GEN000242 - The system must use at least two time sources for clock synchronization - 'at least 2 servers are configured'


A synchronized system clock is critical for the enforcement of time-based policies and the correlation of logs and audit records with other systems. For redundancy, two time sources are required so synchronization continues to function if one source fails. If the system is completely isolated (no connections to networks or other systems), time synchronization is not required as no correlation of events or operation of time-dependent protocols between systems will be necessary. If the system is completely isolated, this requirement is not applicable. NOTE: For the Network Time Protocol (NTP), the requirement is two servers, but it is recommended to configure at least four distinct time servers which allow NTP to effectively exclude a time source not consistent with the others. The system's local clock must be excluded from the count of time sources.


If auto-starting xntpd, add (when necessary) the correct number of (at least two) external servers to the /etc/ntp.conf file. If using ntpdate, add additional NTP servers (at least two are required) to the cron job running ntpdate.

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References: 800-53|AU-8(1), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000160, Rule-ID|SV-39092r1_rule, STIG-ID|GEN000242, Vuln-ID|V-22291

Plugin: Unix

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