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RHEL 8 must disable core dump backtraces.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230315 RHEL-08-010675 SV-230315r627750_rule Medium
Description
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.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-32984r567691_chk )
Verify the operating system disables core dump backtraces by issuing the following command:

$ sudo grep -i ProcessSizeMax /etc/systemd/coredump.conf

ProcessSizeMax=0

If the "ProcessSizeMax" 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-32959r567692_fix)
Configure the operating system to disable core dump backtraces.

Add or modify the following line in /etc/systemd/coredump.conf:

ProcessSizeMax=0