocked. There could be a business need where secure shell access is required from outside of the network to access resources associated with the VPC. In that case, specific source IP(s) should be mentioned in firewall rules to white-list access to RDP port for the concerned VPC(s).


From the Console:

Go to VPC Network.

Go to the Firewall Rules.

Click the Firewall Rule to be modified.

Click Edit.

Modify Source IP ranges to specific IP.

Click Save.

From Command Line:
1.Update RDP Firewall rule with new SOURCE_RANGE from the below command:

gcloud compute firewall-rules update FirewallName --allow=[PROTOCOL[:PORT[-PORT]],...] --source-ranges=[CIDR_RANGE,...]

See Also


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References: 800-53|CA-9, 800-53|SC-7, 800-53|SC-7(5), CSCv7|9.2, CSCv7|12.4

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