Title: Configuration management applications must employ automated mechanisms to centrally respond to unauthorized changes to configuration settings.
Vulnerability ID: V-32420
IA Controls: None
Description: Configuration settings are the configurable security-related parameters of information technology products that are part of the information system.
Security-related parameters are those parameters impacting the security state of the system, including parameters related to meeting other security control requirements.
Security-related parameters include: registry settings; account, file, and directory settings (i.e., permissions); and settings for services, ports, protocols, and remote connections.
Responses to unauthorized changes to configuration settings can include: alerting designated organizational personnel, restoring mandatory/organization defined configuration settings, or in the extreme case, halting affected information system processing.
Centrally respond means to respond to unauthorized changes to settings have taken effect from a centralized location. In order to accommodate large scale environments, centralized solutions may also employ distributed systems used as configuration management proxies. This is allowable as long as these systems are centrally managed and controlled as part of the overall configuration management solution.
This requirement is specific to configuration management applications and does not apply to databases.
Check Text: This check is NA for databases.
Fix Text: This fix is NA for databases.[divider]