Remove the X Windows Package Group






By removing the xorg-x11-server-common package, the system no longer has X Windows installed. If X Windows is not installed then the system cannot boot into graphical user mode. This prevents the system from being accidentally or maliciously booted into a mode. To do so, run the following command:

$ sudo apt_get groupremove "X Window System"
$ sudo apt_get remove xorg-x11-server-common


Unnecessary service packages must not be installed to decrease the attack surface of the system. X windows has a long history of security vulnerabilities and should not be installed unless approved and documented.


Shell script

The following script can be run on the host to remediate the issue.

# CAUTION: This remediation script will remove xserver-xorg
# from the system, and may remove any packages
# that depend on xserver-xorg. Execute this
# remediation AFTER testing on a non-production
# system!

DEBIAN\_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get remove -y "xserver-xorg"

Ansible playbook

The following playbook can be run with Ansible to remediate the issue.

- name: Ensure xserver-xorg is removed
 name: xserver-xorg
 state: absent
 - NIST-800-53-CM-6(a)
 - NIST-800-53-CM-7(a)
 - NIST-800-53-CM-7(b)
 - disable\_strategy
 - low\_complexity
 - low\_disruption
 - medium\_severity
 - no\_reboot\_needed
 - package\_xorg-x11-server-common\_removed


The installation and use of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) increases your attack vector and decreases your overall security posture. Removing the package xorg-x11-server-common package will remove the graphical target which might bring your system to an inconsistent state requiring additional configuration to access the system again. If a GUI is an operational requirement, a tailored profile that removes this rule should used before continuing installation.