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The /var/log/messages file must have mode 0640 or less permissive.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-89731 VRAU-SL-000845 SV-100381r1_rule Medium
Only authorized personnel should be aware of errors and the details of the errors. Error messages are an indicator of an organization's operational state or can identify the operating system or platform. Additionally, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and operational information must not be revealed through error messages to unauthorized personnel or their designated representatives. The structure and content of error messages must be carefully considered by the organization and development team. The extent to which the information system is able to identify and handle error conditions is guided by organizational policy and operational requirements.
VMware vRealize Automation 7.x SLES Security Technical Implementation Guide 2018-10-12


Check Text ( C-89423r1_chk )
Verify that the /var/log/messages file has mode 0640 or less by running the following command:

# ls -lad /var/log/messages | cut -d' ' -f1

The output must look like the following example:

ls -lad /var/log/messages | cut -d' ' -f1

If "-rw-r-----" is not returned as a result, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-96473r1_fix)
Change the permissions of the file /var/log/messages to "0640" by running the following command:

# chmod 0640 /var/log/messages