1.1.22 Disable Automounting

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autofs allows automatic mounting of devices, typically including CD/DVDs and USB drives. With automounting enabled anyone with physical access could attach a USB drive or disc and have its contents available in system even if they lacked permissions to mount it themselves.


Run the following command to disable autofs: # chkconfig autofs off Impact: The use portable hard drives is very common for workstation users. If your organization allows the use of portable storage or media on workstations and physical access controls to workstations is considered adequate there is little value add in turning off automounting.

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