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V-214231

The Apache web server must have system logging enabled.

Finding ID
AS24-U1-000065
Rule ID
SV-214231r612240_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-APP-000516-WSR-000174
CCI
CCI-000366
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

The server error logs are invaluable because they can also be used to identify potential problems and enable proactive remediation. Log data can reveal anomalous behavior such as “not found” or “unauthorized” errors that may be an evidence of attack attempts. Failure to enable error logging can significantly reduce the ability of Web Administrators to detect or remediate problems. The CustomLog directive specifies the log file, syslog facility, or piped logging utility.

Fix Text

Edit the "httpd.conf" file and enter the name, path and level for the CustomLog.

Check Content

Determine the location of the "HTTPD_ROOT" directory and the "httpd.conf" file: # httpd -V | egrep -i 'httpd_root|server_config_file' -D HTTPD_ROOT="/etc/httpd" -D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="conf/httpd.conf" Search for the directive "CustomLog" in the "httpd.conf" file: # cat /<path_to_file>/httpd.conf | grep -i "CustomLog" If the "CustomLog" directive is missing, this is a finding: An example CustomLog directive would be as follows: CustomLog "logs/access_log" common or CustomLog “log/access_log” combined (May also be "Logs/access_log")