UBTU-18-010310 - The Ubuntu operating system must ensure only authorized groups can own the audit log directory and its underlying files.


If audit information were to become compromised, then forensic analysis and discovery of the true source of potentially malicious system activity is impossible to achieve.

To ensure the veracity of audit information, the operating system must protect audit information from unauthorized deletion. This requirement can be achieved through multiple methods, which will depend upon system architecture and design.

Audit information includes all information (e.g., audit records, audit settings, audit reports) needed to successfully audit information system activity.


Configure the audit log directory to be owned by 'root' group.

First determine where the audit logs are stored with the following command:

# sudo grep -iw log_file /etc/audit/auditd.conf
log_file = /var/log/audit/audit.log

Using the path of the directory containing the audit logs, configure the audit log directory to be owned by 'root' group by using the following command:

# chown -R :root /var/log/audit

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References: 800-53|AU-9, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000164, Rule-ID|SV-219233r610963_rule, STIG-ID|UBTU-18-010310, STIG-Legacy|SV-109797, STIG-Legacy|V-100693, Vuln-ID|V-219233

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