STIGQter STIGQter: STIG Summary: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide Version: 1 Release: 24 Benchmark Date: 25 Oct 2019: The system must not have accounts configured with blank or null passwords.

DISA Rule

SV-50298r3_rule

Vulnerability Number

V-38497

Group Title

SRG-OS-999999

Rule Version

RHEL-06-000030

Severity

CAT I

CCI(s)

Weight

10

Fix Recommendation

If an account is configured for password authentication but does not have an assigned password, it may be possible to log onto the account without authentication. Remove any instances of the "nullok" option in "/etc/pam.d/system-auth" and "/etc/pam.d/password-auth" to prevent logons with empty passwords.

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To verify that null passwords cannot be used, run the following command:

# grep nullok /etc/pam.d/system-auth /etc/pam.d/password-auth

If this produces any output, it may be possible to log into accounts with empty passwords.
If NULL passwords can be used, this is a finding.

Vulnerability Number

V-38497

Documentable

False

Rule Version

RHEL-06-000030

Severity Override Guidance

To verify that null passwords cannot be used, run the following command:

# grep nullok /etc/pam.d/system-auth /etc/pam.d/password-auth

If this produces any output, it may be possible to log into accounts with empty passwords.
If NULL passwords can be used, this is a finding.

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M

Target Key

2367

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