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RHEL 8 temporary user accounts must be provisioned with an expiration time of 72 hours or less.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230331 RHEL-08-020000 SV-230331r627750_rule Medium
Description
If temporary user accounts remain active when no longer needed or for an excessive period, these accounts may be used to gain unauthorized access. To mitigate this risk, automated termination of all temporary accounts must be set upon account creation. Temporary accounts are established as part of normal account activation procedures when there is a need for short-term accounts without the demand for immediacy in account activation. If temporary accounts are used, RHEL 8 must be configured to automatically terminate these types of accounts after a DoD-defined time period of 72 hours. To address access requirements, many RHEL 8 operating systems may be integrated with enterprise-level authentication/access mechanisms that meet or exceed access control policy requirements.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-33000r619865_chk )
Verify that temporary accounts have been provisioned with an expiration date of 72 hours.

For every existing temporary account, run the following command to obtain its account expiration information.

$ sudo chage -l system_account_name

Verify each of these accounts has an expiration date set within 72 hours.

If any temporary accounts have no expiration date set or do not expire within 72 hours, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-32975r567740_fix)
If a temporary account must be created configure the system to terminate the account after a 72 hour time period with the following command to set an expiration date on it. Substitute "system_account_name" with the account to be created.

$ sudo chage -E `date -d "+3 days" +%Y-%m-%d` system_account_name