SLES-15-030000 - The SUSE operating system must generate audit records for all account creations, modifications, disabling, and termination events that affect /etc/passwd.


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 create a new account. Auditing of account creation mitigates this risk.

To address access requirements, many SUSE operating systems may be integrated with enterprise-level authentication/access/auditing mechanisms that meet or exceed access control policy requirements.

Satisfies: SRG-OS-000004-GPOS-00004, SRG-OS-000239-GPOS-00089, SRG-OS-000240-GPOS-00090, SRG-OS-000241-GPOS-00091, SRG-OS-000274-GPOS-00104, SRG-OS-000275-GPOS-00105, SRG-OS-000276-GPOS-00106, SRG-OS-000277-GPOS-00107, SRG-OS-000303-GPOS-00120, SRG-OS-000463-GPOS-00207, SRG-OS-000304-GPOS-00121, SRG-OS-000470-GPOS-00214, SRG-OS-000476-GPOS-00221


Configure the SUSE operating system to generate an audit record when all modifications to the '/etc/passwd' file occur.

Add or update the following rule to '/etc/audit/rules.d/audit.rules':

-w /etc/passwd -p wa -k account_mod

To reload the rules file, restart the audit daemon

> sudo systemctl restart auditd.service

or issue the following command:

> sudo augenrules --load

See Also

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References: 800-53|AC-2(4), 800-53|AU-12c., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000018, CCI|CCI-000172, CCI|CCI-001403, CCI|CCI-001683, CCI|CCI-001684, CCI|CCI-001685, CCI|CCI-001686, CCI|CCI-002130, CCI|CCI-002132, Rule-ID|SV-234899r622137_rule, STIG-ID|SLES-15-030000, Vuln-ID|V-234899

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