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Successful/unsuccessful uses of postqueue in RHEL 8 must generate an audit record.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230428 RHEL-08-030312 SV-230428r627750_rule Medium
Reconstruction of harmful events or forensic analysis is not possible if audit records do not contain enough information. At a minimum, the organization must audit the full-text recording of privileged commands. The organization must maintain audit trails in sufficient detail to reconstruct events to determine the cause and impact of compromise. The "postqueue" command implements the Postfix user interface for queue management. When a user logs on, the AUID is set to the UID of the account that is being authenticated. Daemons are not user sessions and have the loginuid set to "-1". The AUID representation is an unsigned 32-bit integer, which equals "4294967295". The audit system interprets "-1", "4294967295", and "unset" in the same way. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000062-GPOS-00031, SRG-OS-000037-GPOS-00015, SRG-OS-000042-GPOS-00020, SRG-OS-000062-GPOS-00031, SRG-OS-000392-GPOS-00172, SRG-OS-000462-GPOS-00206, SRG-OS-000471-GPOS-00215
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-33097r568030_chk )
Verify that an audit event is generated for any successful/unsuccessful use of "postqueue" by performing the following command to check the file system rules in "/etc/audit/audit.rules":

$ sudo grep -w "postqueue" /etc/audit/audit.rules

-a always,exit -F path=/usr/sbin/postqueue -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=unset -k privileged-unix-update

If the command does not return a line, or the line is commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33072r568031_fix)
Configure the audit system to generate an audit event for any successful/unsuccessful uses of the "postqueue" by adding or updating the following rule in the "/etc/audit/rules.d/audit.rules" file:

-a always,exit -F path=/usr/sbin/postqueue -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=unset -k privileged-unix-update

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