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The Ubuntu operating system must shut down by default upon audit failure (unless availability is an overriding concern).


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-238244 UBTU-20-010118 SV-238244r653907_rule Medium
It is critical that when the operating system is at risk of failing to process audit logs as required, it takes action to mitigate the failure. Audit processing failures include: software/hardware errors; failures in the audit capturing mechanisms; and audit storage capacity being reached or exceeded. Responses to audit failure depend upon the nature of the failure mode. When availability is an overriding concern, other approved actions in response to an audit failure are as follows: 1) If the failure was caused by the lack of audit record storage capacity, the operating system must continue generating audit records if possible (automatically restarting the audit service if necessary), overwriting the oldest audit records in a first-in-first-out manner. 2) If audit records are sent to a centralized collection server and communication with this server is lost or the server fails, the operating system must queue audit records locally until communication is restored or until the audit records are retrieved manually. Upon restoration of the connection to the centralized collection server, action should be taken to synchronize the local audit data with the collection server.
Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2021-11-19


Check Text ( C-41454r653905_chk )
Verify the Ubuntu operating system takes the appropriate action when the audit storage volume is full with the following command:

$ sudo grep '^disk_full_action' /etc/audit/auditd.conf

disk_full_action = HALT

If the value of the "disk_full_action" option is not "SYSLOG", "SINGLE", or "HALT", or the line is commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-41413r653906_fix)
Configure the Ubuntu operating system to shut down by default upon audit failure (unless availability is an overriding concern).

Add or update the following line (depending on configuration, "disk_full_action" can be set to "SYSLOG", "HALT" or "SINGLE") in "/etc/audit/auditd.conf" file:

disk_full_action = HALT

Restart the "auditd" service so the changes take effect:

$ sudo systemctl restart auditd.service