Title: The DBMS must support the requirement to automatically audit account creation.
Vulnerability ID: V-32196
IA Controls: None
Description: Once an attacker establishes initial access to a system, they often attempt to create a persistent method of re-establishing access. One way to accomplish this is for the attacker to simply create a new account.
Auditing of account creation is one method and best practice for mitigating this risk. A comprehensive account management process will ensure an audit trail documents the creation of application user accounts and, as required, notifies administrators and/or application owners exist. Such a process greatly reduces the risk that accounts will be surreptitiously created and provides logging that can be used for forensic purposes.
To address the multitude of policy based access requirements, many application developers choose to integrate their applications with enterprise level authentication/access mechanisms meeting or exceeding access control policy requirements. Such integration allows the application developer to off-load those access control functions and focus on core application features and functionality.
Examples of enterprise level authentication/access mechanisms include, but are not limited to, Active Directory and LDAP.
Check Text: Check DBMS settings, OS settings, and/or enterprise level authentication/access mechanisms settings to determine if account creation is being audited. If account creation is not being audited, this is a finding.
Fix Text: Configure DBMS, OS, and/or enterprise level authentication/access mechanisms to audit account creation activities.[divider]