5.5 Ensure 'Geolocation Service (lfsvc)' is set to 'Disabled'

Information

This service monitors the current location of the system and manages geofences (a geographical location with associated events).

The recommended state for this setting is: Disabled.

Rationale:

This setting affects the location feature (e.g. GPS or other location tracking). From a security perspective, it's not a good idea to reveal your location to software in most cases, but there are legitimate uses, such as mapping software. However, they should not be used in high security environments.

Impact:

Applications will be unable to use or receive notifications for geolocation or geofences.

Solution

To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to: Disabled.

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\System Services\Geolocation Service

Default Value:

Manual (Trigger Start)

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/3714

Item Details

Category: CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT

References: 800-53|CM-7, CSCv6|9.1, CSCv7|9.2

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 7d953b2cdae571347d413767706b9b64f9ce9706c5dbd7f93a86fe11b99a109e