Ensure ECR repositories have immutable tags

Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) is a managed Docker registry service that makes it easy for DevOps teams to store, manage and deploy Docker container images. Since a potential security issue may be present in a previous version of a Docker Image, it is important to not allow tags of previous images be set in order to make them appear to be the latest image or the production one. For this reason it is considered a security best practice to not allow tags to be changed.

Audit & Remediation

  • Login into your AWS account
  • Navigate to the ECR service at: https://console.aws.amazon.com/ecr
  • On the ECR main page, pinpoint any Repository name that has Tag immutability set to Disabled.



  • In the top right corner of this window, selectEdit button.
  • In the main panel, under Tag immutability select Enabled and select the Save button a the bottom.



  • Repeat the outlined steps for each repository.
  • Repeat the outlined steps for each region that you have ECR repositories in.
  • Repeat the outlined steps for each AWS account that you have.
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