Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Domain Controller Security Technical Implementation Guide

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The Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Domain Controller Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) is published as a tool to improve the security of Department of Defense (DoD) information systems. 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-53189r2_rule WN12-GE-000001 CCI-000366 HIGH Systems must be maintained at a supported service pack level. Systems at unsupported service packs or releases will not receive security updates for new vulnerabilities, which leave them subject to exploitation. Systems must be maintained at a service pack level supported by the vendor with new security updates.
SV-52840r1_rule WN12-SO-000073 CCI-000366 LOW The shutdown option must not be available from the logon dialog box. Displaying the shutdown button may allow individuals to shut down a system anonymously. Only authenticated users should be allowed to shut down the system. Preventing display of this button in the logon dialog box ensures that individuals who shut down the system are authorized and tracked in the system's Security event log.
SV-52843r3_rule WN12-GE-000005 CCI-000213 HIGH Local volumes must use a format that supports NTFS attributes. The ability to set access permissions and auditing is critical to maintaining the security and proper access controls of a system. To support this, local volumes must be formatted using a file system that supports NTFS attributes.
SV-52845r3_rule WN12-SO-000022 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.
SV-52846r2_rule WN12-SO-000024 CCI-000366 LOW Caching of logon credentials must be 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 being disconnected from the network or domain controllers being unavailable. Even though the credential cache is well-protected, if a system is attacked, an unauthorized individual may isolate the password to a domain user account using a password-cracking program and gain access to the domain.
SV-52847r1_rule WN12-SO-000052 CCI-001090 HIGH Anonymous enumeration of shares must be restricted. Allowing anonymous logon users (null session connections) to list all account names and enumerate all shared resources can provide a map of potential points to attack the system.
SV-52848r1_rule WN12-AC-000002 CCI-000044 MEDIUM The number of allowed bad logon attempts must 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 must be reasonably small to minimize the possibility of a successful password attack, while allowing for honest errors made during a normal user logon.
SV-52849r2_rule WN12-AC-000003 CCI-000044 MEDIUM The reset period for the account lockout counter must be configured to 15 minutes or greater on Windows 2012. The account lockout feature, when enabled, prevents brute-force password attacks on the system. This parameter specifies the period of time that must pass after failed logon attempts before the counter is reset to "0". The smaller this value is, the less effective the account lockout feature will be in protecting the local system.
SV-52850r2_rule WN12-AC-000001 CCI-002238 MEDIUM Windows 2012 account lockout duration must be configured to 15 minutes or greater. The account lockout feature, when enabled, prevents brute-force password attacks on the system. This parameter specifies the period of time that an account will remain locked after the specified number of failed logon attempts.
SV-52108r3_rule WN12-UR-000003 CCI-002235 HIGH The Act as part of the operating system user right must not be assigned to any groups or accounts. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Act as part of the operating system" user right can assume the identity of any user and gain access to resources that user is authorized to access. Any accounts with this right can take complete control of a system.
SV-52851r1_rule WN12-AC-000005 CCI-000199 MEDIUM The maximum password age must meet requirements. The longer a password is in use, the greater the opportunity for someone to gain unauthorized knowledge of the passwords. Scheduled changing of passwords hinders the ability of unauthorized system users to crack passwords and gain access to a system.
SV-52852r1_rule WN12-AC-000006 CCI-000198 MEDIUM The minimum password age must meet 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.
SV-52853r2_rule WN12-AC-000004 CCI-000200 MEDIUM The password history must be configured to 24 passwords remembered. A system is more vulnerable to unauthorized access when system users recycle the same password several times without being required to change to a unique password on a regularly scheduled basis. This enables users to effectively negate the purpose of mandating periodic password changes. The default value is 24 for Windows domain systems. DoD has decided this is the appropriate value for all Windows systems.
SV-52855r1_rule WN12-SO-000003 CCI-000804 MEDIUM The built-in guest account must be 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.
SV-52856r1_rule WN12-SO-000006 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The built-in guest account must be renamed. The built-in guest account is a well-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. Renaming this account to an unidentified name improves the protection of this account and the system.
SV-52857r1_rule WN12-SO-000005 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The built-in administrator account must be renamed. The built-in administrator account is a well-known account subject to attack. Renaming this account to an unidentified name improves the protection of this account and the system.
SV-52860r1_rule WN12-SO-000034 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.
SV-52861r2_rule WN12-SO-000030 CCI-000197 MEDIUM Unencrypted passwords must not be sent to third-party SMB Servers. 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.
SV-52107r2_rule WN12-SO-000036 CCI-000366 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.
SV-52863r2_rule WN12-AC-000008 CCI-000192 MEDIUM The built-in Windows password complexity policy must be enabled. The use of complex passwords increases their strength against attack. The built-in Windows password complexity policy requires passwords to contain at least 3 of the 4 types of characters (numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, and special characters), as well as preventing the inclusion of user names or parts of.
SV-52214r2_rule WN12-SO-000089 CCI-001812 LOW The print driver installation privilege must be restricted to administrators. Allowing users to install drivers can introduce malware or cause the instability of a system. Print driver installation should be restricted to administrators.
SV-52864r3_rule WN12-RG-000004 CCI-002235 HIGH Anonymous access to the registry must be restricted. The registry is integral to the function, security, and stability of the Windows system. Some processes may require anonymous access to the registry. This must be limited to properly protect the system.
SV-52865r1_rule WN12-SO-000067 CCI-000366 HIGH The LanMan authentication level must be set to send NTLMv2 response only, and to refuse LM and NTLM. The Kerberos v5 authentication protocol is the default for authentication of users who are logging on to domain accounts. NTLM, which is less secure, is retained in later Windows versions for compatibility with clients and servers that are running earlier versions of Windows or applications that still use it. It is also used to authenticate logons to stand-alone computers that are running later versions.
SV-52866r1_rule WN12-SO-000019 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Ctrl+Alt+Del security attention sequence for logons must be enabled. Disabling the Ctrl+Alt+Del security attention sequence can compromise system security. Because only Windows responds to the Ctrl+Alt+Del security sequence, a user can be assured that any passwords entered following that sequence are sent only to Windows. If the sequence requirement is eliminated, malicious programs can request and receive a user's Windows password. Disabling this sequence also suppresses a custom logon banner.
SV-51144r1_rule WN12-UR-000017-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny access to this computer from the network user right on domain controllers must be configured to prevent unauthenticated access. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Deny access to this computer from the network" user right defines the accounts that are prevented from logging on from the network. The Guests group must be assigned this right to prevent unauthenticated access.
SV-52867r2_rule WN12-SO-000027 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Smart Card removal option must be configured to Force Logoff or Lock Workstation. Unattended systems are susceptible to unauthorized use and must be locked. Configuring a system to lock when a smart card is removed will ensure the system is inaccessible when unattended.
SV-52870r2_rule WN12-SO-000033 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows SMB server must perform SMB packet signing when possible. The server message block (SMB) protocol provides the basis for many network operations. Digitally signed SMB packets aid in preventing man-in-the-middle attacks. If this policy is enabled, the SMB server will negotiate SMB packet signing as requested by the client.
SV-52871r3_rule WN12-SO-000013 CCI-002418 MEDIUM Outgoing secure channel traffic must be 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 will be encrypted.
SV-52872r3_rule WN12-SO-000014 CCI-002418 MEDIUM Outgoing secure channel traffic must be 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, outgoing secure channel traffic will be signed.
SV-52873r1_rule WN12-SO-000015 CCI-000366 LOW The computer account password must not be prevented from being reset. Computer account passwords are changed automatically on a regular basis. Disabling automatic password changes can make the system more vulnerable to malicious access. Frequent password changes can be a significant safeguard for your system. A new password for the computer account will be generated every 30 days.
SV-52874r2_rule WN12-SO-000029 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows SMB client must be enabled to perform SMB packet signing when possible. The server message block (SMB) protocol provides the basis for many network operations. If this policy is enabled, the SMB client will request packet signing when communicating with an SMB server that is enabled or required to perform SMB packet signing.
SV-52875r1_rule WN12-SO-000011 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Ejection of removable NTFS media must be restricted to Administrators. Removable hard drives, if they are not properly configured, can be formatted and ejected by users who are not members of the Administrators Group. Formatting and ejecting removable NTFS media must only be done by administrators.
SV-52876r1_rule WN12-SO-000025 CCI-000366 LOW Users must be warned in advance of their passwords expiring. Creating strong passwords that can be remembered by users requires some thought. By giving the user advance warning, the user has time to construct a sufficiently strong password. This setting configures the system to display a warning to users telling them how many days are left before their password expires.
SV-52877r1_rule WN12-SO-000076 CCI-000366 LOW The default permissions of global system objects must be increased. Windows systems maintain 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 nonadministrative users to read shared objects, but not modify shared objects that they did not create.
SV-52878r3_rule WN12-SO-000031 CCI-001133 LOW The amount of idle time required before suspending a session must be properly set. Open sessions can increase the avenues of attack on a system. This setting is used 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.
SV-52880r1_rule WN12-AC-000009 CCI-000196 HIGH Reversible password encryption must be disabled. Storing passwords using reversible encryption is essentially the same as storing clear-text versions of the passwords. For this reason, this policy must never be enabled.
SV-52879r2_rule WN12-CC-000074 CCI-001764 HIGH Autoplay must be disabled for all drives. Allowing Autoplay to execute may introduce malicious code to a system. Autoplay begins reading from a drive as soon media is inserted into the drive. As a result, the setup file of programs or music on audio media may start. By default, Autoplay is disabled on removable drives, such as the floppy disk drive (but not the CD-ROM drive) and on network drives. Enabling this policy disables Autoplay on all drives.
SV-51160r2_rule WN12-AC-000010-DC CCI-000366 MEDIUM Kerberos user logon restrictions must be enforced. This policy setting determines whether the Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) validates every request for a session ticket against the user rights policy of the target computer. The policy is enabled by default which is the most secure setting for validating access to target resources is not circumvented.ECSC-1
SV-51162r2_rule WN12-AC-000011-DC CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Kerberos service ticket maximum lifetime must be limited to 600 minutes or less. This setting determines the maximum amount of time (in minutes) that a granted session ticket can be used to access a particular service. Session tickets are used only to authenticate new connections with servers. Ongoing operations are not interrupted if the session ticket used to authenticate the connection expires during the connection.ECSC-1
SV-51164r2_rule WN12-AC-000012-DC CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Kerberos user ticket lifetime must be limited to 10 hours or less. In Kerberos, there are 2 types of tickets: Ticket Granting Tickets (TGTs) and Service Tickets. Kerberos tickets have a limited lifetime so the time an attacker has to implement an attack is limited. This policy controls how long TGTs can be renewed. With Kerberos, the user's initial authentication to the domain controller results in a TGT which is then used to request Service Tickets to resources. Upon startup, each computer gets a TGT before requesting a service ticket to the domain controller and any other computers it needs to access. For services that startup under a specified user account, users must always get a TGT first, then get Service Tickets to all computers and services accessed.ECSC-1
SV-51166r2_rule WN12-AC-000013-DC CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Kerberos policy user ticket renewal maximum lifetime must be limited to 7 days or less. This setting determines the period of time (in days) during which a user's TGT may be renewed. This security configuration limits the amount of time an attacker has to crack the TGT and gain access.ECSC-1
SV-51168r3_rule WN12-AC-000014-DC CCI-001941 MEDIUM The computer clock synchronization tolerance must be limited to 5 minutes or less. This setting determines the maximum time difference (in minutes) that Kerberos will tolerate between the time on a client's clock and the time on a server's clock while still considering the two clocks synchronous. In order to prevent replay attacks, Kerberos uses timestamps as part of its protocol definition. For timestamps to work properly, the clocks of the client and the server need to be in sync as much as possible.
SV-51138r2_rule WN12-SO-000055-DC CCI-001090 HIGH Named pipes that can be accessed anonymously must be configured with limited values on domain controllers. Named pipes that can be accessed anonymously provide 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.
SV-52883r2_rule WN12-SO-000056 CCI-001090 HIGH Unauthorized remotely accessible registry paths must not be configured. The registry is integral to the function, security, and stability of the Windows system. Some processes may require remote access to the registry. This setting controls which registry paths are accessible from a remote computer. These registry paths must be limited, as they could give unauthorized individuals access to the registry.
SV-52884r1_rule WN12-SO-000059 CCI-001090 HIGH Network shares that can be accessed anonymously must not be allowed. Anonymous access to network shares provides the potential for gaining unauthorized system access by network users. This could lead to the exposure or corruption of sensitive data.
SV-52885r1_rule WN12-CC-000059 CCI-001090 HIGH Solicited Remote Assistance must not be allowed. Remote assistance allows another user to view or take control of the local session of a user. Solicited assistance is help that is specifically requested by the local user. This may allow unauthorized parties access to the resources on the computer.
SV-52886r1_rule WN12-SO-000004 CCI-000366 HIGH Local accounts with blank passwords must be restricted to prevent access from the network. An account without a password can allow unauthorized access to a system as only the username would be required. Password policies should prevent accounts with blank passwords from existing on a system. However, if a local account with a blank password did exist, enabling this setting will prevent network access, limiting the account to local console logon only.
SV-52887r1_rule WN12-SO-000016 CCI-000366 LOW The maximum age for machine account passwords must be set to requirements. Computer account passwords are changed automatically on a regular basis. This setting controls the maximum password age that a machine account may have. This setting must be set to no more than 30 days, ensuring the machine changes its password monthly.
SV-52888r2_rule WN12-SO-000017 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The system must be configured to require a strong session key. A computer connecting to a domain controller will establish a secure channel. Requiring strong session keys enforces 128-bit encryption between systems.
SV-52889r1_rule WN12-SO-000053 CCI-002038 MEDIUM The system must be configured to prevent the storage of passwords and credentials. This setting controls the storage of passwords and credentials for network authentication on the local system. Such credentials must not be stored on the local machine, as that may lead to account compromise.
SV-52890r1_rule WN12-SO-000054 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system must be configured to prevent anonymous users from having the same rights as the Everyone group. Access by anonymous users must be restricted. If this setting is enabled, then anonymous users have the same rights and permissions as the built-in Everyone group. Anonymous users must not have these permissions or rights.
SV-52891r1_rule WN12-SO-000060 CCI-001090 MEDIUM The system must be 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.
SV-52892r2_rule WN12-SO-000065 CCI-000196 HIGH The system must be configured to prevent the storage of the LAN Manager hash of passwords. The LAN Manager hash uses a weak encryption algorithm and there are several tools available that use this hash to retrieve account passwords. 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.
SV-52893r1_rule WN12-SO-000066 CCI-001133 MEDIUM The system must be configured to force users to log off when their allowed logon hours expire. Limiting logon hours can help protect data by only allowing access during specified times. 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, this must be enforced.
SV-52894r1_rule WN12-SO-000068 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system must be configured to the required LDAP client signing level. This setting controls the signing requirements for LDAP clients. This setting must be set to Negotiate signing or Require signing, depending on the environment and type of LDAP server in use.
SV-52895r1_rule WN12-SO-000069 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system must be configured to meet the minimum session security requirement for NTLM SSP-based clients. Microsoft has implemented a variety of security support providers for use with RPC sessions. All of the options must be enabled to ensure the maximum security level.
SV-52896r2_rule WN12-SO-000074 CCI-002450 MEDIUM The system must be 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 must be the algorithms used for all OS encryption functions.
SV-52897r1_rule WN12-SO-000075 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system must be configured to require case insensitivity for non-Windows subsystems. 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 must be restricted. To prevent this from happening, case insensitivity restrictions must be required.
SV-52216r2_rule WN12-CC-000131 CCI-000054 MEDIUM Remote Desktop Services must limit users to one remote session. Allowing multiple Remote Desktop Services sessions could consume resources. There is also potential to make a secondary connection to a system with compromised credentials.ECLO-1, ECLO-2
SV-52898r1_rule WN12-CC-000099 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Remote Desktop Services must 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.
SV-52899r2_rule WN12-CC-000100 CCI-000068 MEDIUM Remote Desktop Services must be 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 Remote Desktop Services sessions in both directions.
SV-52900r1_rule WN12-CC-000104 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Remote Desktop Services must be configured to use session-specific temporary folders. If a communal temporary folder is used for remote desktop sessions, it might be possible for users to access other users' temporary folders. If this setting is enabled, only one temporary folder is used for all remote desktop sessions. Per session temporary folders must be established.
SV-52901r1_rule WN12-CC-000103 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Remote Desktop Services must delete temporary folders when a session is terminated. Remote desktop session temporary folders must always be deleted after a session is over to prevent hard disk clutter and potential leakage of information. This setting controls the deletion of the temporary folders when the session is terminated.
SV-52906r1_rule WN12-CC-000029 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Group Policies must be refreshed in the background if the user is logged on. If this setting is enabled, then Group Policy settings are not refreshed while a user is currently logged on. This could lead to instances when a user does not have the latest changes to a policy applied and is therefore operating in an insecure context.
SV-52917r1_rule WN12-CC-000058 CCI-001090 MEDIUM The system must be configured to prevent unsolicited remote assistance offers. Remote assistance allows another user to view or take control of the local session of a user. Unsolicited remote assistance is help that is offered by the remote user. This may allow unauthorized parties access to the resources on the computer.
SV-52920r1_rule WN12-SO-000045 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system must be 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 system's path environment variable. An unauthorized DLL, inserted into an application's working directory, could allow malicious code to be run on the system. Setting this policy value forces the system to search the %Systemroot% for the DLL before searching the current directory or the rest of the path.
SV-53130r1_rule WN12-CC-000122 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Windows 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.
SV-52922r1_rule WN12-SO-000070 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The system must be configured to meet the minimum session security requirement for NTLM SSP-based servers. Microsoft has implemented a variety of security support providers for use with RPC sessions. All of the options must be enabled to ensure the maximum security level.
SV-52923r2_rule WN12-SO-000049 CCI-000139 LOW The system must generate an audit event when the audit log reaches a percentage of full threshold. When the audit log reaches a given percent full, an audit event is written to the security log. It is recorded as a successful audit event under the category of System. This option may be especially useful if the audit logs are set to be cleared manually.
SV-52924r1_rule WN12-SO-000038 CCI-000366 LOW The system must be configured to prevent IP source routing. Configuring the system to disable IP source routing protects against spoofing.
SV-52925r1_rule WN12-SO-000039 CCI-000366 LOW The system must be configured to prevent Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) redirects from overriding Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) generated routes. Allowing ICMP redirect of routes can lead to traffic not being routed properly. When disabled, this forces ICMP to be routed via shortest path first.
SV-52926r1_rule WN12-SO-000044 CCI-002385 LOW The system must be configured to disable the Internet Router Discovery Protocol (IRDP). The Internet Router Discovery Protocol (IRDP) is used to detect and configure default gateway addresses on the computer. If a router is impersonated on a network, traffic could be routed through the compromised system.
SV-52927r1_rule WN12-SO-000041 CCI-002385 LOW The system must be configured to limit how often keep-alive packets are sent. This setting controls how often TCP sends a keep-alive packet in attempting to verify that an idle connection is still intact. A higher value could allow an attacker to cause a denial of service with numerous connections.
SV-52928r2_rule WN12-SO-000043 CCI-002385 LOW The system must be configured to ignore NetBIOS name release requests except from WINS servers. Configuring the system to ignore name release requests, except from WINS servers, prevents a denial of service (DoS) attack. The DoS consists of sending a NetBIOS name release request to the server for each entry in the server's cache, causing a response delay in the normal operation of the servers WINS resolution capability.
SV-51140r3_rule WN12-SO-000090-DC CCI-002418 MEDIUM Domain controllers must require LDAP access signing. Unsigned network traffic is susceptible to man in the middle attacks where an intruder captures packets between the server and the client and modifies them before forwarding them to the client. In the case of an LDAP server, this means that an attacker could cause a client to make decisions based on false records from the LDAP directory. You can lower the risk of an attacker pulling this off in a corporate network by implementing strong physical security measures to protect the network infrastructure. Furthermore, implementing Internet Protocol security (IPSec) authentication header mode (AH), which performs mutual authentication and packet integrity for Internet Protocol (IP) traffic, can make all types of man in the middle attacks extremely difficult.
SV-51141r2_rule WN12-SO-000091-DC CCI-000366 LOW Domain controllers must be configured to allow reset of machine account passwords. Enabling this setting on all domain controllers in a domain prevents domain members from changing their computer account passwords. If these passwords are weak or compromised, the inability to change them may leave these computers vulnerable.ECSC-1
SV-52929r2_rule WN12-SO-000048 CCI-002385 LOW The system must limit how many times unacknowledged TCP data is retransmitted. 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 is no longer able to respond to legitimate requests.
SV-52930r1_rule WN12-SO-000046 CCI-000366 LOW The system must be 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 on to the system before the lock takes effect.
SV-52931r2_rule WN12-SO-000057 CCI-001090 HIGH Unauthorized remotely accessible registry paths and sub-paths must not be configured. The registry is integral to the function, security, and stability of the Windows system. Some processes may require remote access to the registry. This setting controls which registry paths and sub-paths are accessible from a remote computer. These registry paths must be limited, as they could give unauthorized individuals access to the registry.
SV-52219r2_rule WN12-SO-000088 CCI-000381 LOW Optional Subsystems must not be permitted to operate on the system. The POSIX subsystem is an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) standard that defines a set of operating system services. The POSIX Subsystem is required if the server supports applications that use that subsystem. The subsystem introduces a security risk relating to processes that can potentially persist across logins. That is, if a user starts a process and then logs out, there is a potential that the next user who logs in to the system could access the previous users process. This is dangerous because the process started by the first user may retain that users system privileges, and anything the second user does with that process will be performed with the privileges of the first user.HKECSC-1
SV-52932r2_rule WN12-CC-000130 CCI-001453 MEDIUM The Remote Desktop Session Host must require secure RPC communications. Allowing unsecure RPC communication exposes the system to man-in-the-middle attacks and data disclosure attacks. A man-in-the-middle attack occurs when an intruder captures packets between a client and server and modifies them before allowing the packets to be exchanged. Usually the attacker will modify the information in the packets in an attempt to cause either the client or server to reveal sensitive information.
SV-52933r1_rule WN12-CC-000028 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Group Policy objects must be reprocessed even 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.
SV-52934r2_rule WN12-SO-000012 CCI-002418 MEDIUM Outgoing secure channel traffic must be 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.
SV-52935r2_rule WN12-SO-000028 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows SMB client must be configured to always perform SMB packet signing. The server message block (SMB) protocol provides the basis for many network operations. Digitally signed SMB packets aid in preventing man-in-the-middle attacks. If this policy is enabled, the SMB client will only communicate with an SMB server that performs SMB packet signing.
SV-52936r2_rule WN12-SO-000032 CCI-002418 MEDIUM The Windows SMB server must be configured to always perform SMB packet signing. The server message block (SMB) protocol provides the basis for many network operations. Digitally signed SMB packets aid in preventing man-in-the-middle attacks. If this policy is enabled, the SMB server will only communicate with an SMB client that performs SMB packet signing.
SV-52937r1_rule WN12-SO-000058 CCI-001090 HIGH Anonymous access to Named Pipes and Shares must be restricted. Allowing anonymous access to named pipes or shares provides the potential for unauthorized system access. This setting restricts access to those defined in "Network access: Named Pipes that can be accessed anonymously" and "Network access: Shares that can be accessed anonymously", both of which must be blank under other requirements.
SV-52938r2_rule WN12-AC-000007 CCI-000205 MEDIUM Passwords must, at a minimum, be 14 characters. 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 compromising the device, information, or the local network.
SV-51175r3_rule WN12-AD-000001-DC CCI-002235 HIGH Active Directory data files must have proper access control permissions. Improper access permissions for directory data related files could allow unauthorized users to read, modify, or delete directory data or audit trails.
SV-52941r1_rule WN12-SO-000018 CCI-000366 LOW The system must be configured to prevent the display of the last username on the logon screen. Displaying the username of the last logged on user provides half of the userid/password equation that an unauthorized person would need to gain access. The username of the last user to log on to a system must not be displayed.
SV-53129r1_rule WN12-SO-000007 CCI-001095 MEDIUM Auditing the Access of Global System Objects must be turned off. 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. 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.
SV-52943r1_rule WN12-SO-000008 CCI-001095 MEDIUM Auditing of Backup and Restore Privileges must be turned off. 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. This setting prevents the system from generating audit events for every file backed up or restored, which could fill the security log in Windows, making it difficult to identify actual issues.
SV-52944r1_rule WN12-SO-000009 CCI-000169 MEDIUM Audit policy using subcategories must be enabled. 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. This setting allows administrators to enable more precise auditing capabilities.
SV-52945r1_rule WN12-SO-000042 CCI-000366 LOW IPSec Exemptions must be limited. IPSec exemption filters allow specific traffic that may be needed by the system for such things as Kerberos authentication. This setting configures Windows for specific IPSec exemptions.
SV-52946r1_rule WN12-SO-000077 CCI-002038 MEDIUM User Account Control approval mode for the built-in Administrator must be enabled. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting configures the built-in Administrator account so that it runs in Admin Approval Mode.
SV-52947r1_rule WN12-SO-000078 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control must, at minimum, prompt administrators for consent. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting configures the elevation requirements for logged on administrators to complete a task that requires raised privileges.
SV-52948r1_rule WN12-SO-000079 CCI-002038 MEDIUM User Account Control must automatically deny standard user requests for elevation. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting controls the behavior of elevation when requested by a standard user account.
SV-52949r1_rule WN12-SO-000080 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control must be configured to detect application installations and prompt for elevation. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting requires Windows to respond to application installation requests by prompting for credentials.
SV-52950r1_rule WN12-SO-000082 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control must only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting configures Windows to only allow applications installed in a secure location on the file system, such as the Program Files or the Windows\System32 folders, to run with elevated privileges.
SV-52951r1_rule WN12-SO-000083 CCI-002038 MEDIUM User Account Control must run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode, enabling UAC. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting enables UAC.
SV-52952r1_rule WN12-SO-000084 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control must switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting ensures that the elevation prompt is only used in secure desktop mode.
SV-52953r1_rule WN12-SO-000085 CCI-001084 MEDIUM User Account Control must virtualize file and registry write failures to per-user locations. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting configures non-UAC-compliant applications to run in virtualized file and registry entries in per-user locations, allowing them to run.
SV-52955r2_rule WN12-CC-000077 CCI-001084 MEDIUM Administrator accounts must not be enumerated during elevation. Enumeration of administrator accounts when elevating can provide part of the logon information to an unauthorized user. This setting configures the system to always require users to enter in a username and password to elevate a running application.
SV-52958r1_rule WN12-CC-000096 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Passwords must not be saved in the Remote Desktop Client. Saving passwords in the Remote Desktop Client could allow an unauthorized user to establish a remote desktop session to another system. The system must be configured to prevent users from saving passwords in the Remote Desktop Client.
SV-52959r1_rule WN12-CC-000098 CCI-001090 MEDIUM Local drives must be prevented from sharing with Remote Desktop Session Hosts. (Remote Desktop Services Role). Preventing users from sharing the local drives on their client computers to Remote Session Hosts that they access helps reduce possible exposure of sensitive data.
SV-52997r1_rule WN12-CC-000039 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Printing over HTTP must be prevented. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents the client computer from printing over HTTP, which allows the computer to print to printers on the intranet as well as the Internet.
SV-52998r1_rule WN12-CC-000032 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Downloading print driver packages over HTTP must be prevented. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents the computer from downloading print driver packages over HTTP.
SV-53000r1_rule WN12-CC-000047 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Windows must be prevented from using Windows Update to search for drivers. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents Windows from searching Windows Update for device drivers when no local drivers for a device are present.
SV-53010r3_rule WN12-GE-000019 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The HBSS McAfee Agent must be installed. The McAfee Agent is the client side distributed component of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (McAfee ePO) which provides a secure communication channel between the ePO server and managed point products.
SV-53012r1_rule WN12-CC-000003 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Peer-to-Peer networking services must be turned off. Peer-to-Peer applications can allow unauthorized access to a system and exposure of sensitive data. This setting will turn off the Microsoft Peer-to-Peer Networking Service.
SV-53014r2_rule WN12-CC-000004 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Network Bridges must be prohibited in Windows. A Network Bridge can connect two or more network segments, allowing unauthorized access or exposure of sensitive data. This setting prevents a Network Bridge from being installed and configured.
SV-53017r1_rule WN12-CC-000033 CCI-000381 LOW Event Viewer Events.asp links must be turned off. Viewing events is a function of administrators, who must not access the internet with privileged accounts. This setting will disable Events.asp hyperlinks in Event Viewer to prevent links to the internet from within events.
SV-53021r1_rule WN12-CC-000038 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Internet File Association service must be turned off. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents unhandled file associations from using the Microsoft Web service to find an application.
SV-53040r1_rule WN12-CC-000105 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Attachments must be prevented from being downloaded from RSS feeds. Attachments from RSS feeds may not be secure. This setting will prevent attachments from being downloaded from RSS feeds.
SV-53045r1_rule WN12-CC-000091 CCI-000366 MEDIUM File Explorer shell protocol must run in protected mode. The shell protocol will limit the set of folders applications can open when run in protected mode. Restricting files an application can open to a limited set of folders increases the security of Windows.
SV-53056r2_rule WN12-CC-000117 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Users must be notified if a web-based program attempts to install software. Users must be aware of attempted program installations. This setting ensures users are notified if a web-based program attempts to install software.
SV-53061r1_rule WN12-CC-000115 CCI-001812 MEDIUM Users must be prevented from changing installation options. Installation options for applications are typically controlled by administrators. This setting prevents users from changing installation options that may bypass security features.
SV-53065r1_rule WN12-CC-000118 CCI-001812 LOW Nonadministrators must be prevented from applying vendor-signed updates. Uncontrolled system updates can introduce issues to a system. This setting will prevent users from applying vendor-signed updates (though they may be from a trusted source).
SV-53069r1_rule WN12-CC-000121 CCI-000366 LOW Users must not be presented with Privacy and Installation options on first use of Windows Media Player. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents users from being presented with Privacy and Installation options on first use of Windows Media Player, which could enable some communication with the vendor.
SV-53072r1_rule WN12-CC-000001 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Mapper I/O network protocol (LLTDIO) driver must be disabled. The Mapper I/O network protocol (LLTDIO) driver allows the discovery of the connected network and allows various options to be enabled. Disabling this helps protect the system from potentially discovering and connecting to unauthorized devices.
SV-53081r1_rule WN12-CC-000002 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Responder network protocol driver must be disabled. The Responder network protocol driver allows a computer to be discovered and located on a network. Disabling this helps protect the system from potentially being discovered and connected to by unauthorized devices.
SV-53085r1_rule WN12-CC-000012 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The configuration of wireless devices using Windows Connect Now must be disabled. Windows Connect Now allows the discovery and configuration of devices over wireless. Wireless devices must be managed. If a rogue device is connected to a system, there is potential for sensitive information to be compromised.
SV-53089r1_rule WN12-CC-000013 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Windows Connect Now wizards must be disabled. Windows Connect Now provides wizards for tasks such as "Set up a wireless router or access point" and must not be available to users. Functions such as these may allow unauthorized connections to a system and the potential for sensitive information to be compromised.
SV-53094r1_rule WN12-CC-000019 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Remote access to the Plug and Play interface must be disabled for device installation. Remote access to the Plug and Play interface could potentially allow connections by unauthorized devices. This setting configures remote access to the Plug and Play interface and must be disabled.
SV-53099r1_rule WN12-CC-000021 CCI-000366 LOW A system restore point must be created when a new device driver is installed. A system restore point allows a rollback if an issue is encountered when a new device driver is installed.
SV-53105r1_rule WN12-CC-000020 CCI-000381 LOW An Error Report must not be sent when a generic device driver is installed. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents an error report from being sent when a generic device driver is installed.
SV-53115r1_rule WN12-CC-000026 CCI-001812 LOW Users must not be prompted to search Windows Update for device drivers. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents users from being prompted to search Windows Update for device drivers.
SV-53116r1_rule WN12-CC-000035 CCI-000381 LOW Errors in handwriting recognition on tablet PCs must not be reported to Microsoft. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents errors in handwriting recognition on tablet PCs from being reported to Microsoft.
SV-53131r1_rule WN12-CC-000054 CCI-002038 MEDIUM Users must be prompted to authenticate on resume from sleep (on battery). Authentication must always be required when accessing a system. This setting ensures the user is prompted for a password on resume from sleep (on battery).
SV-53132r1_rule WN12-CC-000055 CCI-002038 MEDIUM The user must be prompted to authenticate on resume from sleep (plugged in). Authentication must always be required when accessing a system. This setting ensures the user is prompted for a password on resume from sleep (plugged in).
SV-53133r1_rule WN12-CC-000062 CCI-000366 LOW Remote Assistance log files must be generated. 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. This setting will turn on session logging for Remote Assistance connections.
SV-53134r2_rule WN12-CC-000111 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Microsoft Active Protection Service membership must be disabled. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this feature will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting disables Microsoft Active Protection Service membership and reporting.
SV-53137r1_rule WN12-CC-000090 CCI-002385 LOW Turning off File Explorer heap termination on corruption must be disabled. Legacy plug-in applications may continue to function when a File Explorer session has become corrupt. Disabling this feature will prevent this.
SV-53139r1_rule WN12-CC-000120 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) must be prevented from accessing the Internet. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This check verifies that Windows Media DRM will be prevented from accessing the Internet.
SV-53141r3_rule WN12-GE-000020 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Software certificate installation files must be removed from Windows 2012/2012 R2. Use of software certificates and their accompanying installation files for end users to access resources is less secure than the use of hardware-based certificates.
SV-52223r2_rule WN12-SO-000086 CCI-001084 MEDIUM UIAccess applications must not be allowed to prompt for elevation without using the secure desktop. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting prevents User Interface Accessibility programs from disabling the secure desktop for elevation prompts.ECCD-1, ECCD-2
SV-52224r2_rule WN12-CC-000132 CCI-002314 MEDIUM Users must be prevented from mapping local COM ports and redirecting data from the Remote Desktop Session Host to local COM ports. (Remote Desktop Services Role). Preventing the redirection of Remote Desktop session data to a client computer's COM ports helps reduce possible exposure of sensitive data.ECSC-1
SV-52226r2_rule WN12-CC-000133 CCI-002314 MEDIUM Users must be prevented from mapping local LPT ports and redirecting data from the Remote Desktop Session Host to local LPT ports. (Remote Desktop Services Role). Preventing the redirection of Remote Desktop session data to a client computer's LPT ports helps reduce possible exposure of sensitive data.ECSC-1
SV-52229r2_rule WN12-CC-000135 CCI-002314 MEDIUM Users must be prevented from redirecting Plug and Play devices to the Remote Desktop Session Host. (Remote Desktop Services Role). Preventing the redirection of Plug and Play devices in Remote Desktop sessions helps reduce possible exposure of sensitive data.ECSC-1
SV-52230r2_rule WN12-CC-000134 CCI-002314 MEDIUM The system must be configured to ensure smart card devices can be redirected to the Remote Desktop session. (Remote Desktop Services Role). Enabling the redirection of smart card devices allows their use within Remote Desktop sessions.ECSC-1
SV-53142r1_rule WN12-SO-000081 CCI-001084 MEDIUM Windows must elevate all applications in User Account Control, not just signed ones. User Account Control (UAC) is a security mechanism for limiting the elevation of privileges, including administrative accounts, unless authorized. This setting configures whether Windows elevates all applications, or only signed ones.
SV-53143r1_rule WN12-CC-000045 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program must be disabled. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting ensures the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program is disabled so information is not passed to the vendor.
SV-52115r3_rule WN12-UR-000016 CCI-002235 HIGH The Debug programs user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Debug programs" user right can attach a debugger to any process or to the kernel, providing complete access to sensitive and critical operating system components. This right is given to Administrators in the default configuration.
SV-53175r1_rule WN12-SO-000035 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The service principal name (SPN) target name validation level must be turned off. If a service principle name (SPN) is provided by the client, it is validated against the server's list of SPNs. Implementation may disrupt file and print sharing capabilities.
SV-53176r1_rule WN12-SO-000061 CCI-000778 MEDIUM Services using Local System that use Negotiate when reverting to NTLM authentication must use the computer identity vs. authenticating anonymously. Services using Local System that use Negotiate when reverting to NTLM authentication may gain unauthorized access if allowed to authenticate anonymously vs. using the computer identity.
SV-53177r1_rule WN12-SO-000062 CCI-000366 MEDIUM NTLM must be prevented from falling back to a Null session. NTLM sessions that are allowed to fall back to Null (unauthenticated) sessions may gain unauthorized access.
SV-53178r1_rule WN12-SO-000063 CCI-000366 MEDIUM PKU2U authentication using online identities must be prevented. PKU2U is a peer-to-peer authentication protocol. This setting prevents online identities from authenticating to domain-joined systems. Authentication will be centrally managed with Windows user accounts.
SV-53179r4_rule WN12-SO-000064 CCI-000803 MEDIUM Kerberos encryption types must be configured to prevent the use of DES and RC4 encryption suites. Certain encryption types are no longer considered secure. The DES and RC4 encryption suites must not be used for Kerberos encryption. Note: Removing the previously allowed RC4_HMAC_MD5 encryption suite may have operational impacts and must be thoroughly tested for the environment before changing. This includes but is not limited to parent\child trusts where RC4 is still enabled; selecting "The other domain supports Kerberos AES Encryption" may be required on the domain trusts to allow client communication across the trust relationship.
SV-53180r2_rule WN12-SO-000037 CCI-000366 LOW IPv6 source routing must be configured to the highest protection level. Configuring the system to disable IPv6 source routing protects against spoofing.
SV-53181r2_rule WN12-SO-000047 CCI-002385 LOW IPv6 TCP data retransmissions must be configured to prevent resources from becoming exhausted. Configuring Windows to limit the number of times that IPv6 TCP retransmits unacknowledged data segments before aborting the attempt helps prevent resources from becoming exhausted.
SV-53182r1_rule WN12-CC-000005 CCI-001084 LOW Domain users must be required to elevate when setting a networks location. Selecting an incorrect network location may allow greater exposure of a system. Elevation is required by default on nondomain systems to change network location. This setting configures elevation to also be required on domain-joined systems.
SV-53183r1_rule WN12-CC-000006 CCI-000366 LOW All Direct Access traffic must be routed through the internal network. Routing all Direct Access traffic through the internal network allows monitoring and prevents split tunneling.
SV-53184r1_rule WN12-CC-000016 CCI-001812 LOW Windows Update must be prevented from searching for point and print drivers. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting will prevent Windows from searching Windows Update for point and print drivers. Only the local driver store and server driver cache will be searched.
SV-53185r2_rule WN12-CC-000022 CCI-000381 LOW Device metadata retrieval from the Internet must be prevented. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting will prevent Windows from retrieving device metadata from the Internet.
SV-53186r1_rule WN12-CC-000024 CCI-001812 LOW Device driver searches using Windows Update must be prevented. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting will prevent the system from searching Windows Update for device drivers.
SV-53187r1_rule WN12-CC-000066 CCI-000381 LOW Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) interactive communication with Microsoft must be prevented. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents the MSDT from communicating with and sending collected data to Microsoft, the default support provider.
SV-53188r1_rule WN12-CC-000067 CCI-000381 LOW Access to Windows Online Troubleshooting Service (WOTS) must be prevented. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents users from searching troubleshooting content on Microsoft servers. Only local content will be available.
SV-53128r1_rule WN12-CC-000068 CCI-000381 LOW Responsiveness events must be prevented from being aggregated and sent to Microsoft. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting prevents responsiveness events from being aggregated and sent to Microsoft.
SV-53127r1_rule WN12-CC-000071 CCI-000381 LOW The Application Compatibility Program Inventory must be prevented from collecting data and sending the information to Microsoft. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting will prevent the Program Inventory from collecting data about a system and sending the information to Microsoft.
SV-53126r2_rule WN12-CC-000072 CCI-001764 HIGH Autoplay must be turned off for non-volume devices. Allowing Autoplay to execute may introduce malicious code to a system. Autoplay begins reading from a drive as soon as media is inserted into the drive. As a result, the setup file of programs or music on audio media may start. This setting will disable Autoplay for non-volume devices (such as Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) devices).
SV-53125r1_rule WN12-CC-000089 CCI-002824 MEDIUM Explorer Data Execution Prevention must be enabled. Data Execution Prevention (DEP) provides additional protection by performing checks on memory to help prevent malicious code from running. This setting will prevent Data Execution Prevention from being turned off for File Explorer.
SV-53124r2_rule WN12-CC-000073 CCI-001764 HIGH The default Autorun behavior must be configured to prevent Autorun commands. Allowing Autorun commands to execute may introduce malicious code to a system. Configuring this setting prevents Autorun commands from executing.
SV-53123r4_rule WN12-RG-000001 CCI-002235 HIGH Standard user accounts must only have Read permissions to the Winlogon registry key. Permissions on the Winlogon registry key must only allow privileged accounts to change registry values. If standard users have these permissions, there is a potential for programs to run with elevated privileges when a privileged user logs on to the system.
SV-53122r1_rule WN12-SO-000051 CCI-000366 HIGH Anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts must not be allowed. Anonymous enumeration of SAM accounts allows anonymous log on users (null session connections) to list all accounts names, thus providing a list of potential points to attack the system.
SV-53121r2_rule WN12-SO-000023 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.
SV-53120r2_rule WN12-UR-000001 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Access Credential Manager as a trusted caller user right must not be assigned to any groups or accounts. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Access Credential Manager as a trusted caller" user right may be able to retrieve the credentials of other accounts from Credential Manager.
SV-51142r2_rule WN12-UR-000002-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM Unauthorized accounts must not have the Access this computer from the network user right on domain controllers. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Access this computer from the network" right may access resources on the system and should be limited to those requiring it.If an application requires this user right, this can be downgraded to not a finding if the following conditions are met: Vendor documentation must support the requirement for having the user right. The requirement must be documented with the ISSO. The application account must meet requirements for application account passwords, such as length (V-36661) and required changes frequency (V-36662).
SV-52110r3_rule WN12-UR-000005 CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Allow log on locally user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Allow log on locally" user right can log on interactively to a system.
SV-53119r2_rule WN12-UR-000006-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services" user right can access a system through Remote Desktop.
SV-52111r3_rule WN12-UR-000007 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Back up files and directories user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Back up files and directories" user right can circumvent file and directory permissions and could allow access to sensitive data.
SV-53063r2_rule WN12-UR-000011 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Create a pagefile user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Create a pagefile" user right can change the size of a pagefile, which could affect system performance.
SV-52113r3_rule WN12-UR-000012 CCI-002235 HIGH The Create a token object user right must not be assigned to any groups or accounts. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Create a token object" user right allows a process to create an access token. This could be used to provide elevated rights and compromise a system.
SV-52114r3_rule WN12-UR-000013 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Create global objects user right must only be assigned to Administrators, Service, Local Service, and Network Service. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Create global objects" user right can create objects that are available to all sessions, which could affect processes in other users' sessions.
SV-53059r2_rule WN12-UR-000014 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Create permanent shared objects user right must not be assigned to any groups or accounts. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Create permanent shared objects" user right could expose sensitive data by creating shared objects.
SV-53054r3_rule WN12-UR-000015 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Create symbolic links user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Create symbolic links" user right can create pointers to other objects, which could potentially expose the system to attack.
SV-51145r1_rule WN12-UR-000018-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on as a batch job user right on domain controllers must be configured to prevent unauthenticated access. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Deny log on as a batch job" user right defines accounts that are prevented from logging on to the system as a batch job, such as Task Scheduler. The Guests group must be assigned to prevent unauthenticated access.
SV-51146r1_rule WN12-UR-000019-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on as a service user right must be configured to include no accounts or groups (blank) on domain controllers. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Deny log on as a service" user right defines accounts that are denied log on as a service. Incorrect configurations could prevent services from starting and result in a DoS.
SV-51147r1_rule WN12-UR-000020-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on locally user right on domain controllers must be configured to prevent unauthenticated access. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Deny log on locally" user right defines accounts that are prevented from logging on interactively. The Guests group must be assigned this right to prevent unauthenticated access.
SV-51148r1_rule WN12-UR-000021-DC CCI-000213 MEDIUM The Deny log on through Remote Desktop Services user right on domain controllers must be configured to prevent unauthenticated access. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Deny log on through Remote Desktop Services" user right defines the accounts that are prevented from logging on using Remote Desktop Services. The Guests group must be assigned this right to prevent unauthenticated access.
SV-51149r1_rule WN12-UR-000022-DC CCI-002235 MEDIUM Unauthorized accounts must not have the Enable computer and user accounts to be trusted for delegation user right on domain controllers. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Enable computer and user accounts to be trusted for delegation" user right allows the "Trusted for Delegation" setting to be changed. This could potentially allow unauthorized users to impersonate other users.
SV-53050r2_rule WN12-UR-000023 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Force shutdown from a remote system user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Force shutdown from a remote system" user right can remotely shut down a system, which could result in a DoS.
SV-52116r3_rule WN12-UR-000024 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Generate security audits user right must only be assigned to Local Service and Network Service. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Generate security audits" user right specifies users and processes that can generate Security Log audit records, which must only be the system service accounts defined.
SV-52117r3_rule WN12-UR-000025 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Impersonate a client after authentication user right must only be assigned to Administrators, Service, Local Service, and Network Service. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Impersonate a client after authentication" user right allows a program to impersonate another user or account to run on their behalf. An attacker could potentially use this to elevate privileges.
SV-52118r3_rule WN12-UR-000027 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Increase scheduling priority user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Increase scheduling priority" user right can change a scheduling priority causing performance issues or a DoS.
SV-53043r2_rule WN12-UR-000028 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Load and unload device drivers user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Load and unload device drivers" user right allows device drivers to dynamically be loaded on a system by a user. This could potentially be used to install malicious code by an attacker.
SV-52119r3_rule WN12-UR-000029 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Lock pages in memory user right must not be assigned to any groups or accounts. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. The "Lock pages in memory" user right allows physical memory to be assigned to processes, which could cause performance issues or a DoS.
SV-53039r4_rule WN12-UR-000032 CCI-000162 MEDIUM The Manage auditing and security log user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Manage auditing and security log" user right can manage the security log and change auditing configurations. This could be used to clear evidence of tampering.
SV-53029r2_rule WN12-UR-000034 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Modify firmware environment values user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Modify firmware environment values" user right can change hardware configuration environment variables. This could result in hardware failures or a DoS.
SV-53025r2_rule WN12-UR-000035 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Perform volume maintenance tasks user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Perform volume maintenance tasks" user right can manage volume and disk configurations. They could potentially delete volumes, resulting in data loss or a DoS.
SV-53022r2_rule WN12-UR-000036 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Profile single process user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Profile single process" user right can monitor nonsystem processes performance. An attacker could potentially use this to identify processes to attack.
SV-52122r3_rule WN12-UR-000040 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Restore files and directories user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Restore files and directories" user right can circumvent file and directory permissions and could allow access to sensitive data. It could also be used to overwrite more current data.
SV-52123r3_rule WN12-UR-000042 CCI-002235 MEDIUM The Take ownership of files or other objects user right must only be assigned to the Administrators group. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Take ownership of files or other objects" user right can take ownership of objects and make changes.
SV-53013r2_rule WN12-AU-000001 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Account Logon - Credential Validation successes. 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. Credential validation records events related to validation tests on credentials for a user account logon.
SV-53011r2_rule WN12-AU-000002 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Account Logon - Credential Validation failures. 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. Credential validation records events related to validation tests on credentials for a user account logon.
SV-52234r4_rule WN12-AU-000011-DC CCI-000172 MEDIUM Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 domain controllers must be configured to audit Account Management - Computer Account Management successes. 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. Computer Account Management records events such as creating, changing, deleting, renaming, disabling, or enabling computer accounts.
SV-53009r1_rule WN12-AU-000015 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Account Management - Other Account Management Events successes. 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. Other Account Management Events records events such as the access of a password hash or the Password Policy Checking API being called.
SV-53007r2_rule WN12-AU-000017 CCI-000018 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Account Management - Security Group Management successes. 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. Security Group Management records events such as creating, deleting, or changing security groups, including changes in group members.
SV-53003r2_rule WN12-AU-000019 CCI-000018 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Account Management - User Account Management successes. 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. User Account Management records events such as creating, changing, deleting, renaming, disabling, or enabling user accounts.
SV-53001r2_rule WN12-AU-000020 CCI-000018 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Account Management - User Account Management failures. 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. User Account Management records events such as creating, changing, deleting, renaming, disabling, or enabling user accounts.
SV-52999r1_rule WN12-AU-000023 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Detailed Tracking - Process Creation successes. 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. Process Creation records events related to the creation of a process and the source.
SV-52996r2_rule WN12-AU-000045 CCI-000067 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Logon/Logoff - Logoff successes. 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. Logoff records user logoffs. If this is an interactive logoff, it is recorded on the local system. If it is to a network share, it is recorded on the system accessed.
SV-52994r2_rule WN12-AU-000047 CCI-000067 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Logon/Logoff - Logon successes. 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. Logon records user logons. If this is an interactive logon, it is recorded on the local system. If it is to a network share, it is recorded on the system accessed.
SV-52993r2_rule WN12-AU-000048 CCI-000067 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Logon/Logoff - Logon failures. 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. Logon records user logons. If this is an interactive logon, it is recorded on the local system. If it is to a network share, it is recorded on the system accessed.
SV-52987r1_rule WN12-AU-000053 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Logon/Logoff - Special Logon successes. 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. Special Logon records special logons which have administrative privileges and can be used to elevate processes.
SV-52983r1_rule WN12-AU-000085 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Policy Change - Audit Policy Change successes. 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. Audit Policy Change records events related to changes in audit policy.
SV-52982r1_rule WN12-AU-000086 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Policy Change - Audit Policy Change failures. 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. Audit Policy Change records events related to changes in audit policy.
SV-52981r1_rule WN12-AU-000087 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Policy Change - Authentication Policy Change successes. 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. Authentication Policy Change records events related to changes in authentication policy, including Kerberos policy and Trust changes.
SV-52980r1_rule WN12-AU-000101 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Privilege Use - Sensitive Privilege Use successes. 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. Sensitive Privilege Use records events related to use of sensitive privileges, such as "Act as part of the operating system" or "Debug programs".
SV-52979r1_rule WN12-AU-000102 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Privilege Use - Sensitive Privilege Use failures. 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. Sensitive Privilege Use records events related to use of sensitive privileges, such as "Act as part of the operating system" or "Debug programs".
SV-52978r1_rule WN12-AU-000103 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit System - IPsec Driver successes. 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. IPsec Driver records events related to the IPSec Driver such as dropped packets.
SV-52977r1_rule WN12-AU-000104 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit System - IPsec Driver failures. 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. IPsec Driver records events related to the IPsec Driver such as dropped packets.
SV-52976r1_rule WN12-AU-000107 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit System - Security State Change successes. 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. Security State Change records events related to changes in the security state, such as startup and shutdown of the system.
SV-52974r1_rule WN12-AU-000109 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit System - Security System Extension successes. 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. Security System Extension records events related to extension code being loaded by the security subsystem.
SV-52972r1_rule WN12-AU-000111 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit System - System Integrity successes. 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. System Integrity records events related to violations of integrity to the security subsystem.
SV-52971r1_rule WN12-AU-000112 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit System - System Integrity failures. 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. System Integrity records events related to violations of integrity to the security subsystem.
SV-52970r1_rule WN12-CC-000007 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The 6to4 IPv6 transition technology must be disabled. IPv6 transition technologies, which tunnel packets through other protocols, do not provide visibility.
SV-52969r1_rule WN12-CC-000008 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The IP-HTTPS IPv6 transition technology must be disabled. IPv6 transition technologies, which tunnel packets through other protocols, do not provide visibility.
SV-52968r1_rule WN12-CC-000009 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The ISATAP IPv6 transition technology must be disabled. IPv6 transition technologies, which tunnel packets through other protocols, do not provide visibility.
SV-52967r1_rule WN12-CC-000010 CCI-000382 MEDIUM The Teredo IPv6 transition technology must be disabled. IPv6 transition technologies, which tunnel packets through other protocols, do not provide visibility.
SV-52966r2_rule WN12-CC-000084 CCI-001849 MEDIUM The Application event log size must be configured to 32768 KB or greater. Inadequate log size will cause the log to fill up quickly. This may prevent audit events from being recorded properly and require frequent attention by administrative personnel.
SV-52965r2_rule WN12-CC-000085 CCI-001849 MEDIUM The Security event log size must be configured to 196608 KB or greater. Inadequate log size will cause the log to fill up quickly. This may prevent audit events from being recorded properly and require frequent attention by administrative personnel.
SV-52964r2_rule WN12-CC-000086 CCI-001849 MEDIUM The Setup event log size must be configured to 32768 KB or greater. Inadequate log size will cause the log to fill up quickly. This may prevent audit events from being recorded properly and require frequent attention by administrative personnel.
SV-52963r2_rule WN12-CC-000087 CCI-001849 MEDIUM The System event log size must be configured to 32768 KB or greater. Inadequate log size will cause the log to fill up quickly. This may prevent audit events from being recorded properly and require frequent attention by administrative personnel.
SV-52236r2_rule WN12-SV-000100 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Fax service must be disabled if installed. Unnecessary services increase the attack surface of a system. Some of these services may not support required levels of authentication or encryption.ECSC-1
SV-52237r4_rule WN12-SV-000101 CCI-000382 MEDIUM The Microsoft FTP service must not be installed unless required. Unnecessary services increase the attack surface of a system. Some of these services may not support required levels of authentication or encryption.
SV-52238r2_rule WN12-SV-000103 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Peer Networking Identity Manager service must be disabled if installed. Unnecessary services increase the attack surface of a system. Some of these services may not support required levels of authentication or encryption.ECSC-1
SV-52239r2_rule WN12-SV-000104 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Simple TCP/IP Services service must be disabled if installed. Unnecessary services increase the attack surface of a system. Some of these services may not support required levels of authentication or encryption.ECSC-1
SV-52240r2_rule WN12-SV-000105 CCI-000382 MEDIUM The Telnet service must be disabled if installed. Unnecessary services increase the attack surface of a system. Some of these services may not support required levels of authentication or encryption.ECSC-1
SV-52962r1_rule WN12-CC-000023 CCI-000381 LOW Windows must be prevented from sending an error report when a device driver requests additional software during installation. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this capability will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system. This setting will prevent Windows from sending an error report to Microsoft when a device driver requests additional software during installation.
SV-51143r2_rule WN12-UR-000044-DC CCI-002235 MEDIUM Unauthorized accounts must not have the Add workstations to domain user right. Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities. Accounts with the "Add workstations to domain" right may add computers to a domain. This could result in unapproved or incorrectly configured systems being added to a domain.ECLP-1
SV-52961r6_rule WN12-PK-000001 CCI-000185 MEDIUM The DoD Root CA certificates must be installed in the Trusted Root Store. To ensure secure DoD websites and DoD-signed code are properly validated, the system must trust the DoD Root Certificate Authorities (CAs). The DoD root certificates will ensure that the trust chain is established for server certificates issued from the DoD CAs.
SV-52957r6_rule WN12-PK-000003 CCI-000185 MEDIUM The DoD Interoperability Root CA cross-certificates must be installed into the Untrusted Certificates Store on unclassified systems. To ensure users do not experience denial of service when performing certificate-based authentication to DoD websites due to the system chaining to a root other than DoD Root CAs, the DoD Interoperability Root CA cross-certificates must be installed in the Untrusted Certificate Store. This requirement only applies to unclassified systems.
SV-52956r3_rule WN12-RG-000002 CCI-002235 HIGH Standard user accounts must only have Read permissions to the Active Setup\Installed Components registry key. Permissions on the Active Setup\Installed Components registry key must only allow privileged accounts to add or change registry values. If standard user accounts have these permissions, there is a potential for programs to run with elevated privileges when a privileged user logs on to the system.
SV-51151r2_rule WN12-AU-000031-DC CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit DS Access - Directory Service Access successes. 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 detecting 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. Audit directory service access records events related to users accessing an Active Directory object.ECAR-2, ECAR-3
SV-51152r2_rule WN12-AU-000032-DC CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit DS Access - Directory Service Access failures. 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 detecting 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. Audit directory service access records events related to users accessing an Active Directory object.ECAR-2, ECAR-3
SV-51153r2_rule WN12-AU-000035-DC CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit DS Access - Directory Service Changes successes. 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 detecting 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. Audit directory service changes records events related to changes made to objects in Active Directory Domain Services.ECAR-2, ECAR-3
SV-51155r2_rule WN12-AU-000036-DC CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit DS Access - Directory Service Changes failures. 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 detecting 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. Audit directory service changes records events related to changes made to objects in Active Directory Domain Services.ECAR-2, ECAR-3
SV-52954r1_rule WN12-CC-000116 CCI-001812 HIGH The Windows Installer Always install with elevated privileges option 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.
SV-51605r1_rule WN12-CC-000011 CCI-000366 LOW IP stateless autoconfiguration limits state must be enabled. IP stateless autoconfiguration could configure routes that circumvent preferred routes if not limited.ECSC-1
SV-51606r1_rule WN12-CC-000018 CCI-001812 LOW Optional component installation and component repair must be prevented from using Windows Update. Uncontrolled system updates can introduce issues to a system. Obtaining update components from an outside source may also potentially provide sensitive information outside of the enterprise. Optional component installation or repair must be obtained from an internal source.ECSC-1
SV-51607r1_rule WN12-CC-000025 CCI-001812 LOW Device driver updates must only search managed servers, not Windows Update. Uncontrolled system updates can introduce issues to a system. Obtaining update components from an outside source may also potentially provide sensitive information outside of the enterprise. Device driver updates must be obtained from an internal source.ECSC-1
SV-51608r1_rule WN12-CC-000027 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Early Launch Antimalware, Boot-Start Driver Initialization Policy must be enabled and configured to only Good and Unknown. Compromised boot drivers can introduce malware prior to some protection mechanisms that load after initialization. The Early Launch Antimalware driver can limit allowed drivers based on classifications determined by the malware protection application. At a minimum, drivers determined to be bad must not be allowed.ECVP-1
SV-51609r2_rule WN12-CC-000030 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Access to the Windows Store must be turned off. Uncontrolled installation of applications can introduce various issues, including system instability, and allow access to sensitive information. Installation of applications must be controlled by the enterprise. Turning off access to the Windows Store will limit access to publicly available applications.
SV-51610r1_rule WN12-CC-000048 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Copying of user input methods to the system account for sign-in must be prevented. Allowing different input methods for sign-in could open different avenues of attack. User input methods must be restricted to those enabled for the system account at sign-in.ECSC-1
SV-51611r1_rule WN12-CC-000051 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Local users on domain-joined computers must not be enumerated. The username is one part of logon credentials that could be used to gain access to a system. Preventing the enumeration of users limits this information to authorized personnel.ECSC-1
SV-51612r1_rule WN12-CC-000052 CCI-000381 MEDIUM App notifications on the lock screen must be turned off. App notifications that are displayed on the lock screen could display sensitive information to unauthorized personnel. Turning off this feature will limit access to the information to a logged on user.ECSC-1
SV-51737r2_rule WN12-CC-000065 CCI-000381 LOW The detection of compatibility issues for applications and drivers must be turned off. Some features may communicate with the vendor, sending system information or downloading data or components for the feature. Turning off this feature will prevent potentially sensitive information from being sent outside the enterprise and uncontrolled updates to the system.
SV-51738r1_rule WN12-CC-000070 CCI-000366 LOW Trusted app installation must be enabled to allow for signed enterprise line of business apps. Enabling trusted app installation allows for enterprise line of business Windows 8 type apps. A trusted app package is one that is signed with a certificate chain that can be successfully validated in the enterprise. Configuring this ensures enterprise line of business apps are accessible.ECSC-1
SV-51739r1_rule WN12-CC-000075 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The use of biometrics must be disabled. Allowing biometrics may bypass required authentication methods. Biometrics may only be used as an additional authentication factor where an enhanced strength of identity credential is necessary or desirable. Additional factors must be met per DoD policy.IAIA-1
SV-51740r1_rule WN12-CC-000076 CCI-000206 MEDIUM The password reveal button must not be displayed. Visible passwords may be seen by nearby persons, compromising them. The password reveal button can be used to display an entered password and must not be allowed.IAIA-1
SV-51747r4_rule WN12-CC-000088 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows SmartScreen must be enabled on Windows 2012/2012 R2. Windows SmartScreen helps protect systems from programs downloaded from the Internet that may be malicious. Warning a user before running downloaded unknown software, at minimum, will help prevent potentially malicious programs from executing.
SV-51748r2_rule WN12-CC-000095 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The location feature must be turned off. The location service on systems may allow sensitive data to be used by applications on the system. This should be turned off unless explicitly allowed for approved systems/applications.
SV-51749r1_rule WN12-CC-000106 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Basic authentication for RSS feeds over HTTP must be turned off. Basic authentication uses plain text passwords that could be used to compromise a system.ECSC-1
SV-51752r1_rule WN12-CC-000123 CCI-000877 HIGH The Windows Remote Management (WinRM) client must not use Basic authentication. Basic authentication uses plain text passwords that could be used to compromise a system.IAIA-1
SV-51753r2_rule WN12-CC-000124 CCI-002890 MEDIUM The Windows Remote Management (WinRM) client must not allow unencrypted traffic. Unencrypted remote access to a system can allow sensitive information to be compromised. Windows remote management connections must be encrypted to prevent this.
SV-51754r1_rule WN12-CC-000125 CCI-000877 MEDIUM The Windows Remote Management (WinRM) client must not use Digest authentication. Digest authentication is not as strong as other options and may be subject to man-in-the-middle attacks.IAIA-1
SV-51755r2_rule WN12-CC-000126 CCI-000877 HIGH The Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service must not use Basic authentication. Basic authentication uses plain text passwords that could be used to compromise a system.
SV-51756r2_rule WN12-CC-000127 CCI-002890 MEDIUM The Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service must not allow unencrypted traffic. Unencrypted remote access to a system can allow sensitive information to be compromised. Windows remote management connections must be encrypted to prevent this.
SV-51757r1_rule WN12-CC-000128 CCI-002038 MEDIUM The Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service must not store RunAs credentials. Storage of administrative credentials could allow unauthorized access. Disallowing the storage of RunAs credentials for Windows Remote Management will prevent them from being used with plug-ins.ECLP-1
SV-51596r2_rule WN12-SO-000021 CCI-000057 MEDIUM The machine inactivity limit must be set to 15 minutes, locking the system with the screensaver. Unattended systems are susceptible to unauthorized use and should be locked when unattended. The screen saver should be set at a maximum of 15 minutes and be password protected. This protects critical and sensitive data from exposure to unauthorized personnel with physical access to the computer.
SV-52165r2_rule WN12-SV-000106 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Smart Card Removal Policy service must be configured to automatic. The automatic start of the Smart Card Removal Policy service is required to support the smart card removal behavior requirement.ECSC-1
SV-52196r5_rule WN12-PK-000004 CCI-000185 MEDIUM The US DoD CCEB Interoperability Root CA cross-certificates must be installed into the Untrusted Certificates Store on unclassified systems. To ensure users do not experience denial of service when performing certificate-based authentication to DoD websites due to the system chaining to a root other than DoD Root CAs, the US DoD CCEB Interoperability Root CA cross-certificates must be installed in the Untrusted Certificate Store. This requirement only applies to unclassified systems.
SV-56344r3_rule WN12-CC-000139 CCI-000135 MEDIUM Windows 2012 R2 must include command line data in process creation events. 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. Enabling "Include command line data for process creation events" will record the command line information with the process creation events in the log. This can provide additional detail when malware has run on a system.
SV-72043r1_rule WN12-AU-000089 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The system must be configured to audit Policy Change - Authorization Policy Change successes. 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. Authorization Policy Change records events related to changes in user rights, such as Create a token object.
SV-72049r2_rule WN12-SO-000092 CCI-000186 MEDIUM Users must be required to enter a password to access private keys stored on the computer. If the private key is discovered, an attacker can use the key to authenticate as an authorized user and gain access to the network infrastructure. The cornerstone of the PKI is the private key used to encrypt or digitally sign information. If the private key is stolen, this will lead to the compromise of the authentication and non-repudiation gained through PKI because the attacker can use the private key to digitally sign documents and pretend to be the authorized user. Both the holders of a digital certificate and the issuing authority must protect the computers, storage devices, or whatever they use to keep the private keys.
SV-72135r2_rule WN12-AU-000213 CCI-001494 MEDIUM Event Viewer must be protected from unauthorized modification and deletion. Protecting audit information also includes identifying and protecting the tools used to view and manipulate log data. Therefore, protecting audit tools is necessary to prevent unauthorized operation on audit information. Operating systems providing tools to interface with audit information will leverage user permissions and roles identifying the user accessing the tools and the corresponding rights the user enjoys in order to make access decisions regarding the modification or deletion of audit tools.
SV-88193r2_rule WN12-00-000170 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Server Message Block (SMB) v1 protocol must be disabled on the SMB server. SMBv1 is a legacy protocol that uses the MD5 algorithm as part of SMB. MD5 is known to be vulnerable to a number of attacks such as collision and preimage attacks as well as not being FIPS compliant. Disabling SMBv1 support may prevent access to file or print sharing resources with systems or devices that only support SMBv1. File shares and print services hosted on Windows Server 2003 are an example, however Windows Server 2003 is no longer a supported operating system. Some older network attached devices may only support SMBv1.
SV-88205r2_rule WN12-00-000180 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Server Message Block (SMB) v1 protocol must be disabled on the SMB client. SMBv1 is a legacy protocol that uses the MD5 algorithm as part of SMB. MD5 is known to be vulnerable to a number of attacks such as collision and preimage attacks as well as not being FIPS compliant. Disabling SMBv1 support may prevent access to file or print sharing resources with systems or devices that only support SMBv1. File shares and print services hosted on Windows Server 2003 are an example, however Windows Server 2003 is no longer a supported operating system. Some older network attached devices may only support SMBv1.
SV-88471r2_rule WN12-00-000160 CCI-000381 MEDIUM The Server Message Block (SMB) v1 protocol must be disabled on Windows 2012 R2. SMBv1 is a legacy protocol that uses the MD5 algorithm as part of SMB. MD5 is known to be vulnerable to a number of attacks such as collision and preimage attacks as well as not being FIPS compliant. Disabling SMBv1 support may prevent access to file or print sharing resources with systems or devices that only support SMBv1. File shares and print services hosted on Windows Server 2003 are an example, however Windows Server 2003 is no longer a supported operating system. Some older network attached devices may only support SMBv1.
SV-92765r2_rule WN12-AU-000030 CCI-000172 MEDIUM Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 must be configured to audit Logon/Logoff - Account Lockout successes. 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. Account Lockout events can be used to identify potentially malicious logon attempts.
SV-92769r2_rule WN12-AU-000031 CCI-000172 MEDIUM Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 must be configured to audit Logon/Logoff - Account Lockout failures. 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. Account Lockout events can be used to identify potentially malicious logon attempts.
SV-92773r2_rule WN12-AU-000105 CCI-000172 MEDIUM Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 must be configured to audit System - Other System Events successes. 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. Audit Other System Events records information related to cryptographic key operations and the Windows Firewall service.
SV-92781r2_rule WN12-AU-000106 CCI-000172 MEDIUM Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 must be configured to audit System - Other System Events failures. 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. Audit Other System Events records information related to cryptographic key operations and the Windows Firewall service.
SV-95185r1_rule WN12-00-000220 CCI-000381 MEDIUM Windows PowerShell 2.0 must not be installed on Windows 2012/2012 R2. Windows PowerShell versions 4.0 (with a patch) and 5.x add advanced logging features that can provide additional detail when malware has been run on a system. Ensuring Windows PowerShell 2.0 is not installed as well mitigates against a downgrade attack that evades the advanced logging features of later Windows PowerShell versions.