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The application must generate audit records when successful/unsuccessful attempts to modify security levels occur.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-222456 APSC-DV-000770 SV-222456r508029_rule Medium
A security level denotes a permissions or authorization capability within the application. This is most often associated with a user role. Attempts to modify a security level can be construed as an attempt to change the configuration of the application so as to create a new security role or modify an existing security role. Some applications may or may not provide this capability. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident, or identify those responsible for one. Audit records can be generated from various components within the information system (e.g., module or policy filter).
Application Security and Development Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-09-21


Check Text ( C-24126r493276_chk )
Review the application documentation and interview the application administrator.

Identify where the application logs are stored.

Identify application functionality that provides privilege escalation or access to additional security levels within the application.

This can be performing a function that escalates the privileges of the user, or accessing a protected area of the application that requires additional authentication in order to access.

Authenticate to the application as a regular user. Using application functionality, attempt to modify the permissions of a different security level or domain within the application.

Perform two attempts, one successfully and one unsuccessfully.

Review the log data and ensure the modify events, both successful and unsuccessful, are logged.

If the application does not generate an audit record when successful and unsuccessful attempts to modify the permissions regarding the security levels occur, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-24115r493277_fix)
Configure the application to create an audit record for both successful and unsuccessful attempts to modify security levels.