From Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide
Part of SRG-OS-000064
Associated with: CCI-000172
The changing of file permissions could indicate that a user is attempting to gain access to information that would otherwise be disallowed. Auditing DAC modifications can facilitate the identification of patterns of abuse among both authorized and unauthorized users.
To determine if the system is configured to audit calls to the "chmod" system call, run the following command: $ sudo grep -w "chmod" /etc/audit/audit.rules If the system is configured to audit this activity, it will return several lines. If the system is not configured to audit permission changes, this is a finding.
At a minimum, the audit system should collect file permission changes for all users and root. Add the following to "/etc/audit/audit.rules": -a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S chmod -F auid>=500 -F auid!=4294967295 \ -k perm_mod -a always,exit -F arch=b32 -S chmod -F auid=0 -k perm_mod If the system is 64-bit, then also add the following: -a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S chmod -F auid>=500 -F auid!=4294967295 \ -k perm_mod -a always,exit -F arch=b64 -S chmod -F auid=0 -k perm_mod
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