Microsoft Windows Defender Antivirus STIG: WNDF-AV-000003

Check: WNDF-AV-000003 (in versions v2 r2 through v1 r1)

Title

Windows Defender AV must be configured to automatically take action on all detected tasks. (Cat II impact)

Discussion

This policy setting allows you to configure whether Windows Defender automatically takes action on all detected threats. The action to be taken on a particular threat is determined by the combination of the policy-defined action user-defined action and the signature-defined action. If you enable this policy setting Windows Defender does not automatically take action on the detected threats but prompts users to choose from the actions available for each threat. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting Windows Defender automatically takes action on all detected threats after a nonconfigurable delay of approximately five seconds.

Check Content

Verify the policy value for Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Defender Antivirus -> "Turn off routine remediation" is set to "Disabled" or "Not Configured". Procedure: Use the Windows Registry Editor to navigate to the following key: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Criteria: If the value "DisableRoutinelyTakingAction" is REG_DWORD = 0, this is not a finding. If the value does not exist, this is not a finding. If the value is 1, this is a finding.

Fix Text

Set the policy value for Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Defender Antivirus -> "Turn off routine remediation" to "Disabled" or "Not Configured".

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CCIs

CCIs tied to check.
Number Definition
CCI-001243

The organization configures malicious code protection mechanisms to perform organization-defined action(s) in response to malicious code detection.

Controls

Controls tied to check. These are derived from the CCIs shown above.
Number Title
SI-3

Malicious Code Protection