GEN000000-LNX001432 - The /etc/gshadow file must be group-owned by root.


The /etc/gshadow file is critical to system security and must be protected from unauthorized modification. The /etc/gshadow file contains a list of system groups and hashes for group passwords.


Change the group-owner of the /etc/gshadow file to root.
# chgrp root /etc/gshadow

Supportive Information

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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 Unix.