Lynis Security Controls

DBS-1820 - Check empty MongoDB authorization


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


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