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RHEL 8 must block unauthorized peripherals before establishing a connection.


Overview

Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-230524 RHEL-08-040140 SV-230524r744026_rule Medium
Description
Without authenticating devices, unidentified or unknown devices may be introduced, thereby facilitating malicious activity. Peripherals include, but are not limited to, such devices as flash drives, external storage, and printers. A new feature that RHEL 8 provides is the USBGuard software framework. The USBguard-daemon is the main component of the USBGuard software framework. It runs as a service in the background and enforces the USB device authorization policy for all USB devices. The policy is defined by a set of rules using a rule language described in the usbguard-rules.conf file. The policy and the authorization state of USB devices can be modified during runtime using the usbguard tool. The System Administrator (SA) must work with the site Information System Security Officer (ISSO) to determine a list of authorized peripherals and establish rules within the USBGuard software framework to allow only authorized devices.
STIG Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15

Details

Check Text ( C-33193r744024_chk )
Verify the USBGuard has a policy configured with the following command:

$ sudo usbguard list-rules

If the command does not return results or an error is returned, ask the SA to indicate how unauthorized peripherals are being blocked.

If there is no evidence that unauthorized peripherals are being blocked before establishing a connection, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-33168r744025_fix)
Configure the operating system to enable the blocking of unauthorized peripherals with the following command:
This command must be run from a root shell and will create an allow list for any usb devices currently connect to the system.

# usbguard generate-policy > /etc/usbguard/rules.conf

Note: Enabling and starting usbguard without properly configuring it for an individual system will immediately prevent any access over a usb device such as a keyboard or mouse