GEN000290 - The system must not have unnecessary accounts.


Accounts providing no operational purpose provide additional opportunities for system compromise. Unnecessary accounts include user accounts for individuals not requiring access to the system and application accounts for applications not installed on the system.

NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


Remove all unnecessary accounts from the /etc/passwd file before connecting a system to the network. Other accounts that are associated with a service not in use should also be removed.

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References: 800-53|AC-2j., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000012, Group-ID|V-4269, Rule-ID|SV-38176r1_rule, STIG-ID|GEN000290, Vuln-ID|V-4269

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