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Windows Firewall: Domain: Outbound connections

ID: oval:org.secpod.oval:def:40277Date: (C)2017-04-25   (M)2018-04-10
Class: COMPLIANCEFamily: windows




This setting determines the behavior for outbound connections that do not match an outbound firewall rule. In Windows Vista, the default behavior is to allow connections unless there are firewall rules that block the connection. Vulnerability: Some people believe that it is prudent to block all outbound connections except those specifically approved by the user or administrator. Microsoft disagrees with this opinion, blocking outbound connections by default will force users to deal with a large number of dialog boxes prompting them to authorize or block applications such as their web browser or instant messaging software. Additionally, blocking outbound traffic has little value because if an attacker has compromised the system they can reconfigure the firewall anyway. Counter Measure: Configure this setting to allow outbound connections. Potential Impact: None, this is the default configuration. Fix: (1) GPO: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security\Windows Firewall Properties\Domain Profile\Windows Firewall: Domain: Outbound connections (2) REG: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile!DefaultOutboundAction

Platform:
Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Reference:
CCE-46484-2
CPE    1
cpe:/o:microsoft:windows_server_2016:::x64
CCE    1
CCE-46484-2
XCCDF    3
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