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The Ubuntu operating system must have directories that contain system commands set to a mode of 0755 or less permissive.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-219205 UBTU-18-010140 SV-219205r610963_rule Medium
If the Ubuntu operating system were to allow any user to make changes to software libraries, then those changes might be implemented without undergoing the appropriate testing and approvals that are part of a robust change management process. This requirement applies to Ubuntu operating systems with software libraries that are accessible and configurable, as in the case of interpreted languages. Software libraries also include privileged programs which execute with escalated privileges. Only qualified and authorized individuals must be allowed to obtain access to information system components for purposes of initiating changes, including upgrades and modifications.
Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-06


Check Text ( C-20930r304943_chk )
Verify the system commands directories have mode 0755 or less permissive:


Check that the system command directories have mode 0755 or less permissive with the following command:

# find -L /bin /sbin /usr/bin /usr/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/local/sbin -perm /022 -type d -exec stat -c "%n %a" '{}' \;

If any directories are found to be group-writable or world-writable, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-20929r304944_fix)
Configure the system commands directories to be protected from unauthorized access. Run the following command:

# sudo find -L /bin /sbin /usr/bin /usr/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/local/sbin -perm /022 -type d -exec chmod -R 755 '{}' \;