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RHEL 8 must disable core dumps for all users.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230313 RHEL-08-010673 SV-230313r627750_rule Medium
It is detrimental for operating systems to provide, or install by default, functionality exceeding requirements or mission objectives. These unnecessary capabilities or services are often overlooked and therefore may remain unsecured. They increase the risk to the platform by providing additional attack vectors. A core dump includes a memory image taken at the time the operating system terminates an application. The memory image could contain sensitive data and is generally useful only for developers trying to debug problems.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-32982r567685_chk )
Verify the operating system disables core dumps for all users by issuing the following command:

$ sudo grep -r -s '^[^#].*core' /etc/security/limits.conf /etc/security/limits.d/*.conf

* hard core 0

This can be set as a global domain (with the * wildcard) but may be set differently for multiple domains.

If the "core" item is missing, commented out, or the value is anything other than "0" and the need for core dumps is not documented with the Information System Security Officer (ISSO) as an operational requirement for all domains that have the "core" item assigned, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-32957r619861_fix)
Configure the operating system to disable core dumps for all users.

Add the following line to the top of the /etc/security/limits.conf or in a ".conf" file defined in /etc/security/limits.d/:

* hard core 0