National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Information technology Laboratory (ITL)

The United States Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB) - Red Hat Content

Warning Notice

Do not attempt to implement any of the settings without first testing them in a non-operational environment. These recommendations have only been tested on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 for 32-bit x86) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 for 64-bit x86_64). These settings may be applicable to other Red Hat systems; however NIST has not tested other Red Hat based systems with these settings. Please see the National Checklist Program (NCP) website for configuration guides related to other Red Hat based systems.

The draft download packages contain recommended security settings; they are not meant to replace well-structured policy or sound judgment. Furthermore, these recommendations do not address site-specific configuration issues. Care must be taken when implementing these settings to address local operational and policy concerns.

These recommendations were developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which collaborated with DoD and Red Hat to produce the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5 USGCB candidate. Pursuant to title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code, these recommendations are not subject to copyright protection and are in the public domain. NIST assumes no responsibility whatsoever for their use by other parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about their quality, reliability, or any other characteristic. We would appreciate acknowledgement if the recommendations are used.


Bulk Download Packages

The following table provides the aggregate downloads of the USGCB content for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop.

Documentation Configuration Support SCAP Content CCE to 800-53 Mappings
  • USGCB 1.2.5.0 Settings - 2013-12-17
    sha1
    EB38ED72AE66B98C7BC4BC01E5EBDB57E767E997
    sha256
    4DCCC0D92FE77175C92F1B611589DD0440CF3504C6F4A434928EE212D39BE191
  • USGCB 1.2.5.0 Known Issues - 2013-12-17
    sha1
    DFB1D5D2A1E1F94BDF763A0C5EFFE421AFD01AA4
    sha256
    0B6EC3B46598D56DCAB3AA10C4951AD28B48830DE330D9E59A0D105E4650764F
  • USGCB 1.2.5.0 SCAP 1.1 Content
    Please refer to the RHEL 5 Desktop Content Page for the latest USGCB SCAP Content and associated hash values.
  • Please refer to the individual product content pages for the Machine-readable CCE to 800-53 Mappings.

Update History
Date Documentation Configuration Support SCAP Content CCE to 800-53 Mappings
January 17, 2014 No changes No changes 1.2.5.0 USGCB OVAL 5.8 content posted. No changes
December 17, 2013 No changes No changes 1.1.5.0 USGCB OVAL 5.8 content posted. No changes
November 08, 2011 No changes No changes 1.0.5.0 USGCB OVAL 5.8 content posted. No changes
September 30, 2011 1.0.5.0 Settings and Known Issues released 1.0.5.0 Kickstart configuration released 1.0.5.0 USGCB OVAL 5.8 content released No changes
July 26, 2011 No changes Beta-Candidate Puppet Modules updated No changes No changes
March 31, 2011 No changes Beta-Candidate Kickstart configuration released No changes No changes
March 29, 2011 Beta-Candidate Settings and Known Issues released Beta-Candidate Puppet Modules released Beta-Candidate USGCB OVAL 5.8 content released No changes
February 28, 2011 Alpha-Candidate Settings and Known Issues released Alpha-Candidate Kickstart configuration and Puppet Modules released Alpha-Candidate USGCB OVAL 5.4 content released. Future releases will use OVAL 5.8 constructs. Patch content is produced and hosted by Red Hat. No changes