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RHEL 8 must encrypt all stored passwords with a FIPS 140-2 approved cryptographic hashing algorithm.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230231 RHEL-08-010110 SV-230231r627750_rule Medium
Passwords need to be protected at all times, and encryption is the standard method for protecting passwords. If passwords are not encrypted, they can be plainly read (i.e., clear text) and easily compromised. Unapproved mechanisms that are used for authentication to the cryptographic module are not verified and therefore cannot be relied upon to provide confidentiality or integrity, and DoD data may be compromised. FIPS 140-2 is the current standard for validating that mechanisms used to access cryptographic modules utilize authentication that meets DoD requirements.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-32900r567439_chk )
Verify that the shadow password suite configuration is set to encrypt password with a FIPS 140-2 approved cryptographic hashing algorithm.

Check the hashing algorithm that is being used to hash passwords with the following command:

$ sudo grep -i crypt /etc/login.defs


If "ENCRYPT_METHOD" does not equal SHA512 or greater, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-32875r567440_fix)
Configure RHEL 8 to encrypt all stored passwords.

Edit/Modify the following line in the "/etc/login.defs" file and set "[ENCRYPT_METHOD]" to SHA512.