AIX7-00-001007 - If AIX is using LDAP for authentication or account information, the /etc/ldap.conf file (or equivalent) must not contain passwords - ldapsslkeypwd

Information

Passwords need to be protected at all times, and encryption is the standard method for protecting passwords. If passwords are not encrypted, they can be plainly read (i.e., clear text) and easily compromised.

Solution

To remove the clear-text password for 'bindpwd', do the following two steps:
Edit '/etc/security/ldap/ldap.cfg' to remove the 'bindpwd' line and save the change;

Re-config the LDAP client using the 'mksecldap' command:
# mksecldap -c -h <LDAP_HOST:LDAP_PORT> -A <auth_type> -D <Default_Entry> -d <BASE_DN> -a <BIND_USER> -p <BIND_PASSWORD> -k <KDB_FILE> -w <KDB_PASSWORD>

Note: Depending on which version of GSKit is installed on AIX, the GSK commands that are used to manage the Key Database (KDB) have different names. The possible GSK commands are: 'gsk8capicmd' (used below), 'gsk8capicmd_64' and 'gsk7cmd'.

To use the stashed password for SSL key database (KDB), do the following two steps:
Edit '/etc/security/ldap/ldap.cfg' to remove the 'ldapsslkeypwd' line and save the change;

Run the 'gsk8capicmd' to create a stashed password file for the SSL KDB:
# gsk8capicmd -keydb -stashpw -db <KDB_FILE> -pw <KDB_PASSWORD>

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_IBM_AIX_7-x_V2R5_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: IDENTIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION

References: 800-53|IA-5(1)(c), CAT|I, CCI|CCI-000196, Rule-ID|SV-215174r508663_rule, STIG-ID|AIX7-00-001007, STIG-Legacy|SV-101389, STIG-Legacy|V-91291, Vuln-ID|V-215174

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 6ae4a45b073ea91fbaa57af2f1fd48939de7bc52b5f559bbc315571aa0d52007