5.3.4 Ensure users must provide password for escalation

Warning! Audit Deprecated

This audit has been deprecated and will be removed in a future update.

View Next Audit Version


The operating system must be configured so that users must provide a password for privilege escalation.


Without re-authentication, users may access resources or perform tasks for which they do not have authorization.

When operating systems provide the capability to escalate a functional capability, it is critical the user re-authenticate.


This will prevent automated processes from being able to elevate privileges. To include Ansible and AWS builds


Based on the outcome of the audit procedure, use visudo -f <PATH TO FILE> to edit the relevant sudoers file.
Remove any line with occurrences of NOPASSWD tags in the file.

See Also