4.2 Ensure logrotate is configured


The system includes the capability of rotating log files regularly to avoid filling up the system with logs or making the logs unmanageably large.


By keeping the log files smaller and more manageable, a system administrator can easily archive these files to another system and spend less time looking through inordinately large log files.

NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


Edit /etc/logrotate.conf and /etc/logrotate.d/* to ensure logs are rotated according to site policy.
/etc is stateless on Container-Optimized OS. Therefore, /etc cannot be used to make these changes persistent across reboots. The steps mentioned above needs to be performed after every boot.

Additional Information:

If no maxage setting is set for logrotate a situation can occur where logrotate is interrupted and fails to delete rotated logfiles. It is recommended to set this to a value greater than the longest any log file should exist on your system to ensure that any such logfile is removed but standard rotation settings are not overridden.

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