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OL 8 must be configured so that all network connections associated with SSH traffic are terminated at the end of the session or after 10 minutes of inactivity.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-248553 OL08-00-010201 SV-248553r860909_rule Medium
Terminating an idle SSH session within a short time period reduces the window of opportunity for unauthorized personnel to take control of a management session enabled on the console or console port that has been left unattended. In addition, quickly terminating an idle SSH session will also free resources committed by the managed network element. Terminating network connections associated with communications sessions includes, for example, de-allocating associated TCP/IP address/port pairs at the operating system level and deallocating networking assignments at the application level if multiple application sessions are using a single operating system-level network connection. This does not mean that the operating system terminates all sessions or network access; it only ends the inactive session and releases the resources associated with that session. OL 8 uses "/etc/ssh/sshd_config" for configurations of OpenSSH. Within the "sshd_config", the product of the values of "ClientAliveInterval" and "ClientAliveCountMax" are used to establish the inactivity threshold. The "ClientAliveInterval" is a timeout interval in seconds after which if no data has been received from the client, sshd will send a message through the encrypted channel to request a response from the client. The "ClientAliveCountMax" is the number of client alive messages that may be sent without sshd receiving any messages back from the client. If this threshold is met, sshd will disconnect the client. For more information on these settings and others, refer to the sshd_config man pages. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000126-GPOS-00066, SRG-OS-000163-GPOS-00072, SRG-OS-000279-GPOS-00109
Oracle Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-51987r858565_chk )
Verify all network connections associated with SSH traffic are automatically terminated after 10 minutes of inactivity.

Check that the "ClientAliveInterval" variable is set to a value of "600" or less by running the following command:

$ sudo grep -ir ClientAliveInterval /etc/ssh/sshd_config*

ClientAliveInterval 600

If "ClientAliveInterval" does not exist, does not have a product value of "600" or less in "/etc/ssh/sshd_config", or is commented out, this is a finding.
If conflicting results are returned, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-51941r779224_fix)
Configure OL 8 to automatically terminate all network connections associated with SSH traffic after 10 minutes of inactivity.

Modify or append the following lines in the "/etc/ssh/sshd_config" file to have a product value of "600" or less:

ClientAliveInterval 600

The SSH daemon must be restarted for changes to take effect.

$ sudo systemctl restart sshd.service