Guide to the Secure Configuration of Chromium

This guide presents a catalog of security-relevant configuration settings for Chromium. It is a rendering of content structured in the eXtensible Configuration Checklist Description Format (XCCDF) in order to support security automation. The SCAP content is is available in the scap-security-guide package which is developed at https://www.open-scap.org/security-policies/scap-security-guide.

Providing system administrators with such guidance informs them how to securely configure systems under their control in a variety of network roles. Policy makers and baseline creators can use this catalog of settings, with its associated references to higher-level security control catalogs, in order to assist them in security baseline creation. This guide is a catalog, not a checklist, and satisfaction of every item is not likely to be possible or sensible in many operational scenarios. However, the XCCDF format enables granular selection and adjustment of settings, and their association with OVAL and OCIL content provides an automated checking capability. Transformations of this document, and its associated automated checking content, are capable of providing baselines that meet a diverse set of policy objectives. Some example XCCDF Profiles, which are selections of items that form checklists and can be used as baselines, are available with this guide. They can be processed, in an automated fashion, with tools that support the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). The DISA STIG for Chromium, which provides required settings for US Department of Defense systems, is one example of a baseline created from this guidance.
Do not attempt to implement any of the settings in this guide without first testing them in a non-operational environment. The creators of this guidance assume no responsibility whatsoever for its use by other parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about its quality, reliability, or any other characteristic.
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Revision History

Current version: 0.1.41

  • draft (as of 2018-10-09)

Platforms

  • cpe:/a:google:chromium-browser

Table of Contents

  1. Remediation functions used by the SCAP Security Guide Project
  2. Chromium

Checklist

Remediation functions used by the SCAP Security Guide Project   [ref]group

XCCDF form of the various remediation functions as used by remediation scripts from the SCAP Security Guide Project.

Chromium   [ref]group

Chromium is an open-source web browser, powered by WebKit (Blink), and developed by Google. Web browsers such as Chromium are used for a number of reasons. This section provides settings for configuring Chromium policies to meet compliance settings for Chromium running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. Refer to

  • https://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3
for a list of currently supported Chromium policies. Refer to
  • https://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy_templates
for pre-created Chromium JSON policy files.

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