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The EDB Postgres Advanced Server must generate audit records for all privileged activities or other system-level access.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-213657 PPS9-00-012000 SV-213657r508024_rule Medium
Without tracking privileged activity, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. System documentation should include a definition of the functionality considered privileged. A privileged function in this context is any operation that modifies the structure of the database, its built-in logic, or its security settings. This would include all Data Definition Language (DDL) statements and all security-related statements. In an SQL environment, it encompasses, but is not necessarily limited to: CREATE ALTER DROP GRANT REVOKE There may also be Data Manipulation Language (DML) statements that, subject to context, should be regarded as privileged. Possible examples in SQL include: TRUNCATE TABLE; DELETE, or DELETE affecting more than n rows, for some n, or DELETE without a WHERE clause; UPDATE or UPDATE affecting more than n rows, for some n, or UPDATE without a WHERE clause; any SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE to an application-defined security table executed by other than a security principal. Depending on the capabilities of the DBMS and the design of the database and associated applications, audit logging may be achieved by means of DBMS auditing features, database triggers, other mechanisms, or a combination of these. Note that it is particularly important to audit, and tightly control, any action that weakens the implementation of this requirement itself, since the objective is to have a complete audit trail of all administrative activity.
EDB Postgres Advanced Server Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-13


Check Text ( C-14879r290283_chk )
Execute the following SQL as enterprisedb:

SHOW edb_audit_statement;

If the result is not "all" or if the current setting for this requirement has not been noted and approved by the organization in the system documentation, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-14877r290284_fix)
Execute the following SQL as enterprisedb:

ALTER SYSTEM SET edb_audit_statement = 'all';
SELECT pg_reload_conf();


Update the system documentation to note the organizationally approved setting and corresponding justification of the setting for this requirement.