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How to use the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 STIG

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STIG'ing a RHEL 5 system in 10 easy steps

  1. Install RHEL 5.

-Please take note of DISA Partitioning requirements during installation.

  1. Install git. Git is used to check out a copy of the lockdown scripts from the Aqueduct source code repository. Providing the Aquaduct lockdown scripts as cryptographically signed RPMs is a future goal of the Aqueduct, but git is used in the mean time.
    [root@host ~]# yum install git
  2. Create a directory where you would like to store the Aqueduct lockdown scripts and change to that directory.
    [root@host ~]# mkdir ~/Aqueduct_STIG
    [root@host ~]# chmod 700 ~/Aqueduct_STIG
    [root@host ~]# cd ~/Aqueduct_STIG
  3. Use git to export an unrevisioned copy of the Aqueduct lockdown script tree.
    [root@host ~]# git clone ​git:// 
  4. Change directories to rhel-5 and note the two directories. These directories contain the STIG guidance broken into what can be done in an automated manner (prod) and what needs to be done manually (manual-checks). Feel free to explore the contents of both.
    [root@host ~]# cd rhel-5
    [root@host ~]# ls
    manual-checks  prod
  5. Change directories to prod and examine the file will run the GEN*.sh lockdown elements in that directory.
    [root@host ~]# cd prod
    [root@host ~]# cat
  6. Examine the GEN*.sh files. Each GEN*.sh file corresponds to a lockdown element in the STIG. Note that each script is intelligently designed to be run multiple times on the same system -- text will be substituted intelligently instead of simply appending content to the end of files. If you observe that this is not the case, you've discovered a bug that should be reported to the ​Aqueduct mailing list.
  7. When you are comfortable with the content provided, run the script which will run the GEN*.sh scripts in that directory. This will take a few minutes.
    [root@host ~]# ./
  8. 85% done! Once the automated content is complete, complete the STIG lockdown by following the manual guidance in the manual-checks directory.
  9. Provide feedback. Love it? Hate it? Have suggestions for improvement? Let the ​Aqueduct mailing list know!

Known Issues

USB devices are disabled. To enable USB devices backoff the following STIG scripts: GEN008460 and GEN008480