DoD STIGs – V-32381


Title: The DBMS must shutdown immediately in the event of an audit failure, unless an alternative audit capability exists.

Vulnerability ID: V-32381


IA Controls: None

Severity: medium

Description: It is critical, when a system is at risk of failing, to process audit logs as required, if the system were to continue processing without auditing enabled, actions can be taken on the system that cannot be tracked and recorded for later forensic analysis.

Audit processing failures include: software/hardware errors, failures in the audit capturing mechanisms, and audit storage capacity being reached or exceeded.

In many system configurations, the disk space allocated to the auditing system is separate from the disks allocated for the operating system; therefore, this may not result in a system outage. This forces the application to detect and take actions.

A failure of database auditing will result in either the database continuing to function without auditing or in a complete halt to database operations. In this case the database must cease processing immediately in order to not allow unlogged transaction to occur.

Check Text: Review DBMS settings and vendor documentation to determine whether the system will shutdown in the event of an audit failure. If the system is not configured to shut down in the event of an audit failure, this is a finding.

Fix Text: Modify DBMS settings to immediately shutdown the database in the event of an audit failure.


Interpreting V-32381:

When using SQL Audit as your auditing solution for SQL Server you can set the overall audit conditions to shut down the server on failure.

This option is located in the properties of the Audit itself, and not in the Server Audit specifications.

SQL Audit Shutdown Option[divider]

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