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RHEL 8 user account passwords must have a 60-day maximum password lifetime restriction.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230366 RHEL-08-020200 SV-230366r646878_rule Medium
Description
Any password, no matter how complex, can eventually be cracked. Therefore, passwords need to be changed periodically. If RHEL 8 does not limit the lifetime of passwords and force users to change their passwords, there is the risk that RHEL 8 passwords could be compromised.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-33035r646877_chk )
Verify that RHEL 8 enforces a 60-day maximum password lifetime for new user accounts by running the following command:

$ sudo grep -i pass_max_days /etc/login.defs
PASS_MAX_DAYS 60

If the "PASS_MAX_DAYS" parameter value is greater than "60", or commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33010r567845_fix)
Configure RHEL 8 to enforce a 60-day maximum password lifetime.

Add, or modify the following line in the "/etc/login.defs" file:

PASS_MAX_DAYS 60