PANW-NM-000015 - The Palo Alto Networks security platform must enforce the limit of three consecutive invalid logon attempts.

Details

By limiting the number of failed logon attempts, the risk of unauthorized system access via user password guessing, otherwise known as brute-forcing, is reduced.


Solution

This should not be configured in Device >> Setup >> Management >> Authentication Settings; instead, an authentication profile should be configured with lockout settings of three failed attempts and a lockout time of zero minutes.
Go to Device >> Authentication Profile
Select the configured authentication profile or select 'Add' (in the bottom-left corner of the pane) to create a new one.
In the 'Authentication Profile' field, enter the name of the authentication profile that will be used to control each person's authentication process.
The 'Lockout Time (min)' field is the lockout duration; this must be set to '0'. This will keep the lockout in effect until it is manually unlocked.
In the 'Failed Attempts' field, enter '3'.
Select 'OK'.

Apply the authentication profile to the Administrator accounts.
Go to Device >> Administrators
Select each configured account or select 'Add' (in the bottom-left corner of the pane) to create a new one.
In the 'Authentication Profile' field, enter the configured authentication profile.
Select 'OK'.

This authentication profile should not be applied to the emergency administration account since it has special requirements.
Commit changes by selecting 'Commit' in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Select 'OK' when the confirmation dialog appears.


Supportive Information

The following resource is also helpful.

This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Access Control.This control applies to the following type of system Palo_Alto.


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