SecretsManager / Client / validate_resource_policy



Validates that a resource policy does not grant a wide range of principals access to your secret. A resource-based policy is optional for secrets.

The API performs three checks when validating the policy:

  • Sends a call to Zelkova, an automated reasoning engine, to ensure your resource policy does not allow broad access to your secret, for example policies that use a wildcard for the principal.

  • Checks for correct syntax in a policy.

  • Verifies the policy does not lock out a caller.

Secrets Manager generates a CloudTrail log entry when you call this action. Do not include sensitive information in request parameters because it might be logged. For more information, see Logging Secrets Manager events with CloudTrail.

Required permissions: secretsmanager:ValidateResourcePolicy and secretsmanager:PutResourcePolicy. For more information, see IAM policy actions for Secrets Manager and Authentication and access control in Secrets Manager.

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.validate_resource_policy(
  • SecretId (string) – The ARN or name of the secret with the resource-based policy you want to validate.

  • ResourcePolicy (string) –


    A JSON-formatted string that contains an Amazon Web Services resource-based policy. The policy in the string identifies who can access or manage this secret and its versions. For example policies, see Permissions policy examples.

Return type:



Response Syntax

    'PolicyValidationPassed': True|False,
    'ValidationErrors': [
            'CheckName': 'string',
            'ErrorMessage': 'string'

Response Structure

  • (dict) –

    • PolicyValidationPassed (boolean) –

      True if your policy passes validation, otherwise false.

    • ValidationErrors (list) –

      Validation errors if your policy didn’t pass validation.

      • (dict) –

        Displays errors that occurred during validation of the resource policy.

        • CheckName (string) –

          Checks the name of the policy.

        • ErrorMessage (string) –

          Displays error messages if validation encounters problems during validation of the resource policy.


  • SecretsManager.Client.exceptions.MalformedPolicyDocumentException

  • SecretsManager.Client.exceptions.ResourceNotFoundException

  • SecretsManager.Client.exceptions.InvalidParameterException

  • SecretsManager.Client.exceptions.InternalServiceError

  • SecretsManager.Client.exceptions.InvalidRequestException


The following example shows how to validate a resource-based policy to a secret.

response = client.validate_resource_policy(


Expected Output:

    'PolicyValidationPassed': True,
    'ValidationErrors': [
    'ResponseMetadata': {
        '...': '...',