The Cisco IOS XE router must automatically audit account enabling actions.
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 enable a new or disabled account. Notification of account enabling is one method for mitigating this risk. A comprehensive account management process will ensure an audit trail which documents the creation of application user accounts and notifies administrators and Information System Security Officers (ISSO). Such a process greatly reduces the risk that accounts will be surreptitiously created and provides logging that can be used for forensic purposes.
Enter the following commands to enable auditing: logging userinfo archive log config logging enable logging size 1000 notify syslog contenttype plaintext hidekeys
Verify that the Cisco IOS XE router automatically audits account enabling actions. The configuration should look similar to the example below: logging userinfo archive log config logging enable logging size 1000 notify syslog contenttype plaintext hidekeys If account enabling actions are not audited, this is a finding.