EX13-CA-000110 - Exchange must have the Microsoft Active Sync directory removed.


To reduce the vectors through which a server can be attacked, unneeded application components should be disabled or removed. By default, a virtual directory is installed for Active Sync, and the Exchange application default has Active Sync disabled.

If an attacker were to intrude into an Exchange CA server and reactivate Active Sync, this attack vector could once again be open, provided the virtual directory is present.

Once removed, the Active Sync functionality cannot be used without restoring the virtual directory, not a trivial process.


Open an Exchange Command Shell and enter the following command:

Remove-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory <ServerName>\Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync -Confirm $true

Note: The physical directory must also be deleted.

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References: 800-53|CM-7a., CAT|III, CCI|CCI-000381, Rule-ID|SV-234786r617299_rule, STIG-ID|EX13-CA-000110, STIG-Legacy|SV-84381, STIG-Legacy|V-69759, Vuln-ID|V-234786

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: adab0682f7775f506f96e6e93b30d728417ca4e6bf944e03c9cd81df221d8f66