7.6. Creating a Remediation Ansible Playbook to Align the System with a Specific Baseline

Use this procedure to create an Ansible playbook containing only the remediations that are needed to align your system with a specific baseline. This example uses the Protection Profile for General Purpose Operating Systems (OSPP). With this procedure, you create a smaller playbook that does not cover already satisfied requirements. By following these steps, you do not modify your system in any way, you only prepare a file for later application.


  • The scap-security-guide package is installed on your system.


  1. Scan the system and save the results:
    ~]# oscap xccdf eval --profile ospp --results ospp-results.xml /usr/share/xml/scap/ssg/content/ssg-rhel7-ds.xml
  2. Generate an Ansible playbook based on the file generated in the previous step:
    ~]# oscap xccdf generate fix --fix-type ansible --output ospp-remediations.yml ospp-results.xml
  3. The ospp-remediations.yml file contains Ansible remediations for rules that failed during the scan performed in step 1. After you review this generated file, you can apply it with the ansible-playbook ospp-remediations.yml command.


  1. In a text editor of your choice, review that the ospp-remediations.yml file contains rules that failed in the scan performed in step 1.

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