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The Ubuntu operating system must generate audit records for successful/unsuccessful uses of the finit_module syscall.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-219279 UBTU-18-010356 SV-219279r610963_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-21004r305165_chk )
Verify the Ubuntu operating system generates an audit record when successful/unsuccessful attempts to use the "finit_module" syscall.

Check the currently configured audit rules with the following command:

# sudo auditctl -l | grep -w finit_module

-a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S finit_module -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=-1 -k module_chng
-a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S finit_module -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=-1 -k module_chng

If the command does not return a line that matches the example or the line is commented out, this is a finding.

For 32-bit architectures, only the 32-bit specific output lines from the commands are required.
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-21003r305166_fix)
Configure the audit system to generate an audit event for any successful/unsuccessful use of the "finit_module" syscall.

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

-a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S finit_module -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=4294967295 -k module_chng
-a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S finit_module -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=4294967295 -k module_chng

Notes: For 32-bit architectures, only the 32-bit specific entries are required.
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