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There must be no .rhosts or hosts.equiv files on the system.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-38491 RHEL-06-000019 SV-50292r1_rule High
Trust files are convenient, but when used in conjunction with the R-services, they can allow unauthenticated access to a system.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2015-05-26


Check Text ( C-46048r1_chk )
The existence of the file "/etc/hosts.equiv" or a file named ".rhosts" inside a user home directory indicates the presence of an Rsh trust relationship.
If these files exist, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-43438r1_fix)
The files "/etc/hosts.equiv" and "~/.rhosts" (in each user's home directory) list remote hosts and users that are trusted by the local system when using the rshd daemon. To remove these files, run the following command to delete them from any location.

# rm /etc/hosts.equiv

$ rm ~/.rhosts