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V-777

The root account must not have world-writable directories in its executable search path.

Finding ID
GEN000960
Rule ID
SV-38452r1_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
GEN000960
CCI
CCI-000366
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

If the root search path contains a world-writable directory, malicious software could be placed in the path by intruders and/or malicious users and inadvertently run by root with all of root's privileges.

Fix Text

For each world-writable path in root's executable search path, do one of the following: 1. Remove the world-writable permission on the directory. Procedure: # chmod o-w <path> 2. Remove the world-writable directory from the executable search path. Procedure: Identify and edit the initialization file referencing the world-writable directory and remove it from the PATH variable.

Check Content

Check for world-writable permissions on all directories in the root user's executable search path. Procedure: # ls -ld `echo $PATH | sed "s/:/ /g"` If any of the directories in the PATH variable are world-writable, this is a finding.

Responsibility

System Administrator

IA Controls

ECCD-1, ECCD-2