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The Ubuntu operating system must configure audit tools with a mode of 0755 or less permissive.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-219195 UBTU-18-010128 SV-219195r610963_rule Medium
Protecting audit information also includes identifying and protecting the tools used to view and manipulate log data. Therefore, protecting audit tools is necessary to prevent unauthorized operation on audit information. The Ubuntu operating system providing tools to interface with audit information will leverage user permissions and roles identifying the user accessing the tools and the corresponding rights the user enjoys in order to make access decisions regarding the access to audit tools. Audit tools include, but are not limited to, vendor-provided and open source audit tools needed to successfully view and manipulate audit information system activity and records. Audit tools include custom queries and report generators. Satisfies: SRG-OS-000256-GPOS-00097, SRG-OS-000257-GPOS-00098, SRG-OS-000258-GPOS-00099
Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-20920r304913_chk )
Verify the audit tools are protected from unauthorized access, deletion, or modification by checking the permissive mode.

For each audit tool,
/sbin/auditctl, /sbin/aureport, /sbin/ausearch, /sbin/autrace, /sbin/auditd, /sbin/audispd, /sbin/augenrules

Check the permissions by running the following command:

# stat -c "%n %a" /sbin/auditctl

755 /sbin/auditctl

If any of the audit tools have a mode more permissive than 0755, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-20919r304914_fix)
Configure the audit tools on the Ubuntu operating system to be protected from unauthorized access by setting the correct permissive mode using the following command:

# sudo chmod 0755 [audit_tool]

Replace "[audit_tool]" with the audit tool that does not have the correct permissive mode.