Editing a rule group - Amazon WAF, Amazon Firewall Manager, and Amazon Shield Advanced
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Editing a rule group

To add or remove rules from a rule group or change configuration settings, access the rule group using the procedure on this page.

Production traffic risk

If you change a rule group that you're currently using in a web ACL, those changes will affect your web ACL behavior wherever it's being used. Be sure to test and tune all changes in a staging or testing environment until you are comfortable with the potential impact to your traffic. Then test and tune your updated rules in count mode with your production traffic before enabling them. For guidance, see Testing and tuning your Amazon WAF protections.

To edit a rule group
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the Amazon WAF console at https://console.amazonaws.cn/wafv2/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Rule groups.

  3. Choose the name of the rule group that you want to edit. The console takes you to the rule group's page.

  4. Edit the rule group as needed. You can edit the rule group's mutable properties, similar to how you did during creation. The console saves your changes as you go.


    If you change the name of a rule and you want the rule's metric name to reflect the change, you must update the metric name as well. Amazon WAF doesn't automatically update the metric name for a rule when you change the rule name. You can change the metric name when you edit the rule in the console, by using the rule JSON editor. You can also change both names through the APIs and in any JSON listing that you use to define your web ACL or rule group.

Temporary inconsistencies during updates

When you create or change a web ACL or other Amazon WAF resources, the changes take a small amount of time to propagate to all areas where the resources are stored. The propagation time can be from a few seconds to a number of minutes.

The following are examples of the temporary inconsistencies that you might notice during change propagation:

  • After you create a web ACL, if you try to associate it with a resource, you might get an exception indicating that the web ACL is unavailable.

  • After you add a rule group to a web ACL, the new rule group rules might be in effect in one area where the web ACL is used and not in another.

  • After you change a rule action setting, you might see the old action in some places and the new action in others.

  • After you add an IP address to an IP set that is in use in a blocking rule, the new address might be blocked in one area while still allowed in another.