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IBM z/OS SSH daemon must be configured to use a FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic algorithm.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-223589 ACF2-SH-000050 SV-223589r533198_rule High
Without confidentiality protection mechanisms, unauthorized individuals may gain access to sensitive information via a remote access session. Remote access is access to DoD nonpublic information systems by an authorized user (or an information system) communicating through an external, non-organization-controlled network. Remote access methods include, for example, dial-up, broadband, and wireless. Encryption provides a means to secure the remote connection to prevent unauthorized access to the data traversing the remote access connection (e.g., RDP), thereby providing a degree of confidentiality. The encryption strength of a mechanism is selected based on the security categorization of the information. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000033-GPOS-00014, SRG-OS-000120-GPOS-00061
IBM z/OS ACF2 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-22


Check Text ( C-25262r504740_chk )
Locate the SSH daemon configuration file, which may be found in "/etc/ssh/" directory.


From UNIX System Services ISPF Shell navigate to ribbon select tools.

Select option 1 - Work with Processes.

If SSH Daemon is not active, this is not a finding.

Examine SSH daemon configuration file.

If there are no ciphers lines or the ciphers list contains any cipher not starting with "3des" or "aes", this is a finding.

If the MACs line is not configured to "hmac-sha1" or greater, this is a finding.

Examine the z/OS-specific sshd server system-wide configuration.

If any of the following is untrue, this is a finding.

Fix Text (F-25250r504741_fix)
Edit the SSH daemon configuration and remove any ciphers not starting with "3des" or "aes". If necessary, add a "Ciphers" line using FIPS 140-2 compliant algorithms.

Configure for message authentication to MACs "hmac-sha1" or greater.

Edit the z/OS-specific sshd server system-wide configuration file configuration as follows: