6.2.12 Ensure no users have .netrc files (Scored)

Level 1 - Server
Level 1 - Workstation 

The .netrc file contains data for logging into a remote host for file transfers via FTP.

The .netrc file presents a significant security risk since it stores passwords in unencrypted form. Even if FTP is disabled, user accounts may have brought over .netrc files from other systems which could pose a risk to those systems.

Run the following script and verify no results are returned:

for dir in `cat /etc/passwd |\ awk -F: '{ print $6 }'`; do
  if [ ! -h "$dir/.netrc" -a -f "$dir/.netrc" ]; then
    echo ".netrc file $dir/.netrc exists" 

Making global modifications to users' files without alerting the user community can result in unexpected outages and unhappy users. Therefore, it is recommended that a monitoring policy be established to report user .netrc files and determine the action to be taken in accordance with site policy.

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