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The Photon operating system must configure auditd to log to disk.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258807 PHTN-40-000014 SV-258807r933482_rule Medium
Without establishing what type of events occurred, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events leading up to an outage or attack. Audit record content must be shipped to a central location, but it must also be logged locally.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62547r933480_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify auditd is configured to write logs to disk:

# grep '^write_logs' /etc/audit/auditd.conf

Example result:

write_logs = yes

If there is no output, this is not a finding.

If "write_logs" exists and is not configured to "yes", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-62456r933481_fix)
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Ensure the "write_logs" line is uncommented and set to the following:

write_logs = yes

At the command line, run the following command:

# pkill -SIGHUP auditd