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There must be no "shosts.equiv" files on the OL 8 operating system.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-248597 OL08-00-010460 SV-248597r779357_rule High
The "shosts.equiv" files are used to configure host-based authentication for the system via SSH. Host-based authentication is not sufficient for preventing unauthorized access to the system, as it does not require interactive identification and authentication of a connection request, or for the use of two-factor authentication.
Oracle Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-52031r779355_chk )
Verify there are no "shosts.equiv" files on OL 8 with the following command:

$ sudo find / -name shosts.equiv

If an "shosts.equiv" file is found, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-51985r779356_fix)
Remove any found "shosts.equiv" files from the system.

$ sudo rm /etc/ssh/shosts.equiv