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There must be no shosts.equiv files on the SUSE operating system.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-234985 SLES-15-040030 SV-234985r622137_rule High
The shosts.equiv files are used to configure host-based authentication for the system via SSH. Host-based authentication is not sufficient for preventing unauthorized access to the system, as it does not require interactive identification and authentication of a connection request, or for the use of two-factor authentication.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-07


Check Text ( C-38173r619224_chk )
Verify there are no "shosts.equiv" files on the SUSE operating system.

Check the system for the existence of these files with the following command:

> sudo find /etc -name shosts.equiv

If any "shosts.equiv" files are found on the system, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-38136r619225_fix)
Remove any "shosts.equiv" files found on the SUSE operating system.

> sudo rm /[path]/[to]/[file]/shosts.equiv