5.21 (L2) Ensure 'Remote Registry (RemoteRegistry)' is set to 'Disabled'

Information

Enables remote users to modify registry settings on this computer.
The recommended state for this setting is: Disabled.

Rationale:
In a high security environment, exposing the registry to remote access is an increased security risk.

Solution

To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to: Disabled.
Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\System Services\Remote Registry

Impact:
The registry can be modified only by users on the computer.
Note: Many remote administration tools, such as System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), require the Remote Registry service to be operational for remote management. In addition, many vulnerability scanners use this service to access the registry remotely.

Default Value:
Windows 7: Manual
Windows 8.0 and newer: Disabled

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/2754

Item Details

Category: SYSTEM AND INFORMATION INTEGRITY

References: 800-53|SI-4, CSCv6|9.1, CSCv7|9.2

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: a6801ab73afff46c271186e585d86bdc56d813f4d79673dfcc1b6ee71cea1dc9