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Database software, including DBMS configuration files, must be stored in dedicated directories, or DASD pools, separate from the host OS and other applications.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-221164 MD3X-00-000260 SV-221164r879586_rule Medium
When dealing with change control issues, it should be noted any changes to the hardware, software, and/or firmware components of the information system and/or application can potentially have significant effects on the overall security of the system. Multiple applications can provide a cumulative negative effect. A vulnerability and subsequent exploit to one application can lead to an exploit of other applications sharing the same security context. For example, an exploit to a web server process that leads to unauthorized administrative access to host system directories can most likely lead to a compromise of all applications hosted by the same system. Database software not installed using dedicated directories both threatens and is threatened by other hosted applications. Access controls defined for one application may by default provide access to the other application's database objects or directories. Any method that provides any level of separation of security context assists in the protection between applications.
MongoDB Enterprise Advanced 3.x Security Technical Implementation Guide 2024-01-24


Check Text ( C-22879r410986_chk )
Review the MongoDB software library directory and note other root directories located on the same disk directory or any subdirectories.

If any non-MongoDB software directories exist on the disk directory, examine or investigate their use. If any of the directories are used by other applications, including third-party applications that use the MongoDB this is a finding.

Only applications that are required for the functioning and administration, not use, of the MongoDB should be located in the same disk directory as the MongoDB software libraries.

If other applications are located in the same directory as the MongoDB database this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-22868r410987_fix)
Install all applications on directories separate from the MongoDB software library directory. Relocate any directories or reinstall other application software that currently shares the MongoDB software library directory.