WG130 W22 - All utility programs, not necessary for operations, must be removed or disabled.
Just as running unneeded services and protocols is a danger to the web server at the lower levels of the OSI model, running unneeded utilities and programs is also a danger at the application layer of the OSI model. Office suites, development tools, and graphical editors are examples of such programs that are troublesome. Individual productivity tools have no legitimate place or use on an enterprise, production web server and they are also prone to their own security risks. NOTE: Nessus has provided the target output to assist in reviewing the benchmark to ensure target compliance.
Install only web support software on the web server. When other processes are supported by the web server, ensure that a risk assessment has been performed and documented. If a database server is installed on the same platform as the web server, it must be on a separate drive or partition. Remove all unnecessary applications and programs.