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PostgreSQL must disable network functions, ports, protocols, and services deemed by the organization to be nonsecure, in accord with the Ports, Protocols, and Services Management (PPSM) guidance.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-233548 CD12-00-004150 SV-233548r606869_rule Medium
Use of nonsecure network functions, ports, protocols, and services exposes the system to avoidable threats.
Crunchy Data PostgreSQL Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-13


Check Text ( C-36742r606867_chk )
As the database administrator, run the following SQL:

$ psql -c "SHOW port"

If the currently defined port configuration is deemed prohibited, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-36707r606868_fix)
Note: The following instructions use the PGDATA and PGVER environment variables. See supplementary content APPENDIX-F for instructions on configuring PGDATA and APPENDIX-H for PGVER.

To change the listening port of the database, as the database administrator, change the following setting in postgresql.conf:

$ sudo su - postgres
$ vi $PGDATA/postgresql.conf

Change the port parameter to the desired port.

Next, restart the database:

$ sudo systemctl restart postgresql-${PGVER?}

Note: psql uses the port 5432 by default. This can be changed by specifying the port with psql or by setting the PGPORT environment variable:

$ psql -p 5432 -c "SHOW port"
$ export PGPORT=5432