AIOS-12-004500 - Apple iOS must not allow backup to remote systems (iCloud Photo Sharing, also known as Shared Photo Streams).


When 'Allow iCloud Photos' is enabled, sensitive photos will be uploaded automatically to Apple-specified servers and available on the Apple IOS devices of other users who have accepted invitations to participate in iCloud Photo Sharing. This potentially places sensitive photos on a server outside of DoD's control and potentially makes them available to non-DoD users and devices. Disabling iCloud Photo Sharing mitigates this risk.

Note: If the AO has approved the use/storage of DoD data in one or more personal (unmanaged) apps, allowing unrestricted activity by the user in downloading and installing personal (unmanaged) apps on the iOS 12 device may not be warranted due to the risk of possible loss of or unauthorized access to DoD data.



Install a configuration profile to disable 'Allow iCloud Photos'.

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References: 800-53|CM-6(1), 800-53|CM-6b., 800-53|CM-7(1)(b), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000366, CCI|CCI-000370, CCI|CCI-001761, Rule-ID|SV-237252r852623_rule, STIG-ID|AIOS-12-004500, STIG-Legacy|SV-96503, STIG-Legacy|V-81789, Vuln-ID|V-237252

Plugin: MDM

Control ID: ef868135d3f84a30630773cd8792393e82020cda854a10e4a83ace9709bee810