5.12 Ensure 'Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service (MSiSCSI)' is set to 'Disabled'

Information

Manages Internet SCSI (iSCSI) sessions from this computer to remote target devices.

The recommended state for this setting is: Disabled.

Rationale:

This service is critically necessary in order to directly attach to an iSCSI device. However, iSCSI itself uses a very weak authentication protocol (CHAP), which means that the passwords for iSCSI communication are easily exposed, unless all of the traffic is isolated and/or encrypted using another technology like IPsec. This service is generally more appropriate for servers in a controlled environment then on workstations requiring high security.

Impact:

The computer will not be able to directly login to or access iSCSI targets.

Solution

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

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\System Services\Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service

Default Value:

Manual

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: 85926073f42fd03dbe23564b6f03097711f1a7144d9481209b2fea116e51910e