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The RHEL 8 SSH daemon must not allow GSSAPI authentication, except to fulfill documented and validated mission requirements.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-244528 RHEL-08-010522 SV-244528r743833_rule Medium
Configuring this setting for the SSH daemon provides additional assurance that remote logon via SSH will require a password, even in the event of misconfiguration elsewhere.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-06-15


Check Text ( C-47803r743831_chk )
Verify the SSH daemon does not allow GSSAPI authentication with the following command:

$ sudo grep -i GSSAPIAuthentication /etc/ssh/sshd_config

GSSAPIAuthentication no

If the value is returned as "yes", the returned line is commented out, no output is returned, or has not been documented with the ISSO, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-47760r743832_fix)
Configure the SSH daemon to not allow GSSAPI authentication.

Add the following line in "/etc/ssh/sshd_config", or uncomment the line and set the value to "no":

GSSAPIAuthentication no

The SSH daemon must be restarted for the changes to take effect. To restart the SSH daemon, run the following command:

$ sudo systemctl restart sshd.service