1.4.1 Ensure permissions on bootloader config are configured


The grub configuration file contains information on boot settings and passwords for unlocking boot options. The grub configuration is usually located at /boot/grub/grub.conf and linked as /boot/grub/menu.lst and /etc/grub.conf .


Setting the permissions to read and write for root only prevents non-root users from seeing the boot parameters or changing them. Non-root users who read the boot parameters may be able to identify weaknesses in security upon boot and be able to exploit them.


Run the following commands to set permissions on your grub configuration:

# [ -f /boot/efi/EFI/*/grub.conf ] && chown root:root /boot/efi/EFI/*/grub.conf || chown root:root /boot/grub/grub.conf

# [ -f /boot/efi/EFI/*/grub.conf ] && chmod og-rwx /boot/efi/EFI/*/grub.conf || chmod og-rwx /boot/grub/grub.conf

Additional Information:

This recommendation is designed around the grub bootloader, if LILO or another bootloader is in use in your environment enact equivalent settings.

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