EX16-ED-000620 - Exchange software must be installed on a separate partition from the OS.

Information

In the same way that added security layers can provide a cumulative positive effect on security posture, multiple applications can provide a cumulative negative effect. A vulnerability and subsequent exploit to one application can lead to an exploit of other applications sharing the same security context. For example, an exploit to a web server process that leads to unauthorized administrative access to the host system can most likely lead to a compromise of all applications hosted by the same system.

Email services should be installed on a partition that does not host other applications. Email services should never be installed on a Domain Controller/Directory Services server.

Solution

Update the EDSP to reflect the directory where Exchange is installed.

Install Exchange on a dedicated application directory or partition separate than that of the OS.

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_MS_Exchange_2016_Y21M12_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATIONS PROTECTION

References: 800-53|SC-39, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-002530, Rule-ID|SV-221257r612603_rule, STIG-ID|EX16-ED-000620, STIG-Legacy|SV-95305, STIG-Legacy|V-80595, Vuln-ID|V-221257

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: ed3185a3ae5a2a893f0cf929ed08a10a29885eac75536406a34648270c87410f