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The OL 8 SSH daemon must be configured to use system-wide crypto policies.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-248560 OL08-00-010287 SV-248560r877394_rule Medium
Without cryptographic integrity protections, information can be altered by unauthorized users without detection. Remote access (e.g., RDP) 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. Cryptographic mechanisms used for protecting the integrity of information include, for example, signed hash functions using asymmetric cryptography enabling distribution of the public key to verify the hash information while maintaining the confidentiality of the secret key used to generate the hash. OL 8 incorporates system-wide crypto policies by default. The SSH configuration file has no effect on the ciphers, MACs, or algorithms unless specifically defined in the /etc/sysconfig/sshd file. The employed algorithms can be viewed in the /etc/crypto-policies/back-ends/ directory.
Oracle Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-51994r818612_chk )
Verify that system-wide crypto policies are in effect:

$ sudo grep -i CRYPTO_POLICY /etc/sysconfig/sshd


If the "CRYPTO_POLICY" is uncommented, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-51948r818613_fix)
Configure the OL 8 SSH daemon to use system-wide crypto policies by adding the following line to /etc/sysconfig/sshd:


A reboot is required for the changes to take effect.