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RHEL 8 must authenticate the remote logging server for off-loading audit logs.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230482 RHEL-08-030720 SV-230482r627750_rule Medium
Information stored in one location is vulnerable to accidental or incidental deletion or alteration. Off-loading is a common process in information systems with limited audit storage capacity. RHEL 8 installation media provides "rsyslogd". "rsyslogd" is a system utility providing support for message logging. Support for both internet and UNIX domain sockets enables this utility to support both local and remote logging. Couple this utility with "gnutls" (which is a secure communications library implementing the SSL, TLS and DTLS protocols), and you have a method to securely encrypt and off-load auditing. "Rsyslog" supported authentication modes include: anon - anonymous authentication x509/fingerprint - certificate fingerprint authentication x509/certvalid - certificate validation only x509/name - certificate validation and subject name authentication. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000342-GPOS-00133, SRG-OS-000479-GPOS-00224
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-33151r568192_chk )
Verify the operating system authenticates the remote logging server for off-loading audit logs with the following command:

$ sudo grep -i '$ActionSendStreamDriverAuthMode' /etc/rsyslog.conf /etc/rsyslog.d/*.conf

/etc/rsyslog.conf:$ActionSendStreamDriverAuthMode x509/name

If the value of the "$ActionSendStreamDriverAuthMode" option is not set to "x509/name" or the line is commented out, ask the System Administrator to indicate how the audit logs are off-loaded to a different system or media.

If there is no evidence that the transfer of the audit logs being off-loaded to another system or media is encrypted, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33126r568193_fix)
Configure the operating system to authenticate the remote logging server for off-loading audit logs by setting the following option in "/etc/rsyslog.conf" or "/etc/rsyslog.d/[customfile].conf":

$ActionSendStreamDriverAuthMode x509/name