DBS-1820 - Check empty MongoDB authorization

(Databases)

This information is provided as part of the Lynis community project. It is related to Lynis control DBS-1820 and should be considered as-is and without guarantees. Any advice and commands should be tested before implementing them in production environments.

Description

This control is displayed when no configured authorization mechanism was found on MongoDB.

How to solve

Usually the default permissions of MongoDB are restricted to the local machine and no authorization is needed. If the related MongoDB instance contains sensitive data, it means that without any form of authentication this data can be extracted. It is even more problematic when the instance is remotely available. During the last years this resulted in ransomware that keeps data in MongoDB instances hostage. Set the authorization setting to require authentication and define the authorization level (which user can access a particular database).

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