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The Cisco switch must be configured to automatically audit account enabling actions.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-220597 CISC-ND-000880 SV-220597r521267_rule Medium
Once an attacker establishes initial access to a system, the attacker often attempts to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is for the attacker to enable a new or disabled account. Notification of account enabling is one method for mitigating this risk. A comprehensive account management process will ensure an audit trail that documents the creation of application user accounts and notifies administrators and Information System Security Officers (ISSOs). Such a process greatly reduces the risk that accounts will be surreptitiously created and provides logging that can be used for forensic purposes.
Cisco IOS Switch NDM Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-09


Check Text ( C-22312r507837_chk )
Review the switch configuration to determine if it automatically audits account enabling. The configuration should look similar to the example below:

log config
logging enable

Note: Configuration changes can be viewed using the show archive log config all command.

If account enabling is not automatically audited, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-22301r507838_fix)
Configure the switch to log account enabling using the following commands:

SW4(config-archive)#log config
SW4(config-archive-log-cfg)#logging enable