Microsoft IIS 10.0 Site STIG Version Comparison

Microsoft IIS 10.0 Site Security Technical Implementation Guide

Comparison

There are 2 differences between versions v1 r2 (July 24, 2020) (the "left" version) and v2 r2 (April 23, 2021) (the "right" version).

Check IIST-SI-000230 was changed between these two versions. Green, underlined text was added, red, struck-out text was removed.

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Unlisted file extensions in URL requests must be filtered by any IIS 10.0 website.

Check Content

Follow the procedures below for each site hosted on the IIS 10.0 web server: Open the IIS 10.0 Manager. Click the site name. Double-click the "Request Filtering" icon. Click "Edit Feature Settings" in the "Actions" pane. If the "Allow unlisted file name extensions" check box is checked, this is a finding. Note: If this IIS 10.0 installation is supporting Microsoft Exchange, and not otherwise hosting any content, this requirement is Not Applicable. Note: If this IIS 10.0 installation is supporting Splunk, this requirement is Not Applicable.

Discussion

Request filtering enables administrators to create a more granular rule set to allow or reject inbound web content. Setting limits on web requests helps to ensure availability of web services and may also help mitigate the risk of buffer overflow type attacks. The allow unlisted property of the "File Extensions Request" filter enables rejection of requests containing specific file extensions not defined in the "File Extensions" filter. Tripping this filter will cause IIS to generate a Status Code 404.7.

Fix

Follow the procedures below for each site hosted on the IIS 10.0 web server: Open the IIS 10.0 Manager. Click the site name under review. Double-click the "Request Filtering" icon. Click "Edit Feature Settings" in the "Actions" pane. Uncheck the "Allow unlisted file extensions" check box.