| Review the system documentation and interview the application administrator for details regarding application architecture, audit methods, and provided audit tools. |
Identify the application audit tools and their locations.
If the application does not provide a distinct audit tool oriented functionality that is a separate tool with an ability to view and manipulate log data, this requirement is not applicable.
Identify the methods used for implementing an audit tool functionality that is separate from the application. Typical methods are file-oriented in nature, e.g., the application includes a separate executable file or library that when invoked allows users to view and manipulate logs.
Identify the users with the rights to modify the audit tools. This capability will usually be reserved for admin staff.
Review file system permissions to ensure the application audit components such as executable files and libraries are protected by adequate file permission restrictions.
File permissions must be configured to limit access to only those users who have been identified and whose access has been approved.
If file permissions are configured so as to allow unapproved modifications to the audit tools, this is a finding.