GEN000000-SOL00040 - The /etc/security/audit_user file must not define a different auditing level for specific users.


The audit_user file may be used to selectively audit more, or fewer, auditing features for specific individuals. If used this way it could subject the activity to a lawsuit and could cause the loss of valuable auditing data in the case of a system compromise. If an item is audited for one individual (other than for root and administrative users - who have more auditing features) it must be audited for all.


Edit the audit_user file and remove specific user configurations differing from the global audit settings.

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This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Audit and Accountability.This control applies to the following type of system Unix.