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User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode

ID: oval:org.secpod.oval:def:40216Date: (C)2017-04-25   (M)2018-07-10
Class: COMPLIANCEFamily: windows




This policy setting controls the behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators. The options are: - Elevate without prompting: Allows privileged accounts to perform an operation that requires elevation without requiring consent or credentials. Note: Use this option only in the most constrained environments. - Prompt for credentials on the secure desktop: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted on the secure desktop to enter a privileged user name and password. If the user enters valid credentials, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege. - Prompt for consent on the secure desktop: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted on the secure desktop to select either Permit or Deny. If the user selects Permit, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege. - Prompt for credentials: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted to enter an administrative user name and password. If the user enters valid credentials, the operation continues with the applicable privilege. - Prompt for consent: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted to select either Permit or Deny. If the user selects Permit, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege. - Prompt for consent for non-Windows binaries: (Default) When an operation for a non-Microsoft application requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted on the secure desktop to select either Permit or Deny. If the user selects Permit, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege. Vulnerability: One of the risks that the UAC feature introduced with Windows Vista is trying to mitigate is that of malicious software running under elevated credentials without the user or administrator being aware of its activity. This setting raises awareness to the administrator of elevated privilege operations and permits the administrator to prevent a malicious program from elevating its privilege when the program attempts to do so. Counter Measure: Configure the User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode setting to Prompt for consent for non-Windows binaries Potential Impact: This policy setting controls the behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators. Fix: (1) GPO: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode (2) REG: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System!ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin

Platform:
Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Reference:
CCE-47284-5
CPE    1
cpe:/o:microsoft:windows_server_2016:::x64
CCE    1
CCE-47284-5
XCCDF    5
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