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RHEL 8 must prevent the installation of software, patches, service packs, device drivers, or operating system components from a repository without verification they have been digitally signed using a certificate that is issued by a Certificate Authority (CA) that is recognized and approved by the organization.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230264 RHEL-08-010370 SV-230264r627750_rule High
Description
Changes to any software components can have significant effects on the overall security of the operating system. This requirement ensures the software has not been tampered with and that it has been provided by a trusted vendor. Accordingly, patches, service packs, device drivers, or operating system components must be signed with a certificate recognized and approved by the organization. Verifying the authenticity of the software prior to installation validates the integrity of the patch or upgrade received from a vendor. This verifies the software has not been tampered with and that it has been provided by a trusted vendor. Self-signed certificates are disallowed by this requirement. The operating system should not have to verify the software again. This requirement does not mandate DoD certificates for this purpose; however, the certificate used to verify the software must be from an approved CA.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-32933r567538_chk )
Verify the operating system prevents the installation of patches, service packs, device drivers, or operating system components from a repository without verification that they have been digitally signed using a certificate that is recognized and approved by the organization.

Check that YUM verifies the signature of packages from a repository prior to install with the following command:

$ sudo egrep '^\[.*\]|gpgcheck' /etc/yum.repos.d/*.repo

/etc/yum.repos.d/appstream.repo:[appstream]
/etc/yum.repos.d/appstream.repo:gpgcheck=1
/etc/yum.repos.d/baseos.repo:[baseos]
/etc/yum.repos.d/baseos.repo:gpgcheck=1

If "gpgcheck" is not set to "1", or if options are missing or commented out, ask the System Administrator how the certificates for patches and other operating system components are verified.

If there is no process to validate certificates that is approved by the organization, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-32908r567539_fix)
Configure the operating system to verify the signature of packages from a repository prior to install by setting the following option in the "/etc/yum.repos.d/[your_repo_name].repo" file:

gpgcheck=1