AWS re:Invent 2021 - Day 0: Midnight Madness

AWS re:Invent 2021 - Day 0: Midnight Madness


Konstantinos Bessas

Although re:Invent officially starts on Monday, Midnight Madness is an event taking place annually on Sunday offering a sneak peak into the week that follows.

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Two announcements were made this year during the Midnight Madness event.

AWS IoT RoboRunner for Building Robot Fleet Management Applications (Preview)

This is a public preview release of a service that will enable customers of AWS to build and deploy applications that work across a fleet of robots. This is a service that originates from Amazon’s own requirements within their fullfillement centers, a requirement that is also growing across the many companies around the world that are trying to automate the work in warehouses using a fleet of robots.

This release is very important and its target will go far beyond the typical needs of fullfillment centers. This service can be used by countless end users that are trying to automate robots and in general agents that need to work together to perform a series of tasks. With the power of AWS, this will be a more straightforward task.

Please see here for a complete article by AWS on the release as well as below for a quick introduction video of the new service by AWS.

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Amazon CodeGuru Reviewer Secrets Detector

AWS has invested a lot in specialized machine-learning-backed services to assist developers in their journey to use AWS, not only for hosting their application but also their development pipelines. Two great examples of this have been Amazon DevOps Guru and Amazon CodeGuru. It is great to see AWS increasing the functionality depth in one of these services in this release of the Secrets Detector for Amazon CodeGuru.

In the paper How Bad Can It Git? Characterizing Secret Leakage in Public GitHub Repositories published for the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium back in 2019, the authors investigate the presence of secrets in public Git repositories. Among other things, they have identified that most secrets are never removed from the default branch and many that are, can still be found in the Git history.

A very interesting presentation of the paper from the symposium can be found in the video below.

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Amazon Codereviewer Secrets Detector can alleviate this issue by helping developers detect secrets in source code or configuration files, such as passwords, API keys, SSH keys, and access tokens.

Please see here for a complete article by AWS on the release.

Excited about the what’s coming the next days? I know I am!