InformationThe IAVM process does not address all patches that have been identified for the host operating system or, in this case, the web server software environment. Many vendors have subscription services available to notify users of known security threats. The site needs to be aware of these fixes and make determinations based on local policy and what software features are installed, if these patches need to be applied.
In some cases, patches also apply to middleware and database systems. Maintaining the security of web servers requires frequent reviews of security notices. Many security notices mandate the installation of a software patch to overcome security vulnerabilities.
SAs and ISSOs should regularly check the vendor support web site for patches and information related to the web server software. All applicable security patches will be applied to the operating system and to the web server software. Security patches are deemed applicable if the product is installed, even if it is not used or is disabled.
NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.
SolutionEstablish a detailed process as part of the configuration management plan to stay compliant with all web server security-related patches.