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


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-238280 UBTU-20-010164 SV-238280r654015_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 20.04 LTS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2021-11-19


Check Text ( C-41490r654013_chk )
Verify the Ubuntu operating system generates an audit record upon successful/unsuccessful attempts to use the "newgrp" command.

Check the configured audit rules with the following commands:

$ sudo auditctl -l | grep newgrp

-a always,exit -F path=/usr/bin/newgrp -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=-1 -k priv_cmd

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

Note: 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-41449r654014_fix)
Configure the audit system to generate an audit event for any successful/unsuccessful use of the "newgrp" command.

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

-a always,exit -F path=/usr/bin/newgrp -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=4294967295 -k priv_cmd

To reload the rules file, issue the following command:

$ sudo augenrules --load