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The SUSE operating system must disable the x86 Ctrl-Alt-Delete key sequence.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-234988 SLES-15-040060 SV-234988r622137_rule High
A locally logged-on user, who presses Ctrl-Alt-Delete when at the console, can reboot the system. If accidentally pressed, as could happen in the case of a mixed OS environment, this can create the risk of short-term loss of availability of systems due to unintentional reboot. In the graphical user interface environment, risk of unintentional reboot from the Ctrl-Alt-Delete sequence is reduced because the user will be prompted before any action is taken.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2022-12-07


Check Text ( C-38176r619233_chk )
Verify the SUSE operating system is not configured to reboot the system when Ctrl-Alt-Delete is pressed.

Check that the ctrl-alt-del.target is masked with the following command:

> systemctl status ctrl-alt-del.target
Loaded: masked (/dev/null; maksed)
Active: inactive (dead)

If the ctrl-alt-del.target is not masked, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-38139r619234_fix)
Configure the system to disable the Ctrl-Alt-Delete sequence for the command line with the following commands:

> sudo systemctl disable ctrl-alt-del.target

> sudo systemctl mask ctrl-alt-del.target

And reload the daemon to take effect

> sudo systemctl daemon-reload