OSCAP command fails to evaluate on RHEL6 client machines after update of scap-security-guide if remote resource not available

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  • With the RHEL7.8 version of scap-security-guide-0.1.46-11.el7.noarch, the scan of a RHEL6 server fails with:

    oscap-ssh root@ 22 xccdf eval    --results /rhel6_test.xml --report ./report.html  /usr/share/xml/scap/ssg/content/ssg-rhel6-ds.xml
    Connecting to 'root@' on port '22'...
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.9 (Santiago)
    Kernel \r on an \m
    root@'s password: 
    Copying input file '/usr/share/xml/scap/ssg/content/ssg-rhel6-ds.xml' to remote working directory '/tmp/tmp.O6dJ5ejSnY'...
    ssg-rhel6-ds.xml                                                                                                                                                                                                100%   18MB   7.3MB/s   00:02    
    Starting the evaluation...
    WARNING: Datastream component 'scap_org.open-scap_cref_security-data-oval-com.redhat.rhsa-RHEL6.xml' points out to the remote 'https://www.redhat.com/security/data/oval/com.redhat.rhsa-RHEL6.xml.bz2'. Use '--fetch-remote-resources' option to download it.
    WARNING: Skipping 'https://www.redhat.com/security/data/oval/com.redhat.rhsa-RHEL6.xml.bz2' file which is referenced from datastream
    OpenSCAP Error: Could not extract scap_org.open-scap_cref_ssg-rhel6-xccdf-1.2.xml with all dependencies from datastream. [ds_sds_session.c:211]
    oscap exit code: 1
    Copying back requested files...
    scp: /tmp/tmp.O6dJ5ejSnY/results.xml: No such file or directory
    Failed to copy the results file back to local machine!
  • It works with --fetch-remote-resources option, but not if the resource is not downloadable (server not connected to internet for example).


  • RHEL 6 - 7
  • oscap
  • scap-security-guide version 0.1.46-11

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