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The Photon operating system must audit all account creations.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258801 PHTN-40-000003 SV-258801r933464_rule Medium
Once an attacker establishes access to a system, the attacker often attempts to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is for the attacker to create an account. Auditing account creation actions provides logging that can be used for forensic purposes. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000004-GPOS-00004, SRG-OS-000476-GPOS-00221
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62541r933462_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify an audit rule exists to audit account creations:

# auditctl -l | grep -E "(useradd|groupadd)"

Example result:

-w /usr/sbin/useradd -p x -k useradd
-w /usr/sbin/groupadd -p x -k groupadd

If either "useradd" or "groupadd" are not listed with a permissions filter of at least "x", this is a finding.

Note: This check depends on the "auditd" service to be in a running state for accurate results. The "auditd" service is enabled in control PHTN-40-000016.
Fix Text (F-62450r933463_fix)
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Add or update the following lines:

-w /usr/sbin/useradd -p x -k useradd
-w /usr/sbin/groupadd -p x -k groupadd

At the command line, run the following command to load the new audit rules:

# /sbin/augenrules --load

Note: An "audit.STIG.rules" file is provided with this guidance for placement in "/etc/audit/rules.d" that contains all rules needed for auditd.

Note: An older "audit.STIG.rules" may exist and may reference older "GEN" SRG IDs. This file can be removed and replaced as necessary with an updated one.