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The Photon operating system must generate audit records for all access and modifications to the opasswd file.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-258899 PHTN-40-000238 SV-258899r933758_rule Medium
Without the capability to generate audit records, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one.
VMware vSphere 8.0 vCenter Appliance Photon OS 4.0 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-10-29


Check Text ( C-62639r933756_chk )
At the command line, run the following command to verify an audit rule exists to audit the opasswd file:

# auditctl -l | grep -E /etc/security/opasswd

Expected result:

-w /etc/security/opasswd -p wa -k opasswd

If the opasswd file is not monitored for access or writes, 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-62548r933757_fix)
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Add or update the following lines:

-w /etc/security/opasswd -p wa -k opasswd

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.