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Audit log files must be group-owned by root.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-218101 RHEL-06-000522 SV-218101r505923_rule Medium
If non-privileged users can write to audit logs, audit trails can be modified or destroyed.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2020-09-03


Check Text ( C-19582r377318_chk )
Run the following command to check the group owner of the system audit logs:

grep "^log_file" /etc/audit/auditd.conf|sed s/^[^\/]*//|xargs stat -c %G:%n

Audit logs must be group-owned by root.
If they are not, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-19580r377319_fix)
Change the group owner of the audit log files with the following command:

# chgrp root [audit_file]