Windows Vista Security Technical Implementation Guide

V6R1 2014-10-19       U_Windows_Vista_V6R1-37_STIG_SCAP_1-0_Benchmark-xccdf.xml
The Windows Vista Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) is published as a tool to improve the security of Department of Defense (DoD) information systems. The requirements were developed from DoD consensus, as well as the Windows Vista Security Guide and security templates published by Microsoft Corporation. Comments or proposed revisions to this document should be sent via e-mail to the following address: [email protected]
Vuln Rule Version CCI Severity Title Description
SV-29341r1_rule 2.005 CCI-002605 HIGH Systems must be at supported service packs (SP) or releases levels. Systems at unsupported service packs or releases will not receive security updates for new vulnerabilities and leaves them subject to exploitation. Systems must be maintained at a service pack level supported by the vendor with new security updates.HKSystem AdministratorVIVM-1
SV-29590r1_rule 3.007 CCI-000366 LOW The system allows shutdown from the logon dialog box. Preventing display of the shutdown button in the logon dialog box may encourage a hard shut down with the power button. (However, displaying the shutdown button may allow individuals to shut down a system anonymously.) HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29473r1_rule 2.007 CCI-000172 MEDIUM File-auditing configuration does not meet minimum requirements. Improper modification of the core system files can render a system inoperable. Further, modifications to these system files can have a significant impact on the security configuration of the system. Auditing of significant modifications made to the system files provides a method of determining the responsible party.Automated checking sometimes reports this as a false finding. If a manual review of a questionable finding shows auditing to be set correctly, then this would not be a finding.System AdministratorECAR-1, ECAR-2, ECAR-3
SV-29477r1_rule 2.008 CCI-000213 HIGH Local volumes are not formatted using NTFS. This is a category 1 finding because the ability to set access permissions and audit critical directories and files is only available by using the NTFS file system. The capability to assign access permissions to file objects is a DOD policy requirement. The FAT file system only provides the capability to make files read-only and hidden. The capability to change these attributes is not restricted to any users. An unauthorized individual could boot the machine from a floppy disk and gain full and unrecorded access to file data. trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-28975r1_rule 3.003 CCI-000366 LOW System pagefile is cleared upon shutdown. This check verifies that Windows is not configured to wipe clean the system page file during a controlled system shutdown.System AdministratorECRC-1
SV-28976r1_rule 3.006 CCI-000366 LOW Floppy media devices are not allocated upon user logon. This check verifies that Windows is configured to not limit access to floppy drives when a user is logged on locally per the FDCC.System AdministratorECLP-1, ECSC-1
SV-29633r3_rule 3.011 CCI-000048 MEDIUM The required legal notice must be configured to display before console logon. Failure to display the logon banner prior to a logon attempt will negate legal proceedings resulting from unauthorized access to system resources.System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECWM-1
SV-28978r2_rule 3.013 CCI-000366 LOW Caching of logon credentials is not limited. The default Windows configuration caches the last logon credentials for users who log on interactively to a system. This feature is provided for system availability reasons such as the user’s machine is disconnected from the network or domain controllers are not available. Even though the credential cache is well-protected, storing encrypted copies of users passwords on systems do not always have the same physical protection required for domain controllers. If a system is attacked, the unauthorized individual may isolate the password to a domain user account using a password-cracking program, and gain access to the domain.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-28980r1_rule 3.015 CCI-000140 LOW System halts once an event log has reached its maximum size. This check verifies that the system will not halt if the audit logs become full.System AdministratorECRR-1
SV-28982r1_rule 3.018 CCI-001090 HIGH Anonymous shares are not restricted. This is a Category 1 finding because it allows anonymous logon users (null session connections) to list all account names and enumerate all shared resources, thus providing a map of potential points to attack the system.trueIn a mixed Windows environment this setting may cause systems with down-level operating systems to fail to authenticate, may prevent their users from changing their passwords, and may cause problems with managing printers and spools. System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECSC-1, PRNK-1
SV-28986r1_rule 4.002 CCI-000044 MEDIUM Number of allowed bad-logon attempts does not meet minimum requirements. The account lockout feature, when enabled, prevents brute-force password attacks on the system. The higher this value is, the less effective the account lockout feature will be in protecting the local system. The number of bad logon attempts should be reasonably small to minimize the possibility of a successful password attack, while allowing for honest errors made during a normal user logon.HKSystem AdministratorECLO-1, ECLO-2
SV-29638r1_rule 4.003 CCI-000044 MEDIUM Time before bad-logon counter is reset does not meet minimum requirements. This parameter specifies the amount of time that must pass between two successive login attempts to ensure that a lockout will occur. The smaller this value is, the less effective the account lockout feature will be in protecting the local system.HKSystem AdministratorECLO-1, ECLO-2
SV-29642r1_rule 4.004 CCI-002238 MEDIUM Lockout duration does not meet minimum requirements. This parameter specifies the amount of time that must pass before a locked-out account is automatically unlocked by the system.HKSystem AdministratorECLO-1, ECLO-2
SV-28990r1_rule 4.009 CCI-002235 HIGH Unauthorized users are granted right to Act as part of the operating system. This is a Category 1 finding because users and user groups that are assigned this right can bypass all security protective mechanisms that apply to all users, including administrators. Accounts with this right should have passwords with the maximum length and be kept in a locked container accessible only by the IAO and his designated backup. Some applications require this right to function. Any exception needs to be documented with the IAO.trueRemoving application accounts from this right may cause the applications to stop functioning.System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECLP-1
SV-18392r2_rule 4.010 CCI-000366 MEDIUM User rights and advanced user rights settings do not meet minimum requirements. Inappropriate granting of user and advanced user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high level capabilities not required by the normal user.trueArbitrarily removing application accounts from certain User Rights may cause the applications to cease functioning.System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECLP-1
SV-29646r1_rule 4.011 CCI-000199 MEDIUM Maximum password age does not meet minimum requirements. The longer a password is in use, the greater the opportunity for someone to gain unauthorized knowledge of the passwords. Further, scheduled changing of passwords hinders the ability of unauthorized system users to crack passwords and gain access to a system.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-28994r1_rule 4.012 CCI-000198 MEDIUM Minimum password age does not meet minimum requirements. Permitting passwords to be changed in immediate succession within the same day, allows users to cycle passwords through their history database. This enables users to effectively negate the purpose of mandating periodic password changes.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29651r1_rule 4.014 CCI-000200 MEDIUM Password uniqueness does not meet minimum requirements. A system is more vulnerable to unauthorized access when system users recycle the same password several times without being required to change a password to a unique password on a regularly scheduled basis. This enables users to effectively negate the purpose of mandating periodic password changes.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29656r1_rule 4.020 CCI-000804 MEDIUM The built-in guest account is not disabled. A system faces an increased vulnerability threat if the built-in guest account is not disabled. This account is a known account that exists on all Windows systems and cannot be deleted. This account is initialized during the installation of the operating system with no password assigned. This account is a member of the Everyone user group and has all the rights and permissions associated with that group, which could subsequently provide access to system resources to anonymous users.System AdministratorIAAC-1
SV-29484r1_rule 4.021 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The built-in guest account has not been renamed. A system faces an increased vulnerability threat if the built-in guest account is not renamed or disabled. The built-in guest account is a known user account on all Windows systems, and as initially installed, does not require a password. This can allow access to system resources by unauthorized users. This account is a member of the group Everyone and has all the rights and permissions associated with that group and could provide access to system resources to unauthorized users.System AdministratorIAAC-1
SV-28997r1_rule 4.022 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The built-in administrator account has not been renamed. The built-in administrator account is a well known account. Renaming the account to an unidentified name improves the protection of this account and the system.System AdministratorIAAC-1
SV-16946r1_rule 5.002 CCI-001849 MEDIUM Event log sizes do not meet minimum requirements. Inadequate log size will cause the log to fill up quickly and require frequent clearing by administrative personnel.trueMicrosoft recommends that the combined size of all the event logs (including DNS logs, Directory Services logs, and Replication logs on Servers or Domain Controllers) should not exceed 300 megabytes. Exceeding the recommended value can impact performance.System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECRR-1
SV-29000r2_rule 4.006 CCI-001133 LOW Users must be forcibly disconnected when their logon hours expire. Users must not be permitted to remain logged on to the network after they have exceeded their permitted logon hours. In many cases, this indicates that a user forgot to log off before leaving for the day. However, it may also indicate that a user is attempting unauthorized access at a time when the system may be less closely monitored. Forcibly disconnecting users when logon hours expire protects critical and sensitive network data from exposure to unauthorized personnel with physical access to the computer.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29003r1_rule 3.034 CCI-000197 MEDIUM Unencrypted password is sent to 3rd party SMB Server. Some non-Microsoft SMB servers only support unencrypted (plain text) password authentication. Sending plain text passwords across the network, when authenticating to an SMB server, reduces the overall security of the environment. Check with the Vendor of the SMB server to see if there is a way to support encrypted password authentication.HKSystem AdministratorECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-29006r2_rule 3.040 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Automatic logons must be disabled. Allowing a system to automatically log on when the machine is booted could give access to any unauthorized individual who restarts the computer. Automatic logon with administrator privileges would give full access to an unauthorized individual.If the DefaultName or DefaultDomainName in the same registry path contain an administrator account name and the DefaultPassword contains a value, this is a CAT I finding.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29512r2_rule 4.024 CCI-000366 LOW Local users must not exist on a system in a domain. To minimize potential points of attack, local users, other than built-in accounts such as Administrator and Guest accounts, must not exist on a workstation in a domain. Users must log onto workstations in a domain with their domain accounts.trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerIAAC-1
SV-29684r1_rule 3.028 CCI-000192 LOW The built-in Microsoft password filter is not enabled. The use of complex passwords increases their strength against guessing. This policy setting configures the system to verify that newly-created passwords conform to the Windows password complexity policy.System AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29009r1_rule 3.029 CCI-001812 LOW Print driver installation privilege is not restricted to administrators. By default, the print spooler allows any user to add and to delete printer drivers on the local system. This capability should be restricted to authorized personnel.trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECLP-1
SV-29012r1_rule 3.031 CCI-000366 HIGH The Send download LanMan compatible password option is not set to Send NTLMv2 response only\refuse LM. The Kerberos v5 authentication protocol is the default for authentication of users who are logging on to domain accounts. NTLM is retained in later Windows versions for compatibility with clients and servers that are running earlier versions of Windows. It is also used to authenticate logons to stand-alone computers that are running later versions.trueSetting this to the required setting may prevent authentication with older Operating Systems and break some applications.System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29015r1_rule 3.032 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Ctrl+Alt+Del security attention sequence is Disabled. Disabling the Ctrl+Alt+Del security attention sequence can compromise system security. Because only Windows responds to the Ctrl+Alt+Del security sequence, you can be assured that any passwords you enter following that sequence are sent only to Windows. If you eliminate the sequence requirement, malicious programs can request and receive your Windows password. Disabling this sequence also suppresses a custom logon banner.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29598r3_rule WINUR-000017 CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny access to this computer from the network user right on workstations must be configured to prevent access from highly privileged domain accounts and local administrator accounts on domain systems and unauthenticated access on all systems. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high level capabilities. The "Deny Access from the Network" right defines the accounts that are prevented from logging on from the network. In an Active Directory Domain, denying logons to the Enterprise Admins and Domain Admins groups on lower trust systems helps mitigate the risk of privilege escalation from credential theft attacks which could lead to the compromise of an entire domain. Local administrator accounts on domain-joined systems must also be assigned this right to decrease the risk of lateral movement resulting from credential theft attacks. The Guests group must be assigned this right to prevent unauthenticated access.System AdministratorECLP-1
SV-28467r1_rule 3.047 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Smart Card removal option is set to take no action. Determines what should happen when the smart card for a logged-on user is removed from the smart card reader. The options are: - No Action - Lock Workstation - Force LogofftrueHKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29019r1_rule 3.048 CCI-000366 LOW The Recovery Console SET command is enabled. Enabling this option enables the Recovery Console SET command, which allows you to set Recovery Console environment variables. This permits floppy copy and access to all drives and folders.HKSystem AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-29023r1_rule 3.049 CCI-002038 HIGH The Recovery Console option is set to permit automatic logon to the system. This is a Category 1 finding because if this option is set, the Recovery Console does not require you to provide a password and will automatically log on to the system, giving Administrator access to system files. By default, the Recovery Console requires you to provide the password for the Administrator account before accessing the system.HKSystem AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-29026r1_rule 3.046 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows SMB server is not enabled to perform SMB packet signing when possible. If this policy is enabled, it causes the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) server to perform SMB packet signing.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29514r1_rule 3.043 CCI-002418 MEDIUM Outgoing secure channel traffic is not encrypted when possible. Requests sent on the secure channel are authenticated, and sensitive information (such as passwords) is encrypted, but not all information is encrypted. If this policy is enabled, outgoing secure channel traffic should be encrypted.If the value for “Domain Member: Digitally encrypt or sign secure channel data (always)” is set to “Enabled”, then this would not be a finding. HKSystem AdministratorECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-29517r1_rule 3.042 CCI-002418 MEDIUM Outgoing secure channel traffic is not signed when possible. Requests sent on the secure channel are authenticated, and sensitive information (such as passwords) is encrypted, but the channel is not integrity checked. If this policy is enabled, all outgoing secure channel traffic should be signed.If the value for “Domain Member: Digitally encrypt or sign secure channel data (always)” is set to “Enabled”, then this would not be a finding.HKSystem AdministratorDCNR-1
SV-29029r1_rule 3.044 CCI-000366 LOW The computer account password is prevented from being reset. As a part of Windows security, computer account passwords are changed automatically. Enabling this policy to disable automatic password changes can make the system more vulnerable to malicious access. Frequent password changes can be a significant safeguard for your system. If this policy is disabled, a new password for the computer account will be generated every week.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29032r1_rule 3.045 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows SMB client is not enabled to perform SMB packet signing when possible. If this policy is enabled, it causes the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) client to perform SMB packet signing when communicating with an SMB server that is enabled or required to perform SMB packet signing. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29215r1_rule 3.052 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Ejection of removable NTFS media is not restricted to Administrators. Removable hard drives can be formatted and ejected by others who are not members of the Administrators Group, if they are not properly configured. Formatting and ejecting removable NTFS media should only be done by administrators.HKSystem AdministratorECLP-1
SV-29219r1_rule 3.054 CCI-000366 LOW Users are not warned in advance that their passwords will expire. This setting configures the system to display a warning to users telling them how many days are left before their password expires. By giving the user advanced warning, the user has time to construct a sufficiently strong password.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29222r1_rule 3.055 CCI-000366 LOW The default permissions of Global system objects are not increased. Windows system maintains a global list of shared system resources such as DOS device names, mutexes, and semaphores. Each type of object is created with a default DACL that specifies who can access the objects with what permissions. If this policy is enabled, the default DACL is stronger, allowing non-admin users to read shared objects, but not modify shared objects that they did not create.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29225r1_rule 4.028 CCI-001133 LOW Amount of idle time required before suspending a session is improperly set. Administrators should use this setting to control when a computer disconnects an inactive SMB session. If client activity resumes, the session is automatically reestablished. This protects critical and sensitive network data from exposure to unauthorized personnel with physical access to the computer.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29688r1_rule 3.057 CCI-000196 MEDIUM Reversible password encryption is not disabled. Storing passwords using reversible encryption is essentially the same as storing clear-text versions of the passwords. For this reason, this policy should never be enabled.System AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-6272r1_rule 3.059 CCI-001764 HIGH The system is configured to autoplay removable media. Autoplay begins reading from a drive as soon as you insert media in the drive. As a result, the setup file of programs and the music on audio media starts immediately. By default, Autoplay is disabled on removable drives, such as the floppy disk drive (but not the CD-ROM drive), and on network drives. If you enable this policy, you can also disable Autoplay on all drives.HKHKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-15089r1_rule 3.063 CCI-001090 HIGH Unauthorized named pipes are accessible with anonymous credentials. This is a Category 1 finding because the potential for gaining unauthorized system access. Pipes are internal system communications processes. They are identified internally by ID numbers that vary between systems. To make access to these processes easier, these pipes are given names that do not vary between systems. This setting controls which of these pipes anonymous users may access.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-28587r1_rule 3.064 CCI-001090 HIGH Unauthorized registry paths are remotely accessible. This is a Category 1 finding because it could give unauthorized individuals access to the Registry. It controls which registry paths are accessible from a remote computer.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-29703r1_rule 3.065 CCI-001090 HIGH Unauthorized shares can be accessed anonymously. This is a Category 1 finding because the potential for gaining unauthorized system access. Any shares listed can be accessed by any network user. This could lead to the exposure or corruption of sensitive data. Enabling this setting is very dangerous.HKSystem AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-29229r1_rule 3.068 CCI-001090 HIGH Solicited Remote Assistance is allowed. This setting controls whether or not solicited remote assistance is allowed from this computer. Solicited assistance is help that is specifically requested by the user. This is a Category 1 finding because it may allow unauthorized parties access to the resources on the computer.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29233r1_rule 4.036 CCI-000366 HIGH The use of local accounts with blank passwords is not restricted to console logons only. This is a Category 1 finding because no accounts with blank passwords should exist on a system. The password policy should prevent this from occurring. However, if a local account with a blank password does exist, enabling this setting will limit the account to local console logon only.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1
SV-29238r1_rule 5.017 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The user is allowed to launch Windows Messenger (MSN Messenger, .NET Messenger). This setting prevents the Windows Messenger client from being run. Instant Messaging clients must be in compliance of with the Instant Messaging STIG. Windows Messenger should not be active on Windows unless the instant messaging system is a Managed Enterprise Service for unclassified data for which the DAA has approved.trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECIM-1
SV-29243r1_rule 5.018 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Messenger (MSN Messenger, .NET messenger) is run at system startup. This setting prevents the automatic launch of Windows Messenger at user logon. Instant Messaging clients must be in compliance of with the Instant Messaging STIG. Windows Messenger should not be active on Windows unless the instant messaging system is a Managed Enterprise Service for unclassified data for which the DAA has approved.trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECIM-1
SV-29246r1_rule 4.043 CCI-000366 LOW The maximum age for machine account passwords is not set to requirements. This setting controls the maximum password age that a machine account may have. This setting should be set to no more than 30 days, ensuring the machine changes its password monthly.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29250r1_rule 4.044 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The system is not configured to require a strong session key. This setting controls the required strength of a session key. Setting this value in a domain containing Windows NT or older operating systems will prevent those systems from authenticating. This setting can also prevent a system from being joined to a domain.HKSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECSC-1
SV-29254r1_rule 4.045 CCI-000366 LOW Domain Controller authentication is not required to unlock the workstation. This setting controls the behavior of the system when you attempt to unlock the workstation. If this setting is enabled, the system will pass the credentials to the domain controller (if in a domain) for authentication before allowing the system to be unlocked. This will be set to disabled per the FDCC.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29258r1_rule 3.070 CCI-002038 MEDIUM The system is configured to permit storage of credentials or .NET Passports. This setting controls the storage of authentication credentials or .NET passports on the local system. Such credentials should never be stored on the local machine as that may lead to account compromise.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29263r1_rule 3.071 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is configured to give anonymous users Everyone rights. This setting helps define the permissions that anonymous users have. If this setting is enabled then anonymous users have the same rights and permissions as the built-in Everyone group. Anonymous users should not have these permissions or rights.HKSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECCD-1, ECCD-2, ECLP-1, ECSC-1
SV-29266r1_rule 3.072 CCI-001090 MEDIUM The system is not configured to use the Classic security model. Windows includes two network-sharing security models - Classic and Guest only. With the classic model, local accounts must be password protected; otherwise, anyone can use guest user accounts to access shared system resources.HKSystem AdministratorECLO-1
SV-29269r1_rule 3.073 CCI-000196 HIGH The system is configured to store the LAN Manager hash of the password in the SAM. This setting controls whether or not a LAN Manager hash of the password is stored in the SAM the next time the password is changed. The LAN Manager hash is a weak encryption algorithm and there are several tools available that use this hash to retrieve account passwords.HKSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECSC-1, IAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29528r1_rule 3.074 CCI-001133 MEDIUM The system is not configured to force users to log off when their allowed logon hours expire. This setting controls whether or not users are forced to log off when their allowed logon hours expire. If logon hours are set for users, then this should be enforced.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29272r1_rule 3.075 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is not configured to recommended LDAP client signing requirements. This setting controls the signing requirements for LDAP clients. This setting should be set to Negotiate signing or Require signing depending on the environment and type of LDAP server in use.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-15980r1_rule 3.076 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is not configured to meet the minimum requirement for session security for NTLM SSP based Clients. Microsoft has implemented a variety of security support providers for use with RPC sessions. In a homogenous Windows environment, all of the options should be enabled and testing should be performed in a heterogeneous environment to determine the maximum-security level that provides reliable functionality.trueMicrosoft warns that setting these may prevent the client from communicating with legacy servers that do not support them. “Require NTLMv2 session security” will prevent authentication, if the “Network security: LAN Manager authentication level” is set to permit NTLM or LM authentication. System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-29532r1_rule 3.077 CCI-002450 MEDIUM The system is not configured to use FIPS compliant Algorithms for Encryption, Hashing, and Signing. This setting ensures that the system uses algorithms that are FIPS compliant for encryption, hashing, and signing. FIPS compliant algorithms meet specific standards established by the U.S. Government and should be the algorithms used for all OS encryption functions.Clients with this setting enabled will not be able to communicate via digitally encrypted or signed protocols with servers that do not support these algorithms. Both the Browser and Web Server must be configured to use TLS, or the browser will not be able to connect to a secure site.HKSystem AdministratorECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-29535r1_rule 3.078 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is configured to allow case insensitivity. This setting controls the behavior of non-Windows subsystems when dealing with the case of arguments or commands. Case sensitivity could lead to the access of files or commands that should be restricted. To prevent this from happening, case insensitivity restrictions should be required.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29276r1_rule 5.027 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The system is configured to allow remote desktop sharing through NetMeeting. Remote desktop sharing enables several users to interact and control one desktop. This could allow unauthorized users to control the system. Remote desktop sharing should be disabled.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29277r2_rule 5.042 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Terminal Services is not configured to always prompt a client for passwords upon connection. This setting controls the ability of users to supply passwords automatically as part of their Remote Desktop Connection. Disabling this setting would allow anyone to use the stored credentials in a connection item to connect to the terminal server.HKSystem AdministratorIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-29280r2_rule 5.043 CCI-000068 MEDIUM Terminal Services is not configured with the client connection encryption set to the required level. Remote connections must be encrypted to prevent interception of data or sensitive information. Selecting “High Level” will ensure encryption of Terminal Services sessions in both directions.HKSystem AdministratorECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-16954r1_rule 5.044 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Terminal Services is configured to use a common temporary folder for all sessions. This setting, which is located under the Temporary Folders section of the Terminal Services configuration option, controls the use of per session temporary folders or of a communal temporary folder. If this setting is enabled, only one temporary folder is used for all terminal services sessions. If a communal temporary folder is used, it might be possible for users to access other users temporary folders.HKSystem AdministratorECRC-1
SV-16955r1_rule 5.045 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Terminal Services is not configured to delete temporary folders. This setting, which is located under the Temporary Folders section of the Terminal Services configuration option, controls the deletion of the temporary folders when the session is terminated. Temporary folders should always be deleted after a session is over to prevent hard disk clutter and potential leakage of information.HKSystem AdministratorECRC-1
SV-16613r1_rule 5.046 CCI-001133 MEDIUM Terminal Services is not configured to set a time limit for disconnected sessions. This setting controls how long a session will remain open if it is unexpectedly terminated. Such sessions should be terminated as soon as possible.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16614r1_rule 5.047 CCI-001133 MEDIUM Terminal Services idle session time limit does not meet the requirement. This setting controls how long a session may be idle before it is automatically disconnected from the server. Users should disconnect if they plan on being away from their terminals for extended periods of time. Idle sessions should be disconnected after 15 minutes.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29282r1_rule 3.082 CCI-001090 MEDIUM The system is configured to allow unsolicited remote assistance offers. This setting controls whether unsolicited offers of help to this computer are allowed. The list of users allowed to offer remote assistance to this system is accessed by pressing the Helpers button.trueRemote Assist - Offer v2HKThis is a documentable finding on workstations with the following mitigations. -Users must be trained to include the following: -Who they can accept assistance offer from. Offer must be in response to help desk request or confirmed with help desk if unsolicited offer comes through. -Users must know how to accept request, allow view or control, and how to disconnect a remote assistance session. -Users needs monitor the assistance activity at the workstation while it is occurring. -The support personnel allowed to offer assistance (helpers) must be limited and documented. -Port 3389 should be blocked at the perimeter to prevent other access. Accounts and groups authorized to offer remote assistance (helpers) are identified in the following registry key. Registry Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Subkey: \Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\ RAUnsolicit\ Each Account or group will be listed under a separate value name with the value equaling the value name as in the following examples. Value Name: Administrators Type: REG_SZ Value: Administrators Value Name: TestUser Type: REG_SZ Value: TestUser System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29285r1_rule 3.083 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is configured to automatically forward error information. This setting controls the reporting of errors to Microsoft and, if defined, a corporate error reporting site. This does not interfere with the reporting of errors to the local user. Since the contents of memory are included in this Error Report, sensitive information may be transmitted to Microsoft. This feature should be disabled to prevent the release of such information.trueHKSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECSC-1
SV-29717r1_rule 3.088 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is not configured to use Safe DLL Search Mode. The default search behavior, when an application calls a function in a Dynamic Link Library (DLL), is to search the current directory followed by the directories contained in the systems path environment variable. An unauthorized DLL inserted into an applications working directory could allow malicious code to be run on the system. Creating the following registry key and setting the appropriate value forces the system to search the %Systemroot% for the DLL before searching the current directory or the rest of the path.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-40096r2_rule 5.060 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Media Player must be configured to prevent automatic checking for updates. Uncontrolled system updates can introduce issues to a system. The automatic check for updates performed by Windows Media Player must be disabled to ensure a constant platform and to prevent the introduction of unknown\untested software on the system.HKSystem AdministratorDCSL-1
SV-15981r1_rule 3.089 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system is not configured to meet the minimum requirement for session security for NTLM SSP based Servers. Microsoft has implemented a variety of security support providers for use with RPC sessions. In a homogenous Windows environment, all of the options should be enabled and testing should be performed in a heterogeneous environment to determine the maximum-security level that provides reliable functionality.trueMicrosoft warns that setting these may prevent the server from communicating with legacy clients that do not support them. “Require NTLMv2 session security” will prevent authentication, if the “Network security: LAN Manager authentication level” is set to permit NTLM or LM authentication. System AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-29729r1_rule 3.092 CCI-001855 LOW The system does not generate an audit event when the audit log reaches a percent full threshold. When the audit log reaches a given percent full, an audit event is written to the security log. The event ID is 523 and is recorded as a success audit under the category of System. This option may be especially useful if the audit logs are set to be cleared manually. A recommended setting would be 90 percent.trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECRR-1
SV-29360r1_rule 3.094 CCI-000366 LOW The system is configured to allow IP source routing. Protects against IP source routing spoofing.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29363r1_rule 3.095 CCI-000366 LOW The system is configured to redirect ICMP. When disabled, forces ICMP to be routed via shortest path first.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29366r1_rule 3.104 CCI-002385 LOW The system is configured to detect and configure default gateway addresses. Enables or disables the Internet Router Discovery Protocol (IRDP) used to detect and configure Default Gateway addresses on the computer.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29609r1_rule 3.097 CCI-002385 LOW The system is configured for a greater keep-alive time than recommended. Controls how often TCP sends a keep-alive packet in attempting to verify that an idle connection is still intact.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29369r1_rule 3.101 CCI-002385 LOW The system is configured to allow name-release attacks. Prevents a denial-of-service (DoS) attack against a WINS server. The DoS consists of sending a NetBIOS Name Release Request to the server for each entry in the servers cache, causing a response delay in the normal operation of the servers WINS resolution capability.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29372r1_rule 5.098 CCI-002385 LOW TCP data retransmissions are not controlled. In a SYN flood attack, the attacker sends a continuous stream of SYN packets to a server, and the server leaves the half-open connections open until it is overwhelmed and no longer is able to respond to legitimate requests. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29375r1_rule 5.102 CCI-000366 LOW This check verifies that Windows is configured to have password protection take effect within a limited time frame when the screen saver becomes active. Allowing more than several seconds makes the computer vulnerable to a potential attack from someone walking up to the console to attempt to log onto the system before the lock takes effect.An issue was identified where the Security Options files and analysis templates included the registry value for this setting as a Dword type however it should have been a String value. This has been reported to Microsoft and the Security Options files and analysis templates included with the checklists have been corrected as of the December 2008 release.HKSystem AdministratorPESL-1
SV-29731r1_rule 3.108 CCI-001090 HIGH Unauthorized registry paths and sub-paths are remotely accessible. The registry is a database for computer configuration information, much of which is sensitive. An attacker could use this to facilitate unauthorized activities. To reduce the risk of this happening, it is also lowered by the fact that the default ACLs assigned throughout the registry are fairly restrictive and they help to protect it from access by unauthorized users. System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-29378r1_rule 3.112 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Group Policy objects are not reprocessed if they have not changed. Enabling this setting and then selecting the "Process even if the Group Policy objects have not changed" option ensures that the policies will be reprocessed even if none have been changed. This way, any unauthorized changes are forced to match the domain-based group policy settings again. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29543r1_rule 5.108 CCI-000366 MEDIUM A Windows system has a writable DCOM configuration. A registry key for a valid DCOM object has access permissions that could allow non-administrator users to change the security settings if inadvertently set to a low level of security. An attacker could possibly execute code under the context of the console or some other user. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29381r1_rule 3.113 CCI-002418 MEDIUM Outgoing secure channel traffic is not encrypted or signed. Requests sent on the secure channel are authenticated, and sensitive information (such as passwords) is encrypted, but not all information is encrypted. If this policy is enabled, outgoing secure channel traffic will be encrypted and signed.HKSystem AdministratorECCT-1, ECCT-2
SV-29384r1_rule 3.114 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows Server SMB client is not enabled to always perform SMB packet signing. If this policy is enabled, it causes the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) client to perform SMB packet signing when communicating with an SMB server that is enabled or required to perform SMB packet signing.If the environment is a mixed one, with down-level OSs, or maintains trusts with down-level OSs, then this to the required setting could cause compatibility problems. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29391r1_rule 3.115 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows Server SMB server is not enabled to always perform SMB packet signing. If this policy is enabled, it causes the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) server to always perform SMB packet signing.If the environment is a mixed one, with down-level OSs, or maintains trusts with down-level OSs, then configuring this to the required setting could cause compatibility problems. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29544r1_rule 3.116 CCI-001090 HIGH Named Pipes and Shares can be accessed anonymously. This is a Category 1 finding because of the potential for gaining unauthorized system access. Pipes are internal system communications processes. They are identified internally by ID numbers that vary between systems. To make access to these processes easier, these pipes are given names that do not vary between systems. When this setting is disabled, Network shares can be accessed by any network user. This could lead to the exposure or corruption of sensitive data.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29388r2_rule 4.013 CCI-000205 MEDIUM For systems utilizing a logon ID as the individual identifier, passwords must be a minimum of 14 characters in length. Information systems not protected with strong password schemes including passwords of minimum length provide the opportunity for anyone to crack the password thus gaining access to the system and causing the device, information, or the local network to be compromised or a denial of service. Strong passwords may invite users to write down the passwords. Ensure that all users store passwords in a secured location.HKSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerIAIA-1, IAIA-2
SV-16966r2_rule 4.008 CCI-000172 MEDIUM Auditing must be configured as required. Maintaining an audit trail of system activity logs can help identify configuration errors, troubleshoot service disruptions, and analyze compromises that have occurred, as well as detect attacks. Audit logs are necessary to provide a trail of evidence in case the system or network is compromised. Collecting this data is essential for analyzing the security of information assets and detecting signs of suspicious and unexpected behavior.HKHKSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECAR-2, ECAR-3
SV-29399r1_rule 3.119 CCI-000366 LOW The system is configured to allow the display of the last user name on the logon screen. The user name of the last user to log onto a system will not be displayed. This eliminates half of the Userid/Password equation that an unauthorized person would need to log on.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29401r2_rule 3.123 CCI-001095 MEDIUM Auditing Access of Global System Objects must be turned off. This setting prevents the system from setting up a default system access control list for certain system objects, which could create a very large number of security events, filling the security log in Windows and making it difficult to identify actual issues.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29403r1_rule 3.124 CCI-001095 MEDIUM Audit of Backup and Restore Privileges is not turned off. This policy setting stops the system from generating audit events for every file backed up or restored which could fill the Security log in Windows. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-14841r1_rule 3.125 CCI-000169 MEDIUM Audit policy using subcategories is enabled. This policy setting allows administrators to enable the more precise auditing capabilities present in Windows Vista and later.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-14842r1_rule 3.126 CCI-000366 LOW Hide Computer from the browse list. This check verifies Windows Vista is configured to hide the computer from the browse list.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-14843r1_rule 3.127 CCI-000366 LOW IPSec Exemptions are limited. This check verifies that Windows is configured to limit IPSec exemptions.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-14845r1_rule 3.129 CCI-002038 MEDIUM User Account Control - Built In Admin Approval Mode This check verifies whether the built-in Administrator account runs in Admin Approval Mode.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-17457r1_rule 3.130 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control - Behavior of elevation prompt for administrators This check verifies whether logged on administrator is prompted for consent when he attempts to complete a task that requires raised privileges.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14847r1_rule 3.131 CCI-002038 MEDIUM User Account Control - Behavior of elevation prompt for standard users. This check verifies whether the logged on user is prompted for credentials when attempting to complete a task that requires raised privileges.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14848r1_rule 3.132 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control - Detect Application Installations This check verifies whether Windows responds to application installation requests by prompting for credentials.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14850r1_rule 3.134 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control - Elevate UIAccess applications that are in secure locations This check verifies whether Windows only allows applications installed in a secure location, such as the Program Files or the Windows\System32 folders, on the file system to run with elevated privileges.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14851r1_rule 3.137 CCI-002038 MEDIUM User Account Control - Run all admins in Admin Approval Mode This check verifies that UAC has not been disabled.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14852r1_rule 3.135 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control - Switch to secure desktop This check verifies that the elevation prompt is only used in secure desktop mode.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14853r1_rule 3.136 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control - Non UAC Compliant Application Virtualization This check verifies that non UAC compliant applications will run in virtualized file and registry entries allowing them to run.System AdministratorECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-14854r1_rule 5.132 CCI-001084 MEDIUM Require username and password to elevate a running application. This check verifies that the system is configured to always require users to type in a user name and password to elevate a running application.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29405r1_rule 5.116 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Service - Prevent password saving in the Remote Desktop Client This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent Users from saving passwords in the Remote Desktop Client.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-14859r2_rule 5.117 CCI-002314 MEDIUM Users must be prevented from connecting using Terminal Services. Allowing a Terminal Services session to a workstation enables another avenue of access that could be exploited. The system must be configured to prevent users from connecting to a computer using Terminal Services.trueECSC-1
SV-14860r1_rule 5.118 CCI-001090 MEDIUM Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services - Local drives prevented from sharing with Terminal Servers. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent users from sharing the local drives on their client computers to Terminal Servers that they access.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29408r1_rule 5.123 CCI-001967 MEDIUM Restrict unauthenticated RPC clients. This check verifies that the system is configured to restrict unauthenticated RPC clients from connecting to the RPC server.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29410r1_rule 5.124 CCI-001967 MEDIUM Client computers required to authenticate for RPC communication. This check verifies that the system is configured to force client computers to provide authentication before an RPC communication is established.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29412r1_rule 5.125 CCI-000381 MEDIUM File and Folder Publish to Web option unavailable. This check verifies that the system is configured to make the options to publish to the web unavailable from File and Folder Tasks in Windows folders.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29415r1_rule 5.126 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Web Publishing and online ordering wizards prevented from downloading list of providers. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent Windows from downloading a list of providers for the Web publishing and online ordering wizards.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29417r1_rule 5.127 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Messenger prevented from collecting anonymous information. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent Windows Messenger from collecting anonymous information about how the Windows Messenger software and service is used.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29419r1_rule 5.128 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Search Companion prevented from automatically downloading content updates. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent Search Companion from automatically downloading content updates during local and Internet searches.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29421r1_rule 5.129 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Prevent printing over HTTP. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent the client computer’s ability to print over HTTP, which allows the computer to print to printers on the intranet as well as the Internet.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29423r1_rule 5.130 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Computer prevented from downloading print driver packages over HTTP. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent the computer from downloading print driver packages over HTTP.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29425r1_rule 5.131 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Windows is prevented from using Windows Update to search for drivers. This check verifies that the system is configured to prevent Windows from searching Windows Update for device drivers when no local drivers for a device are present.HKSystem AdministratorDCSL-1
SV-14873r2_rule 5.050 CCI-000366 MEDIUM IPv6 must be disabled until a deliberate transition strategy has been implemented. Use of IPv6 transition technologies must be disabled. Any nodes’ interface with IPv6 enabled by default presents a potential risk of traffic being transmitted or received without proper risk mitigation strategy and is therefore, a serious security concern.trueSystem AdministratorInformation Assurance OfficerECSC-1
SV-29427r1_rule 5.202 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Peer to Peer Networking This check verifies Microsoft Peer-to-Peer Networking Service is turned off.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29429r1_rule 5.203 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Prohibit Network Bridge in Windows This check verifies the Network Bridge can not be installed and configured. System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29433r1_rule 5.213 CCI-000185 LOW Root Certificates Update This check verifies that Root Certificates will not be updated automatically from the Microsoft site.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29435r1_rule 5.214 CCI-000381 LOW Event Viewer Events.asp Links This check verifies that Events.asp hyperlinks in Event Viewer are available.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29436r1_rule 5.216 CCI-000381 LOW Internet Connection Wizard ISP Downloads This check verifies that the Internet Connection Wizard cannot download a list of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from Microsoft.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29438r1_rule 5.217 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Disable Internet File Association Service This check verifies that unhandled file associations will not use the Microsoft Web service to find an application.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29440r1_rule 5.218 CCI-000381 LOW Windows Registration Wizard This check verifies that the Windows Registration Wizard is blocked from online registration.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29613r1_rule 5.219 CCI-000381 LOW Order Prints Online This check verifies that the “Order Prints Online” task is not available in Windows Explorer.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29442r1_rule 5.220 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Movie Maker Codec Downloads This check verifies that the codecs will not be automatically downloaded for Windows Movie Maker.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29444r1_rule 5.221 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Movie Maker Web Links This check verifies that the links to web sites in Windows Movie Maker will not be available.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29446r1_rule 5.222 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Movie Maker Online Hosting This check verifies that movies can not be sent to a video hosting provider on the web.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29448r1_rule 5.223 CCI-000366 LOW Classic Logon This check verifies that users will always use the classic logon screen. System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29450r1_rule 5.231 CCI-000366 MEDIUM RSS Attachment Downloads This check verifies that attachments are prevented from being downloaded from RSS feeds.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29452r1_rule 5.240 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Windows Explorer – Shell Protocol Protected Mode This check verifies that the shell protocol is run in protected mode. (This allows applications to only open limited folders.)HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29454r1_rule 5.241 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Windows Installer – IE Security Prompt This check verifies that users are notified if a web-based program attempts to install software. HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29456r1_rule 5.242 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Windows Installer – User Control This check verifies that users are prevented from changing installation options.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29458r1_rule 5.243 CCI-001812 LOW Windows Installer – Vendor Signed Updates This check verifies that users are prevented applying vendor signed updates.HKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29460r1_rule 5.248 CCI-000366 LOW Media Player – First Use Dialog Boxes This check verifies that users are not presented with Privacy and Installation options on first use of Windows Media Player.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16635r1_rule 5.200 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Network – Mapper I/O Driver This check verifies that the Mapper I/O network protocol driver is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16636r1_rule 5.201 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Network – Responder Driver This check verifies that the Responder network protocol driver is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16637r1_rule 5.206 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Network – Windows Connect Now Wireless Configuration This check verifies that the configuration of wireless devices using Windows Connect Now is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16638r1_rule 5.207 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Network – Windows Connect Now Wizards This check verifies that access to the Windows Connect Now wizards is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16639r1_rule 5.208 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Device Install – PnP Interface Remote Access This check verifies that remote access to the Plug and Play interface is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16640r1_rule 5.209 CCI-000366 LOW Device Install – Drivers System Restore Point This check verifies that a system restore point will be created when a new device driver is installed.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16641r1_rule 5.210 CCI-000381 LOW Device Install – Generic Driver Error Report This check verifies that an Error Report will not be sent when a generic device driver is installed.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16642r1_rule 5.211 CCI-001812 LOW Driver Install – Device Driver Search Prompt This check verifies that users will not be prompted to search Windows Updated for device drivers.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16643r1_rule 5.215 CCI-000381 LOW Handwriting Recognition Error Reporting (Tablet PCs) This check verifies that errors in handwriting recognition on Tablet PCs are not reported to Microsoft.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16644r1_rule 5.224 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Power Mgmt – Password Wake on Battery This check verifies that the user is prompted for a password on resume from sleep (on battery).System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16645r1_rule 5.225 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Power Mgmt – Password Wake When Plugged In This check verifies that the user is prompted for a password on resume from sleep (Plugged In).System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16646r1_rule 5.226 CCI-000366 LOW Remote Assistance – Session Logging This check verifies that Remote Assistance log files will be generated.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16647r2_rule 5.227 CCI-000381 LOW Digital Locker This check verifies that Digital Locker, a dedicated download manager can not run.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16648r1_rule 5.228 CCI-000366 LOW Game Explorer Information Downloads This check verifies that game information is not downloaded from Windows Metadata Services.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16649r2_rule 5.230 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Online Assistance – Untrusted Content This check verifies that untrusted content is not rendered for online assistance.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16650r1_rule 5.232 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Search – Encrypted Files Indexing This check verifies that encrypted files are not indexed.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16651r1_rule 5.233 CCI-000381 LOW Search – Exchange Folder Indexing This check verifies that mail items on a Microsoft Exchange server are not indexed when Outlook is run in uncached mode.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16652r1_rule 5.234 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Defender – SpyNet Reporting This check verifies that SpyNet membership is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16653r1_rule 5.235 CCI-001312 LOW Error Reporting – Logging This check verifies that Error Reporting events will be logged in the system event log.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16654r2_rule 5.236 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Error Reporting – Windows Error Reporting This check verifies that Error Reporting is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16656r1_rule 5.238 CCI-000381 LOW Error Reporting – Additional Data This check verifies that additional data requests in response to Error Reporting will be declined.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16657r2_rule 5.239 CCI-002385 LOW Windows Explorer – Heap Termination This check verifies that heap termination on corruption is disabled. This may prevent Windows Explorer from terminating immediately from certain legacy plug-in applications.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16658r2_rule 5.244 CCI-000366 LOW Logon – Report Logon Server This check verifies that the user is notified whether the logon server was accessible or cached credentials were used.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16659r2_rule 5.245 CCI-000381 LOW Windows Mail – Communities This check verifies that Windows Mail will not check newsgroups for Communities support.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16660r2_rule 5.246 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Mail – Disable Application This check verifies that Windows Mail will be disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16661r1_rule 5.247 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Media DRM – Internet Access This check verifies that Windows Media Digital Rights Management will be prevented from accessing the internet.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16662r2_rule 5.249 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Meeting Space This check verifies that Windows Meeting Space is disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16663r2_rule 5.250 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Gadgets – Unsigned Gadgets This check verifies that unsigned Gadgets will not be installed.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16664r2_rule 5.251 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Gadgets – More Gadgets Link This check verifies that the More Gadgets Link will effectively be disabled.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16665r2_rule 5.252 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Gadgets – User Installed Gadgets This check verifies that Windows Sidebar will not run any user installed gadgets.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29464r1_rule 2.021 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Remove Software Certificate Installation Files This check verifies that software certificate installation files have been removed from a system.trueHKSystem AdministratorECSC-1
SV-16976r1_rule 5.254 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program is disabled. This check verifies that the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program is disabled so information is not passed to the vendor.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-17029r1_rule 4.039 CCI-000764 MEDIUM Built-in Admin Account Status This check verifies that Windows Vista is configured to disable the built-in administrator account which provides no accountability.System AdministratorIAAC-1
SV-29466r1_rule 3.004 CCI-000366 LOW Secure Removable Media – CD-ROM This check verifies that Windows is configured to not limit access to CD drives when a user is logged on locally per the FDCC.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-18428r2_rule 3.141 CCI-001084 LOW User Account Control – Executable Elevation This check verifies that elevation of application in UAC is not restricted to signed and validated applications per the FDCC.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-29584r1_rule 2.022 CCI-001764 HIGH Disallow AutoPlay/Autorun from Autorun.inf This registry key will prevent the autorun.inf from executing commands.System AdministratorECSC-1
SV-34590r2_rule 3.014 CCI-000048 LOW The Windows dialog box title for the legal banner must be configured. Failure to display the logon banner prior to a logon attempt will negate legal proceedings resulting from unauthorized access to system resources.System AdministratorECWM-1
SV-47110r1_rule WINUR-000018 CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on as a batch job user right on workstations must be configured to prevent access from highly privileged domain accounts on domain systems and unauthenticated access on all systems. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high level capabilities. The "Deny log on as a batch job" right defines accounts that are prevented from logging on to the system as a batch job, such as Task Scheduler. In an Active Directory Domain, denying logons to the Enterprise Admins and Domain Admins groups on lower trust systems helps mitigate the risk of privilege escalation from credential theft attacks which could lead to the compromise of an entire domain. The Guests group must be assigned to prevent unauthenticated access.System AdministratorECLP-1
SV-47119r1_rule WINUR-000019 CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on as a service user right on workstations must be configured to prevent access from highly privileged domain accounts on domain systems. No other groups or accounts must be assigned this right. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high level capabilities. The "Deny log on as a service" right defines accounts that are denied log on as a service. In an Active Directory Domain, denying logons to the Enterprise Admins and Domain Admins groups on lower trust systems helps mitigate the risk of privilege escalation from credential theft attacks which could lead to the compromise of an entire domain. Incorrect configurations could prevent services from starting and result in a DoS.System AdministratorECLP-1
SV-47103r3_rule WINUR-000020 CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on locally user right on workstations must be configured to prevent access from highly privileged domain accounts on domain systems and unauthenticated access on all systems. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high level capabilities. The "Deny log on locally" right defines accounts that are prevented from logging on interactively. In an Active Directory Domain, denying logons to the Enterprise Admins and Domain Admins groups on lower trust systems helps mitigate the risk of privilege escalation from credential theft attacks which could lead to the compromise of an entire domain. The Guests group must be assigned this right to prevent unauthenticated access.System AdministratorECLP-1
SV-47136r2_rule WINUR-000021 CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on through Terminal Services user right on workstations must prevent all access if TS is not used by the organization. If TS is used, it must be configured to prevent access from highly privileged domain accounts and local administrator accounts on domain systems and unauthenticated access on all systems. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high level capabilities. The "Deny log on through Terminal Services" right defines the accounts that are prevented from logging on using Terminal Services. If Terminal Services is not used by the organization, the Everyone group must be assigned this right to prevent all access. In an Active Directory Domain, denying logons to the Enterprise Admins and Domain Admins groups on lower trust systems helps mitigate the risk of privilege escalation from credential theft attacks which could lead to the compromise of an entire domain. Local administrator accounts on domain-joined systems must also be assigned this right to decrease the risk of lateral movement resulting from credential theft attacks. The Guests group must be assigned this right to prevent unauthenticated access.System AdministratorECLP-1
SV-46217r1_rule WINCC-000001 CCI-001812 HIGH The Windows Installer Always install with elevated privileges must be disabled. Standard user accounts must not be granted elevated privileges. Enabling Windows Installer to elevate privileges when installing applications can allow malicious persons and applications to gain full control of a system.ECLP-1
SV-47845r2_rule WINRG-000003 CCI-001084 MEDIUM Local administrator accounts must have their privileged token filtered to prevent elevated privileges from being used over the network on domain systems. A compromised local administrator account can provide means for an attacker to move laterally between domain systems. With User Account Control enabled, filtering the privileged token for local administrator accounts will prevent the elevated privileges of these accounts from being used over the network.ECLP-1
SV-49943r4_rule WINCC-000078 CCI-002824 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) system-wide Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) must be enabled and configured to Application Opt In. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-50026r3_rule WINCC-000079 CCI-002824 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) Default Protections for Internet Explorer must be enabled. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-50038r3_rule WINCC-000080 CCI-002824 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) Default Protections for Recommended Software must be enabled. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-50048r3_rule WINCC-000081 CCI-002824 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) Default Protections for Popular Software must be enabled. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-50053r4_rule WINCC-000082 CCI-002824 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) system-wide Data Execution Prevention (DEP) must be enabled and configured to at least Application Opt Out. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-50060r4_rule WINCC-000083 CCI-002824 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) system-wide Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) must be configured to Application Opt Out. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-50949r3_rule WINGE-000100 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) V4.1 Update 1 or later must be installed on the system. Attackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems and applications. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit can enable several mechanisms, such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP), Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), and Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP) on the system and applications adding additional levels of protection.ECVP-1
SV-58415r1_rule WINGE-000200 CCI-000366 LOW A group named DenyNetworkAccess must be defined on domain systems to include all local administrator accounts. Several user rights on domain systems require that local administrator accounts be assigned to them. Defining a consistent group name allows compliance to be more easily determined.ECLP-1