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Successful/unsuccessful uses of the ssh-keysign in RHEL 8 must generate an audit record.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230434 RHEL-08-030320 SV-230434r744002_rule Medium
Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit records can be generated from various components within the information system (e.g., module or policy filter). The "ssh-keysign" program is an SSH helper program for host-based authentication. 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-33103r568048_chk )
Verify RHEL 8 generates an audit record when successful/unsuccessful attempts to use the "ssh-keysign" by performing the following command to check the file system rules in "/etc/audit/audit.rules":

$ sudo grep ssh-keysign /etc/audit/audit.rules

-a always,exit -F path=/usr/libexec/openssh/ssh-keysign -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=unset -k privileged-ssh

If the command does not return a line, or the line is commented out, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33078r744001_fix)
Configure the audit system to generate an audit event for any successful/unsuccessful use of the "ssh-keysign" by adding or updating the following rule in the "/etc/audit/rules.d/audit.rules" file:

-a always,exit -F path=/usr/libexec/openssh/ssh-keysign -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=unset -k privileged-ssh

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