3.034 - Unencrypted passwords must not be sent to third-party SMB Servers.

Information

Some non-Microsoft SMB servers only support unencrypted (plain text) password authentication. Sending plain text passwords across the network, when authenticating to an SMB server, reduces the overall security of the environment. Check with the Vendor of the SMB server to see if there is a way to support encrypted password authentication.

Solution

Configure the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Windows Settings >> Security Settings >> Local Policies >> Security Options >> 'Microsoft Network Client: Send unencrypted password to third-party SMB servers' to 'Disabled'.

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_MS_Windows_2008_DC_V6R47_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: SYSTEM AND INFORMATION INTEGRITY

References: 800-53|SI-5(7), CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000197, CSCv6|13, Rule-ID|SV-29004r2_rule, STIG-ID|3.034, Vuln-ID|V-1141

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 069cb6803024d59428d1e7615fa7f3f6957139f9f8f2f458b8b7c29dd1b5b066