PANW-IP-000024 - The Palo Alto Networks security platform must install updates for application software files, signature definitions, detection heuristics, and vendor-provided rules when new releases are available in accordance with organizational configuration management policy and procedures.

Information

Failing to update malicious code protection mechanisms, including application software files, signature definitions, and vendor-provided rules, leaves the system vulnerable to exploitation by recently developed attack methods and programs.

The IDPS is a key malicious code protection mechanism in the enclave infrastructure. To ensure this protection is responsive to changes in malicious code threats, IDPS components must be updated, including application software files, anti-virus signatures, detection heuristics, vendor-provided rules, and vendor-provided signatures.

Updates must be installed in accordance with the CCB procedures for the local organization. However, at a minimum:
Updates designated as critical security updates by the vendor must be installed immediately.
Updates for signature definitions, detection heuristics, and vendor-provided rules must be installed immediately.
Updates for application software are installed in accordance with the CCB procedures.
Prior to automatically installing updates, either manual or automated integrity and authentication checking is required, at a minimum, for application software updates.

NOTE: Nessus has provided the target output to assist in reviewing the benchmark to ensure target compliance.

Solution

Go to Device >> Dynamic Updates
Select 'Check Now' at the bottom of the page to retrieve the latest signatures.
To schedule automatic signature updates.
Note: the steps provided below do not account for local change management policies.

Go to Device >> Dynamic Updates
Select the text to the right of 'Schedule'.
In the 'Applications and Threat Updates Schedule' window; complete the required information.
In the 'Recurrence' field, select 'Daily'.
In the 'Time' field, enter the time at which you want the device to check for updates.
For the 'Action', select 'Download and Install'.
Select 'OK'.
Commit changes by selecting 'Commit' in the upper-right corner of the screen. Select 'OK' when the confirmation dialog appears.

If manual updates are used, an Administrator must obtain updates from the Palo Alto Networks support site and upload them from a workstation or server to the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
Go to Device >> Dynamic Updates
Select 'Upload' (at the bottom of the pane).
In the 'Select Package Type for the Upload' window in the 'Package Type' field, select 'anti-virus'.
Browse to and select the appropriate file.
Select 'OK'.

Select 'Install From File' (at the bottom of the pane).
In the 'Select Package Type for Installation' window, select 'antivirus'.
Select 'OK'.

In the 'Install Application and Threats From File' window, select the previously uploaded file.
Select 'OK'.

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_PAN_Y22M10_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: SYSTEM AND INFORMATION INTEGRITY

References: 800-53|SI-3b., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-001240, Rule-ID|SV-207694r557390_rule, STIG-ID|PANW-IP-000024, STIG-Legacy|SV-77149, STIG-Legacy|V-62659, Vuln-ID|V-207694

Plugin: Palo_Alto

Control ID: 924ef9ad3a8e1db4c0003e27a0b298101a319ed09df07973c2571e5e049524c9