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The Ubuntu operating system must generate audit records for privileged activities or other system-level access.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-219216 UBTU-18-010237 SV-219216r610963_rule Medium
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).
Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-20941r304976_chk )
Verify the Ubuntu operating system audits privileged activities.

Check the currently configured audit rules with the following command:

# sudo auditctl -l | grep sudo.log

-w /var/log/sudo.log -p wa -k priv_actions

If the command does not return lines that match the example or the lines are commented out, this is a finding.

Notes: The '-k' allows for specifying an arbitrary identifier and the string after it does not need to match the example output above.
Fix Text (F-20940r304977_fix)
Configure the Ubuntu operating system to audit privileged activities.

Add or update the following rules in the "/etc/audit/rules.d/stig.rules" file:

-w /var/log/sudo.log -p wa -k actions

The "root" account must be used to view/edit any files in the /etc/audit/rules.d/ directory.

In order to reload the rules file, issue the following command:

# sudo augenrules --load