CISC-L2-000010 - The Cisco switch must be configured to disable non-essential capabilities - no ip boot server

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A compromised switch introduces risk to the entire network infrastructure as well as data resources that are accessible via the network. The perimeter defense has no oversight or control of attacks by malicious users within the network. Preventing network breaches from within is dependent on implementing a comprehensive defense-in-depth strategy, including securing each device connected to the network. This is accomplished by following and implementing all security guidance applicable for each node type. A fundamental step in securing each switch is to enable only the capabilities required for operation.


Disable the following services if enabled as shown in the example below:

SW2(config)#no boot network
SW2(config)#no ip boot server
SW2(config)#no ip bootp server
SW2(config)#no ip dns server
SW2(config)#no ip identd
SW2(config)#no ip finger
SW2(config)#no ip http server
SW2(config)#no ip rcmd rcp-enable
SW2(config)#no ip rcmd rsh-enable
SW2(config)#no service config
SW2(config)#no service finger
SW2(config)#no service tcp-small-servers
SW2(config)#no service udp-small-servers
SW2(config)#no service pad

See Also

Item Details

References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000381, Rule-ID|SV-220622r539671_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-L2-000010, STIG-Legacy|SV-110215, STIG-Legacy|V-101111, Vuln-ID|V-220622

Plugin: Cisco

Control ID: 2cc4e92cc1c718bdd5f66fe7d23f17a826bb4bb3991f7c319e11f91ee98e0868