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The SUSE operating system must disable account identifiers (individuals, groups, roles, and devices) after 35 days of inactivity after password expiration.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-234871 SLES-15-020050 SV-234871r622137_rule Medium
Inactive identifiers pose a risk to systems and applications because attackers may exploit an inactive identifier and potentially obtain undetected access to the system. Owners of inactive accounts will not notice if unauthorized access to their user account has been obtained. The SUSE operating system needs to track periods of inactivity and disable application identifiers after 35 days of inactivity.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-07


Check Text ( C-38059r618882_chk )
Verify the SUSE operating system disables account identifiers after 35 days of inactivity after the password expiration

Check the account inactivity value by performing the following command:

> sudo grep -i '^inactive' /etc/default/useradd


If no output is produced, or if "INACTIVE" is not set to a value greater than "0" and less than or equal to "35", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-38022r618883_fix)
Configure the SUSE operating system to disable account identifiers after 35 days of inactivity after the password expiration.

Run the following command to change the configuration for "useradd" to disable the account identifier after "35" days:

> sudo useradd -D -f 35

DoD recommendation is "35" days, but a lower value greater than "0" is acceptable.