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OL 8 must compare internal information system clocks at least every 24 hours with a server synchronized to an authoritative time source, such as the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) time servers, or a time server designated for the appropriate DoD network (NIPRNet/SIPRNet), and/or the Global Positioning System (GPS).


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-248820 OL08-00-030740 SV-248820r877038_rule Medium
Inaccurate time stamps make it more difficult to correlate events and can lead to an inaccurate analysis. Determining the correct time a particular event occurred on a system is critical when conducting forensic analysis and investigating system events. Sources outside the configured acceptable allowance (drift) may be inaccurate. Synchronizing internal information system clocks provides uniformity of time stamps for information systems with multiple system clocks and systems connected over a network. Organizations should consider endpoints that may not have regular access to the authoritative time server (e.g., mobile, teleworking, and tactical endpoints). If time stamps are not consistently applied and there is no common time reference, it is difficult to perform forensic analysis. Time stamps generated by the operating system include date and time. Time is commonly expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), a modern continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or local time with an offset from UTC. OL 8 uses the "timedatectl" command to view the status of the "systemd-timesyncd.service". The "timedatectl" status will display the local time, UTC, and the offset from UTC. Note that USNO offers authenticated NTP service to DoD and U.S. Government agencies operating on the NIPR and SIPR networks. Visit https://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/time/ntp/dod-customers for more information. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000355-GPOS-00143, SRG-OS-000356-GPOS-00144, SRG-OS-000359-GPOS-00146
Oracle Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-52254r780024_chk )
Verify OL 8 is comparing internal information system clocks at least every 24 hours with an NTP server with the following command:

$ sudo grep maxpoll /etc/chrony.conf

server [ntp.server.name] iburst maxpoll 16

If the "maxpoll" option is set to a number greater than "16" or the line is commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-52208r780025_fix)
Configure OL 8 to compare internal information system clocks at least every 24 hours with an NTP server by adding/modifying the following line in the "/etc/chrony.conf" file.

server [ntp.server.name] iburst maxpoll 16