WN12-AD-000004-DC - The Active Directory Domain Controllers Organizational Unit (OU) object must have the proper access control permissions.

Information

When Active Directory (AD) objects do not have appropriate access control permissions, it may be possible for malicious users to create, read, update, or delete the objects and degrade or destroy the integrity of the data. When the directory service is used for identification, authentication, or authorization functions, a compromise of the database objects could lead to a compromise of all systems that rely on the directory service.

The Domain Controllers OU object requires special attention as the Domain Controllers are central to the configuration and management of the domain. Inappropriate access permissions defined for the Domain Controllers OU could allow an intruder or unauthorized personnel to make changes which could lead to the compromise of the domain.

NOTE: Nessus has not performed this check. Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.

Solution

Limit the permissions on the Domain Controllers OU to restrict changes to System, Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins and Administrators.

The default permissions listed below satisfy this requirement.

Domains supporting Microsoft Exchange will have additional Exchange related permissions on the Domain Controllers OU. These may include some change related permissions.

SELF - Special permissions

Authenticated Users - Read, Special permissions
The Special permissions for Authenticated Users are Read types. If detailed permissions include any Create, Delete, Modify, or Write Permissions or Properties, this is a finding.

SYSTEM - Full Control

Domain Admins - Read, Write, Create all child objects, Generate resultant set of policy (logging), Generate resultant set of policy (planning), Special permissions

Enterprise Admins - Full Control

Administrators - Read, Write, Create all child objects, Generate resultant set of policy (logging), Generate resultant set of policy (planning), Special permissions

Pre-Windows 2000 Compatible Access - Special permissions
The Special permissions for Pre-Windows 2000 Compatible Access are Read types. If detailed permissions include any Create, Delete, Modify, or Write Permissions or Properties, this is a finding.

ENTERPRISE DOMAIN CONTROLLERS - Read, Special permissions

See Also

https://dl.dod.cyber.mil/wp-content/uploads/stigs/zip/U_MS_Windows_2012_and_2012_R2_DC_V3R4_STIG.zip

Item Details

Category: ACCESS CONTROL

References: 800-53|AC-6(10), CAT|I, CCI|CCI-002235, Rule-ID|SV-226073r794774_rule, STIG-ID|WN12-AD-000004-DC, STIG-Legacy|SV-51178, STIG-Legacy|V-39332, Vuln-ID|V-226073

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 19cb85a1cf40db561651da87da222a637e3c8baefc47446ef4df0e15d8e07c83