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The RHEL 8 audit system must be configured to audit the execution of privileged functions and prevent all software from executing at higher privilege levels than users executing the software.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230386 RHEL-08-030000 SV-230386r627750_rule Medium
Description
Misuse of privileged functions, either intentionally or unintentionally by authorized users, or by unauthorized external entities that have compromised information system accounts, is a serious and ongoing concern and can have significant adverse impacts on organizations. Auditing the use of privileged functions is one way to detect such misuse and identify the risk from insider threats and the advanced persistent threat. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000326-GPOS-00126, SRG-OS-000327-GPOS-00127
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-33055r567904_chk )
Verify RHEL 8 audits the execution of privileged functions.

Check if RHEL 8 is configured to audit the execution of the "execve" system call, by running the following command:

$ sudo grep execve /etc/audit/audit.rules

-a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S execve -C uid!=euid -F euid=0 -k execpriv
-a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S execve -C uid!=euid -F euid=0 -k execpriv

-a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S execve -C gid!=egid -F egid=0 -k execpriv
-a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S execve -C gid!=egid -F egid=0 -k execpriv

If the command does not return all lines, or the lines are commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33030r567905_fix)
Configure RHEL 8 to audit the execution of the "execve" system call.

Add or update the following file system rules to "/etc/audit/rules.d/audit.rules":

-a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S execve -C uid!=euid -F euid=0 -k execpriv
-a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S execve -C uid!=euid -F euid=0 -k execpriv

-a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S execve -C gid!=egid -F egid=0 -k execpriv
-a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S execve -C gid!=egid -F egid=0 -k execpriv

The audit daemon must be restarted for the changes to take effect.