FGFW-ND-000285 - The FortiGate device must only allow authorized administrators to view or change the device configuration, system files, and other files stored either in the device or on removable media (such as a flash drive).


This requirement is intended to address the confidentiality and integrity of system information at rest (e.g., network device rule sets) when it is located on a storage device within the network device or as a component of the network device. This protection is required to prevent unauthorized alteration, corruption, or disclosure of information when not stored directly on the network device.

Files on the network device or on removable media used by the device must have their permissions set to allow read or write access to those accounts that are specifically authorized to access or change them. Note that different administrative accounts or roles will have varying levels of access.

File permissions must be set so that only authorized administrators can read or change their contents. Whenever files are written to removable media and the media removed from the device, the media must be handled appropriately for the classification and sensitivity of the data stored on the device.

NOTE: Nessus has provided the target output to assist in reviewing the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


Log in to the FortiGate GUI with Super-Admin privilege.

1. Open a CLI console, via SSH or available from the GUI.
2. First edit the admin profile by running the following command:

# config system accprofile
# set sysgrp read-write
# next
# end
Then, assign appropriate admin profiles to the administrator account.
# config system admin
# edit {ADMIN NAME}
# set accprofile {PROFILE NAME}
# next
# end

This profile should only be assigned to administrators authorized to change system configurations.

See Also


Item Details


References: 800-53|SC-28, CAT|I, CCI|CCI-001199, Rule-ID|SV-234216r628777_rule, STIG-ID|FGFW-ND-000285, Vuln-ID|V-234216

Plugin: FortiGate

Control ID: 9721e6745be91e3025901212935a6668543ca1f326b4bc658d950016a6533239