CISC-ND-000880 - The Cisco switch must be configured to automatically audit account enabling actions.

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Once an attacker establishes initial access to a system, the attacker often attempts to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is for the attacker to simply enable a new or disabled account. Notification of account enabling is one method for mitigating this risk. A comprehensive account management process will ensure an audit trail which documents the creation of application user accounts and notifies administrators and Information System Security Officers (ISSO). Such a process greatly reduces the risk that accounts will be surreptitiously created and provides logging that can be used for forensic purposes.


Configure the switch to log account enabling 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

See Also

Item Details

References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-002130, Rule-ID|SV-220494r879696_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-ND-000880, STIG-Legacy|SV-110637, STIG-Legacy|V-101533, Vuln-ID|V-220494

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