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RHEL 8 duplicate User IDs (UIDs) must not exist for interactive users.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230371 RHEL-08-020240 SV-230371r627750_rule Medium
To ensure accountability and prevent unauthenticated access, interactive users must be identified and authenticated to prevent potential misuse and compromise of the system. Interactive users include organizational employees or individuals the organization deems to have equivalent status of employees (e.g., contractors). Interactive users (and processes acting on behalf of users) must be uniquely identified and authenticated to all accesses, except for the following: 1) Accesses explicitly identified and documented by the organization. Organizations document specific user actions that can be performed on the information system without identification or authentication; and 2) Accesses that occur through authorized use of group authenticators without individual authentication. Organizations may require unique identification of individuals in group accounts (e.g., shared privilege accounts) or for detailed accountability of individual activity. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000104-GPOS-00051, SRG-OS-000121-GPOS-00062, SRG-OS-000042-GPOS-00020
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-33040r567859_chk )
Verify that RHEL 8 contains no duplicate User IDs (UIDs) for interactive users.

Check that the operating system contains no duplicate UIDs for interactive users with the following command:

$ sudo awk -F ":" 'list[$3]++{print $1, $3}' /etc/passwd

If output is produced, and the accounts listed are interactive user accounts, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33015r567860_fix)
Edit the file "/etc/passwd" and provide each interactive user account that has a duplicate User ID (UID) with a unique UID.