DB2X-00-003100 - Database software, including DBMS configuration files, must be stored in dedicated directories, separate from the host OS and other applications


When dealing with change control issues, it should be noted any changes to the hardware, software, and/or firmware components of the information system and/or application can potentially have significant effects on the overall security of the system.

Multiple applications can provide a cumulative negative effect. A vulnerability and subsequent exploit to one application can lead to an exploit of other applications sharing the same security context. For example, an exploit to a web server process that leads to unauthorized administrative access to host system directories can most likely lead to a compromise of all applications hosted by the same system. Database software not installed using dedicated directories both threatens and is threatened by other hosted applications. Access controls defined for one application may by default provide access to the other application's database objects or directories. Any method that provides any level of separation of security context assists in the protection between applications.

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


Remove the non-DB2 software from instance home directory and subdirectories.

Remove the non-DB2 software from DB2 installation directories and subdirectories.

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References: 800-53|CM-5(6), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-001499, Rule-ID|SV-213691r879586_rule, STIG-ID|DB2X-00-003100, STIG-Legacy|SV-89145, STIG-Legacy|V-74471, Vuln-ID|V-213691

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 590d9af2333bbd94af8c4494001843840c38182e28211b470fba3d33d05e5476