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RHEL 8 account identifiers (individuals, groups, roles, and devices) must be disabled after 35 days of inactivity.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230373 RHEL-08-020260 SV-230373r627750_rule Medium
Description
Inactive identifiers pose a risk to systems and applications because attackers may exploit an inactive identifier and potentially obtain undetected access to the system. Owners of inactive accounts will not notice if unauthorized access to their user account has been obtained. RHEL 8 needs to track periods of inactivity and disable application identifiers after 35 days of inactivity.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-33042r567865_chk )
Verify the account identifiers (individuals, groups, roles, and devices) are disabled after 35 days of inactivity with the following command:

Check the account inactivity value by performing the following command:

$ sudo grep -i inactive /etc/default/useradd

INACTIVE=35

If "INACTIVE" is set to "-1", a value greater than "35", or is commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33017r567866_fix)
Configure RHEL 8 to disable account identifiers after 35 days of inactivity after the password expiration.

Run the following command to change the configuration for useradd:

$ sudo useradd -D -f 35

DoD recommendation is 35 days, but a lower value is acceptable. The value "-1" will disable this feature, and "0" will disable the account immediately after the password expires.