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The /etc/group file must be group-owned by root.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-217881 RHEL-06-000043 SV-217881r505923_rule Medium
The "/etc/group" file contains information regarding groups that are configured on the system. Protection of this file is important for system security.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2020-09-03


Check Text ( C-19362r376658_chk )
To check the group ownership of "/etc/group", run the command:

$ ls -l /etc/group

If properly configured, the output should indicate the following group-owner. "root"
If it does not, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-19360r376659_fix)
To properly set the group owner of "/etc/group", run the command:

# chgrp root /etc/group