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The SUSE operating system must disable the file system automounter unless required.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-234823 SLES-15-010240 SV-234823r854187_rule Medium
Automatically mounting file systems permits easy introduction of unknown devices, thereby facilitating malicious activity. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000114-GPOS-00059, SRG-OS-000378-GPOS-00163
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-07


Check Text ( C-38011r618738_chk )
Verify the SUSE operating system disables the ability to automount devices.

Check to see if automounter service is active with the following command:

> systemctl status autofs
autofs.service - Automounts filesystems on demand
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/autofs.service; disabled)
Active: inactive (dead)

If the "autofs" status is set to "active" and is not documented with the Information System Security Officer (ISSO) as an operational requirement, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-37974r618739_fix)
Configure the SUSE operating system to disable the ability to automount devices.

Turn off the automount service with the following command:

> systemctl stop autofs
> systemctl disable autofs

If "autofs" is required for Network File System (NFS), it must be documented with the ISSO.