IAC sources usage

Supported IaC sources

At this time, the snyk iac describe command supports reading Terraform states as follows:

  • Local: --from="tfstate://terraform.tfstate"

  • S3: --from="tfstate+s3://my-bucket/path/to/state.tfstate"

  • GCS: --from="tfstate+gs://my-bucket/path/to/state.tfstate"

  • HTTPS: --from="tfstate+https://my-url/state.tfstate"

  • Terraform Cloud / Terraform Enterprise: --from="tfstate+tfcloud://WORKSPACE_ID"

  • Azure blob storage: --from="tfstate+azurerm://container-name/path/to/state.tfstate"

You can use any unsupported backend by using terraform to pipe your state in a file and then use the file with snyk iac describe:

$ terraform state pull > state.tfstate
$ snyk iac describe --from="tfstate://state.tfstate"

S3 read-only access IAM policy

The snyk iac describe command needs read-only access. The following policy ensures minimal access to your state file.

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "s3:ListBucket",
      "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::mybucket"
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "s3:GetObject",
      "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::mybucket/path/to/my/key"

HTTP + GitLab

The HTTP backend supports the GitLab-managed Terraform state using the GitLab API.

You need a GitLab repository that contains a Terraform state and an access token with the read_api scope.

Use the following command:

$ GITLAB_TOKEN=<access_token> \
snyk iac describe \
--from="tfstate+https://gitlab.com/api/v4/projects/<project_id>/terraform/state/<path_to_state>" \
--headers "Authorization=Bearer ${GITLAB_TOKEN}"

For more information about the GitLab-managed Terraform State, see GitLab-managed Terraform state on the GitLab documentation website.

Azure Blob Storage

To access state from Azure Blob Storage, define the following environment variables:

$ export AZURE_STORAGE_KEY=...
$ snyk iac describe --from="tfstate+azurerm://my-container/terraform.tfstate"

You can find these values in your Azure console, as shown in the following screenshot:

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