CISC-ND-000090 - The Cisco switch must be configured to automatically audit account creation - aaa accounting default group


Upon gaining access to a network device, an attacker will often first attempt to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is to create a new account. Notification of account creation helps to mitigate this risk. Auditing account creation provides the necessary reconciliation that account management procedures are being followed. Without this audit trail, personnel without the proper authorization may gain access to critical network nodes.


Configure the switch to log account creation using the following steps:

Step 1: Configure the AAA servers as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)# radius-server host
SW1(config)# radius-server host

Step 2: Configure an AAA server group as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)# aaa group server radius RADIUS_SERVERS
SW1(config-radius)# server
SW1(config-radius)# server
SW1(config-radius)# exit

Step 3: Enable AAA accounting as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)# aaa accounting default group RADIUS_SERVERS
SW1(config)# end

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References: 800-53|AC-2(4), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000018, Rule-ID|SV-220475r604141_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-ND-000090, STIG-Legacy|SV-110597, STIG-Legacy|V-101493, Vuln-ID|V-220475

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