IT Best Practices Tip: nist_V-38459
The /etc/group file must be group-owned by root.
The "/etc/group" file contains information regarding groups that are configured on the system. Protection of this file is important for system security.
How to Check Correct Configuration
To check the group ownership of "/etc/group", run the command:
$ ls -l /etc/group
If properly configured, the output should indicate the following group-owner. "root"
If it does not, this is a finding.
How to Fix
To properly set the group owner of "/etc/group", run the command:
# chgrp root /etc/group