1.1.1.8 Ensure mounting of FAT filesystems is disabled (Scored)

Level 1 - Server 
Level 2 - Workstation

The FAT filesystem format is primarily used on older windows systems and portable USB drives or flash modules. It comes in three types FAT12, FAT16, and FAT32 all of which are supported by the vfat kernel module.

Removing support for unneeded filesystem types reduces the local attack surface of the server. If this filesystem type is not needed, disable it.

Run the following commands and verify the output is as indicated:

# modprobe -n -v vfat 
install /bin/true 
# lsmod | grep vfat 
<No output>

Edit or create the file /etc/modprobe.d/CIS.conf and add the following line:

install vfat /bin/true

FAT filesystems are often used on portable USB sticks and other flash media are commonly used to transfer files between workstations, removing VFAT support may prevent the ability to transfer files in this way.

  • ubuntu1604/1/1/1/8.txt
  • Last modified: 2017/05/02 14:08
  • by Piotr K┼éoczewski