UBTU-16-030270 - The Ubuntu operating system must be configured so that all network connections associated with SSH traffic are terminated at the end of the session or after 10 minutes of inactivity, except to fulfill documented and validated mission requirements - ClientAliveInterval


Automatic session termination addresses the termination of user-initiated logical sessions in contrast to the termination of network connections that are associated with communications sessions (i.e., network disconnect). A logical session (for local, network, and remote access) is initiated whenever a user (or process acting on behalf of a user) accesses an organizational information system. Such user sessions can be terminated (and thus terminate user access) without terminating network sessions.

Session termination terminates all processes associated with a user's logical session except those processes that are specifically created by the user (i.e., session owner) to continue after the session is terminated.

Conditions or trigger events requiring automatic session termination can include, for example, organization-defined periods of user inactivity, targeted responses to certain types of incidents, and time-of-day restrictions on information system use.

This capability is typically reserved for specific Ubuntu operating system functionality where the system owner, data owner, or organization requires additional assurance.


Configure the Ubuntu operating system to automatically terminate all network connections associated with SSH traffic at the end of a session or after a '10' minute period of inactivity.

Modify or append the following lines in the '/etc/ssh/sshd_config' file replacing '[Interval]' with a value of '600' or less:

ClientAliveInterval 600

In order for the changes to take effect, the SSH daemon must be restarted.

# sudo systemctl restart sshd.service

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References: 800-53|AC-12, 800-53|MA-4e., 800-53|SC-10, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000879, CCI|CCI-001133, CCI|CCI-002361, Rule-ID|SV-215129r610931_rule, STIG-ID|UBTU-16-030270, STIG-Legacy|SV-90517, STIG-Legacy|V-75837, Vuln-ID|V-215129

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