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V-57197

The operating system must notify system administrators and ISSOs when accounts are modified.

Finding ID
SRG-OS-000275-GPOS-00105
Rule ID
SV-71457r2_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-OS-000275-GPOS-00105
CCI
CCI-001684
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Once an attacker establishes 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 modify an existing account. Notification of account modification is one method for mitigating this risk. A comprehensive account management process will ensure an audit trail which documents the modification of operating system user accounts and notifies the system administrator and ISSO of changes. Such a process greatly reduces the risk that accounts will be surreptitiously created and provides logging that can be used for forensic purposes. To address access requirements, many operating systems can be integrated with enterprise-level authentication/access/auditing mechanisms that meet or exceed access control policy requirements.

Fix Text

Configure the operating system to notify System Administrators and Information System Security Officers when accounts are modified.

Check Content

Verify the operating system notifies System Administrators and Information System Security Officers when accounts are modified. If it does not, this is a finding.