3.9 Ensure 'Allow Azure services on the trusted services list to access this storage account' is Enabled for Storage Account Access

Information

Some Azure services that interact with storage accounts operate from networks that can't be granted access through network rules. To help this type of service work as intended, allow the set of trusted Azure services to bypass the network rules. These services will then use strong authentication to access the storage account. If the Allow trusted Azure services exception is enabled, the following services are granted access to the storage account: Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, Azure DevTest Labs, Azure Event Grid, Azure Event Hubs, Azure Networking, Azure Monitor, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse (when registered in the subscription).

Rationale:

Turning on firewall rules for storage account will block access to incoming requests for data, including from other Azure services. We can re-enable this functionality by enabling 'Trusted Azure Services' through networking exceptions.

Impact:

This creates authentication credentials for services that need access to storage resources so that services will no longer need to communicate via network request. There may be a temporary loss of communication as you set each Storage Account. It is recommended to not do this on mission-critical resources during business hours.

Solution

From Azure Portal

Go to Storage Accounts

For each storage account, Click on the Networking blade

Click on the Firewalls and virtual networks heading.

Ensure that Enabled from selected virtual networks and IP addresses is selected.

Under the 'Exceptions' label, enable check box for Allow Azure services on the trusted services list to access this storage account.

Click Save to apply your changes.

From Azure CLI
Use the below command to update Azure services.

az storage account update --name <StorageAccountName> --resource-group <resourceGroupName> --bypass AzureServices

Default Value:

By default, Storage Accounts will accept connections from clients on any network.

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/benchmarks/10624

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