WN22-AU-000040 - Windows Server 2022 permissions for the Security event log must prevent access by nonprivileged accounts.


Maintaining an audit trail of system activity logs can help identify configuration errors, troubleshoot service disruptions, and analyze compromises that have occurred, as well as detect attacks. Audit logs are necessary to provide a trail of evidence in case the system or network is compromised. The Security event log may disclose sensitive information or be susceptible to tampering if proper permissions are not applied.

Satisfies: SRG-OS-000057-GPOS-00027, SRG-OS-000058-GPOS-00028, SRG-OS-000059-GPOS-00029


Configure the permissions on the Security event log file (Security.evtx) to prevent access by nonprivileged accounts. The default permissions listed below satisfy this requirement:

Eventlog - Full Control
SYSTEM - Full Control
Administrators - Full Control

The default location is the '%SystemRoot%\System32\winevt\Logs' folder.

If the location of the logs has been changed, when adding Eventlog to the permissions, it must be entered as 'NT Service\Eventlog'.

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References: 800-53|AU-9, CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000162, CCI|CCI-000163, CCI|CCI-000164, Rule-ID|SV-254297r848707_rule, STIG-ID|WN22-AU-000040, Vuln-ID|V-254297

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 7df01b12f60fceb9f420a1c3929f8bb4b95cf953e0730065eca007cf437bfc1d