Cisco IOS XE Release 3 NDM Security Technical Implementation Guide

This Security Technical Implementation Guide is published as a tool to improve the security of Department of Defense (DoD) information systems. The requirements are derived from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 and related documents. Comments or proposed revisions to this document should be sent via email to the following address: [email protected]

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Version / Release: V1R5

Published: 2018-12-20

Updated At: 2019-01-27 11:43:21

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    SV-88635r2_rule CISR-ND-000001 CCI-000054 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must limit the number of concurrent SSH sessions to an organization-defined number. Device management includes the ability to control the number of administrators and management sessions that manage a device. Limiting the number of allowed administrators and sessions per administrator is helpful in limiting risks related to DoS attacks.
    SV-88637r2_rule CISR-ND-000006 CCI-000015 HIGH The Cisco IOS XE router must use an authentication server for the purpose of granting administrative access. All accounts used for access to the network device are privileged or system-level accounts. Therefore, if account management functions are not automatically enforced, an attacker could gain privileged access to a vital element of the network security arch
    SV-88639r2_rule CISR-ND-000009 CCI-000018 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must automatically audit account creation. Upon gaining access to a network device, an attacker will often first attempt to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is to create a new account. Notification of account creation helps to mitigate this risk. Audi
    SV-88641r2_rule CISR-ND-000010 CCI-001403 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must automatically audit account modification. Since the accounts in the network device are privileged or system-level accounts, account management is vital to the security of the network device. Account management by a designated authority ensures access to the network device is being controlled in a
    SV-88643r2_rule CISR-ND-000012 CCI-001405 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must automatically audit account removal. Account management, as a whole, ensures access to the network device is being controlled in a secure manner by granting access to only authorized personnel. Auditing account removal actions will support account management procedures. When device managemen
    SV-88645r2_rule CISR-ND-000014 CCI-001368 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must enforce approved authorizations for controlling the flow of management information within the router based on information flow control policies. A mechanism to detect and prevent unauthorized communication flow must be configured or provided as part of the system design. If management information flow is not enforced based on approved authorizations, the network device may become compromised. Info
    SV-88647r3_rule CISR-ND-000015 CCI-000044 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must enforce the limit of three consecutive invalid logon attempts by a user during a 15-minute time period. By limiting the number of failed login attempts, the risk of unauthorized system access via user password guessing, otherwise known as brute-forcing, is reduced.
    SV-88649r2_rule CISR-ND-000016 CCI-000048 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must display the Standard Mandatory DoD Notice and Consent Banner before granting access to the device. Display of the DoD-approved use notification before granting access to the network device ensures privacy and security notification verbiage used is consistent with applicable federal laws, Executive Orders, directives, policies, regulations, standards, a
    SV-88651r2_rule CISR-ND-000017 CCI-000050 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must retain the Standard Mandatory DoD Notice and Consent Banner on the screen until the administrator acknowledges the usage conditions and takes explicit actions to log on for further access. The banner must be acknowledged by the administrator prior to the device allowing the administrator access to the network device. This provides assurance that the administrator has seen the message and accepted the conditions for access. If the consent ba
    SV-88653r2_rule CISR-ND-000021 CCI-000166 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must protect against an individual (or process acting on behalf of an individual) falsely denying having performed organization-defined actions to be covered by non-repudiation. This requirement supports non-repudiation of actions taken by an administrator and is required in order to maintain the integrity of the configuration management process. All configuration changes to the network device are logged, and administrators authe
    SV-88655r2_rule CISR-ND-000023 CCI-000169 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must provide audit record generation capability for DoD-defined auditable events within the router. Without the capability to generate audit records, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit records can be generated from various components within the
    SV-88657r2_rule CISR-ND-000024 CCI-000171 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must allow only the ISSM (or individuals or roles appointed by the ISSM) to select which auditable events are to be audited. Without the capability to restrict which roles and individuals can select which events are audited, unauthorized personnel may be able to prevent the auditing of critical events. Misconfigured audits may degrade the system's performance by overwhelming th
    SV-88659r2_rule CISR-ND-000025 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records when successful/unsuccessful attempts to access privileges occur. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit reco
    SV-88661r2_rule CISR-ND-000026 CCI-001464 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must initiate session auditing upon startup. If auditing is enabled late in the start-up process, the actions of some start-up processes may not be audited. Some audit systems also maintain state information only available if auditing is enabled before a given process is created.
    SV-88663r2_rule CISR-ND-000027 CCI-000130 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must produce audit log records containing sufficient information to establish what type of event occurred. It is essential for security personnel to know what is being done, what was attempted, where it was done, when it was done, and by whom it was done in order to compile an accurate risk assessment. Associating event types with detected events in the applic
    SV-88665r2_rule CISR-ND-000028 CCI-000131 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must produce audit records containing information to establish when (date and time) the events occurred. It is essential for security personnel to know what is being done, what was attempted, where it was done, when it was done, and by whom it was done in order to compile an accurate risk assessment. Logging the date and time of each detected event provides
    SV-88667r2_rule CISR-ND-000029 CCI-000132 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must produce audit records containing information to establish where the events occurred. In order to compile an accurate risk assessment and provide forensic analysis, it is essential for security personnel to know where events occurred, such as device hardware components, device software modules, session identifiers, filenames, host names, a
    SV-88669r2_rule CISR-ND-000030 CCI-000133 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must produce audit log records containing information to establish the source of events. In order to compile an accurate risk assessment and provide forensic analysis, it is essential for security personnel to know the source of the event. The source may be a component, module, or process within the device or an external session, administrat
    SV-88671r2_rule CISR-ND-000031 CCI-000134 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must produce audit records that contain information to establish the outcome of the event. Without information about the outcome of events, security personnel cannot make an accurate assessment as to whether an attack was successful or if changes were made to the security state of the system. Event outcomes can include indicators of event succ
    SV-88673r2_rule CISR-ND-000032 CCI-001487 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records containing information that establishes the identity of any individual or process associated with the event. Without information that establishes the identity of the subjects (i.e., administrators or processes acting on behalf of administrators) associated with the events, security personnel cannot determine responsibility for the potentially harmful event. Eve
    SV-88675r2_rule CISR-ND-000033 CCI-000135 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records containing the full-text recording of privileged commands. Reconstruction of harmful events or forensic analysis is not possible if audit records do not contain enough information. Organizations consider limiting the additional audit information to only that information explicitly needed for specific audit requ
    SV-88677r2_rule CISR-ND-000036 CCI-000159 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must use internal system clocks to generate time stamps for audit records. In order to determine what is happening within the network infrastructure or to resolve and trace an attack, the network device must support the organization's capability to correlate the audit log data from multiple network devices to acquire a clear und
    SV-88679r2_rule CISR-ND-000043 CCI-001348 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must off load audit records via syslog so the audit records can be backed up every seven days. Protection of log data includes assuring log data is not accidentally lost or deleted. Regularly backing up audit records to a different system or onto separate media than the system being audited helps to assure, in the event of a catastrophic system fai
    SV-88681r3_rule CISR-ND-000047 CCI-000382 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must be configured to prohibit the use of all unnecessary or non-secure ports, protocols, or services. In order to prevent unauthorized connection of devices, unauthorized transfer of information, or unauthorized tunneling (i.e., embedding of data types within data types), organizations must disable unused or unnecessary physical and logical ports/protocol
    SV-88683r2_rule CISR-ND-000049 CCI-001358 HIGH The Cisco IOS XE router must have a single local account that will only be used as an account of last resort with full access to the network device. Authentication for administrative (privileged level) access to the device is required at all times. An account can be created on the device's local database for use in an emergency, such as when the authentication server is down or connectivity between th
    SV-88685r2_rule CISR-ND-000055 CCI-000205 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must enforce a minimum 15-character password length. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password length is one factor of several that helps to determine strength and how long it takes to crack a passwor
    SV-88687r2_rule CISR-ND-000057 CCI-000192 MEDIUM If multifactor authentication is not supported and passwords must be used, the Cisco IOS XE router must enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one upper-case character be used. Use of a complex passwords helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Passwor
    SV-88689r2_rule CISR-ND-000058 CCI-000193 MEDIUM If multifactor authentication is not supported and passwords must be used, the Cisco IOS XE router must enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one lower-case character be used. Use of a complex password helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password
    SV-88691r2_rule CISR-ND-000059 CCI-000194 MEDIUM If multifactor authentication is not supported and passwords must be used, the Cisco IOS XE router must enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one numeric character be used. Use of a complex password helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password
    SV-88693r2_rule CISR-ND-000060 CCI-001619 MEDIUM If multifactor authentication is not supported and passwords must be used, the Cisco IOS XE router must enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one special character be used. Use of a complex password helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password
    SV-88695r2_rule CISR-ND-000061 CCI-000195 MEDIUM If multifactor authentication is not supported and passwords must be used, the CCisco IOS XE router must require that when a password is changed, the characters are changed in at least eight of the positions within the password. If the application allows the user to consecutively reuse extensive portions of passwords, this increases the chances of password compromise by increasing the window of opportunity for attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. The number of changed c
    SV-88697r2_rule CISR-ND-000062 CCI-000196 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must store only encrypted representations of passwords. Passwords need to be protected at all times, and encryption is the standard method for protecting passwords. If passwords are not encrypted, they can be plainly read (i.e., clear text) and easily compromised. Network devices must enforce password encrypt
    SV-88699r2_rule CISR-ND-000065 CCI-000199 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must enforce a 60-day maximum password lifetime restriction. Any password, no matter how complex, can eventually be cracked. Therefore, passwords need to be changed at specific intervals. One method of minimizing this risk is to use complex passwords and periodically change them. If the network device does not li
    SV-88701r2_rule CISR-ND-000071 CCI-001133 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must terminate all network connections associated with a device management session at the end of the session, or the session must be terminated after 10 minutes of inactivity except to fulfill documented and validated mission requirements. Terminating an idle session within a short time period reduces the window of opportunity for unauthorized personnel to take control of a management session enabled on the console or console port that has been left unattended. In addition, quickly terminat
    SV-88703r2_rule CISR-ND-000077 CCI-001314 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must reveal error messages only to authorized individuals (ISSO, ISSM, and SA). Only authorized personnel should be aware of errors and the details of the errors. Error messages are an indicator of an organization's operational state. Additionally, sensitive account information must not be revealed through error messages to unauthori
    SV-88705r2_rule CISR-ND-000083 CCI-002361 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must automatically terminate a network administrator session after organization-defined conditions or trigger events requiring session disconnect. Automatic session termination addresses the termination of administrator-initiated logical sessions in contrast to the termination of network connections that are associated with communications sessions (i.e., network disconnect). A logical session (for l
    SV-88707r2_rule CISR-ND-000087 CCI-002130 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must automatically audit account enabling actions. Once an attacker establishes initial access to a system, the attacker often attempts to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is for the attacker to simply enable a new or disabled account. Notification of account
    SV-88709r2_rule CISR-ND-000093 CCI-002234 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must audit the execution of privileged functions. Misuse of privileged functions, either intentionally or unintentionally by authorized users, or by unauthorized external entities that have compromised information system accounts, is a serious and ongoing concern and can have significant adverse impacts
    SV-88711r2_rule CISR-ND-000096 CCI-001914 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must provide the capability for organization-identified individuals or roles to change the auditing to be performed based on all selectable event criteria within near-real-time. If authorized individuals do not have the ability to modify auditing parameters in response to a changing threat environment, the organization may not be able to effectively respond, and important forensic information may be lost. This requirement enable
    SV-88713r2_rule CISR-ND-000097 CCI-001849 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must allocate audit record storage capacity in accordance with organization-defined audit record storage requirements. In order to ensure network devices have a sufficient storage capacity in which to write the audit logs, they need to be able to allocate audit record storage capacity. The task of allocating audit record storage capacity is usually performed during initi
    SV-88715r2_rule CISR-ND-000100 CCI-001891 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must compare internal information system clocks at least every 24 hours with an authoritative time server. Inaccurate time stamps make it more difficult to correlate events and can lead to an inaccurate analysis. Determining the correct time a particular event occurred on a system is critical when conducting forensic analysis and investigating system events. S
    SV-88717r2_rule CISR-ND-000101 CCI-002046 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must synchronize internal information system clocks to the authoritative time source when the time difference is greater than the organization-defined time period. Inaccurate time stamps make it more difficult to correlate events and can lead to an inaccurate analysis. Determining the correct time a particular event occurred on a system is critical when conducting forensic analysis and investigating system events.
    SV-88719r2_rule CISR-ND-000102 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must be configured to synchronize internal information system clocks with the primary and secondary time sources located in different geographic regions using redundant authoritative time sources. The loss of connectivity to a particular authoritative time source will result in the loss of time synchronization (free-run mode) and increasingly inaccurate time stamps on audit events and other functions. Multiple time sources provide redundancy by i
    SV-88721r2_rule CISR-ND-000103 CCI-001890 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must record time stamps for audit records that can be mapped to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). If time stamps are not consistently applied and there is no common time reference, it is difficult to perform forensic analysis. Time stamps generated by the application include date and time. Time is commonly expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC
    SV-88723r2_rule CISR-ND-000104 CCI-001889 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must record time stamps for audit records that meet a granularity of one second for a minimum degree of precision. Without sufficient granularity of time stamps, it is not possible to adequately determine the chronological order of records. Time stamps generated by the application include date and time. Granularity of time measurements refers to the degree of synchron
    SV-88725r2_rule CISR-ND-000112 CCI-001967 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must authenticate network management, SNMP, and NTP endpoint devices before establishing a local, remote, and/or network connection using bidirectional authentication that is cryptographically based. Without authenticating devices, unidentified or unknown devices may be introduced, thereby facilitating malicious activity. Bidirectional authentication provides stronger safeguards to validate the identity of other devices for connections that are of gre
    SV-88727r2_rule CISR-ND-000117 CCI-002890 MEDIUM Applications used for nonlocal maintenance sessions must implement cryptographic mechanisms to protect the integrity of nonlocal maintenance and diagnostic communications. This requires the use of secure protocols instead of their unsecured counterparts, such as SSH instead of telnet, SCP instead of FTP, and HTTPS instead of HTTP. If unsecured protocols (lacking cryptographic mechanisms) are used for sessions, the contents
    SV-88729r2_rule CISR-ND-000118 CCI-003123 MEDIUM Applications used for nonlocal maintenance sessions must implement cryptographic mechanisms to protect the confidentiality of nonlocal maintenance and diagnostic communications. This requires the use of secure protocols instead of their unsecured counterparts, such as SSH instead of telnet, SCP instead of FTP, and HTTPS instead of HTTP. If unsecured protocols (lacking cryptographic mechanisms) are used for sessions, the contents
    SV-88731r2_rule CISR-ND-000119 CCI-002385 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must protect against or limit the effects of all known types of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks on network device management network by employing organization-defined security safeguards. DoS is a condition when a resource is not available for legitimate users. When this occurs, the organization either cannot accomplish its mission or must operate at degraded capacity. This requirement addresses the configuration of network devices to mit
    SV-88733r2_rule CISR-ND-000120 CCI-000366 MEDIUM If the Cisco IOS XE router uses mandatory access control, the Cisco IOS XE router must enforce organization-defined mandatory access control policies over all subjects and objects. Mandatory access control policies constrain what actions subjects can take with information obtained from data objects for which they have already been granted access, thus preventing the subjects from passing the information to unauthorized subjects and
    SV-88735r2_rule CISR-ND-000121 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records when successful/unsuccessful attempts to modify administrator privileges occur. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit recor
    SV-88737r2_rule CISR-ND-000122 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records when successful/unsuccessful attempts to delete administrator privileges occur. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit recor
    SV-88739r2_rule CISR-ND-000123 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records when successful/unsuccessful logon attempts occur. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit recor
    SV-88741r2_rule CISR-ND-000124 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records for privileged activities or other system-level access. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit recor
    SV-88743r2_rule CISR-ND-000125 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records showing starting and ending time for administrator access to the system. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit reco
    SV-88745r2_rule CISR-ND-000126 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records when concurrent logons from different workstations occur. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit recor
    SV-88747r2_rule CISR-ND-000127 CCI-000172 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit records for all account creations, modifications, disabling, and termination events. Without generating audit records that are specific to the security and mission needs of the organization, it would be difficult to establish, correlate, and investigate the events relating to an incident or identify those responsible for one. Audit recor
    SV-88749r2_rule CISR-ND-000128 CCI-001851 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must off-load audit records onto a different system or media than the system being audited. Information stored in one location is vulnerable to accidental or incidental deletion or alteration. Off-loading is a common process in information systems with limited audit storage capacity.
    SV-88751r3_rule CISR-ND-000132 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must generate audit log events for a locally developed list of auditable events. Auditing and logging are key components of any security architecture. Logging the actions of specific events provides a means to investigate an attack; to recognize resource utilization or capacity thresholds; or to identify an improperly configured netwo
    SV-88753r2_rule CISR-ND-000134 CCI-000366 MEDIUM Administrative accounts for device management must be configured on the authentication server and not the Cisco IOS XE router itself (except for the emergency administration account). The use of authentication servers or other centralized management servers for providing centralized authentication services is required for network device management. Maintaining local administrator accounts for daily usage on each network device without
    SV-88755r2_rule CISR-ND-000138 CCI-000366 LOW The Cisco IOS XE router must support organizational requirements to conduct backups of system level information contained in the information system when changes occur or weekly, whichever is sooner. System-level information includes default and customized settings and security attributes, including ACLs that relate to the network device configuration, as well as software required for the execution and operation of the device. Information system backu
    SV-88757r2_rule CISR-ND-000141 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must obtain its public key certificates from an appropriate certificate policy through an approved service provider. For user certificates, each organization obtains certificates from an approved, shared service provider, as required by OMB policy. For federal agencies operating a legacy public key infrastructure cross-certified with the Federal Bridge Certification Aut
    SV-88759r2_rule CISR-ND-000142 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must be configured to send log data to a syslog server for the purpose of forwarding alerts to the administrators and the ISSO. Once an attacker establishes initial access to a system, the attacker often attempts to create a persistent method of reestablishing access. One way to accomplish this is for the attacker to simply create a new account. Notification of account creation is
    SV-88761r2_rule CISR-ND-000143 CCI-000366 MEDIUM The Cisco IOS XE router must be configured to send SNMP traps and notifications to the SNMP manager for the purpose of sending alarms and notifying appropriate personnel as required by specific events. If appropriate actions are not taken when a network device failure occurs, a denial of service condition may occur which could result in mission failure since the network would be operating without a critical security monitoring and prevention function. U