GEN005300 - SNMP communities, users, and passphrases must be changed from the default.


Whether active or not, default SNMP passwords, users, and passphrases must be changed to maintain security. If the service is running with the default authenticators, then anyone can gather data about the system and the network and use the information to potentially compromise the integrity of the system or network(s).


Change the default passwords. To change them, locate the file /etc/snmpd.conf or the file /etc/snmpd3.conf. Edit the file. Locate the line system-group-read-community which has a default password of public and make the password something more random (less guessable). Do the same for the lines that read system-group-write-community, read-community, write-community, trap, and trap-community. Read the information in the file carefully. The trap is defining who to send traps to, for instance, by default. It is not a password, but the name of a host.

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References: 800-53|IA-5e., CAT|I, CCI|CCI-000178, Group-ID|V-993, Rule-ID|SV-38889r1_rule, STIG-ID|GEN005300, Vuln-ID|V-993

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 9069007c36740df06fccef735f34c809bf5e483a70edf4a5f660a90a94b9091b