PHTN-30-000054 - The Photon operating system must audit the execution of privileged functions.

Warning! Audit Deprecated

This audit has been deprecated and will be removed in a future update.

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Misuse of privileged functions, either intentionally or unintentionally by authorized users, or by unauthorized external entities that have compromised information system accounts, is a serious and ongoing concern and can have significant adverse impacts on organizations. Auditing the use of privileged functions is one way to detect such misuse and identify the risk from insider threats and the advanced persistent threat.

Satisfies: SRG-OS-000327-GPOS-00127, SRG-OS-000471-GPOS-00215


At the command line, run the following command to obtain a list of setuid files:

# find / -xdev -perm -4000 -type f -o -perm -2000 -type f | sort

Execute the following for each setuid file found in the first command that does not have a corresponding line in the audit rules:

Navigate to and open:


Add the following line:

-a always,exit -F path=<setuid_path> -F perm=x -F auid>=1000 -F auid!=4294967295 -F key=privileged

Execute the following command to load the new audit rules:

# /sbin/augenrules --load

Note: A new 'audit.STIG.rules' file is provided for placement in '/etc/audit/rules.d' that contains all rules needed for auditd.

Note: An older 'audit.STIG.rules' may exist if the file exists and references older 'GEN' SRG IDs. This file can be removed and replaced as necessary with an updated one.

See Also

Item Details

References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000172, CCI|CCI-002234, Rule-ID|SV-256526r918960_rule, STIG-ID|PHTN-30-000054, Vuln-ID|V-256526

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 5db03586605b09e0d0fe76b3a35cc741af702d9cbacfa7935596d51f164be989