Microsoft IIS Security Best Practices (CIS)

I like to look a the CIS guides and use them as starting point. They are great and you can download them from the link at the bottom of this post.

CIS IIS 10 Benchmark

1. Basic Configurations
1.1. Ensure web content is on non-system partition
1.2. Ensure ‘host headers’ are on all sites
1.3. Ensure ‘directory browsing’ is set to disabled
1.4. Ensure ‘Application pool identity’ is configured for all application pools
1.5. Ensure ‘unique application pools’ is set for sites
1.6. Ensure ‘application pool identity’ is configured for anonymous user identity
1.7. Ensure WebDav feature is disabled

2. Configure Authentication and Authorization
2.1. Ensure ‘global authorization rule’ is set to restrict access
2.2. Ensure access to sensitive site features is restricted to authenticated principals only
2.3. Ensure ‘forms authentication’ requires SSL
2.4. Ensure ‘forms authentication’ is set to use cookies
2.5. Ensure ‘cookie protection mode’ is configured for forms authentication
2.6. Ensure transport layer security for ‘basic authentication’ is configured
2.7. Ensure ‘passwordFormat’ is not set to clear
2.8. Ensure ‘credentials’ are not stored in configuration files

3. ASP.NET Configuration Recommendations
3.1. Ensure ‘deployment method retail’ is set
3.2. Ensure ‘debug’ is turned off
3.3. Ensure custom error messages are not off
3.4. Ensure IIS HTTP detailed errors are hidden from displaying remotely
3.5. Ensure ASP.NET stack tracing is not enabled
3.6. Ensure ‘httpcookie’ mode is configured for session state
3.7. Ensure ‘cookies’ are set with HttpOnly attribute
3.8. Ensure ‘MachineKey validation method – .Net 3.5’ is configured
3.9. Ensure ‘MachineKey validation method – .Net 4.5’ is configured
3.10. Ensure global .NET trust level is configured
3.11. Ensure X-Powered-By Header is removed
3.12. Ensure Server Header is removed

4. Request Filtering and other Restriction Modules
4.1. Ensure ‘maxAllowedContentLength’ is configured
4.2. Ensure ‘maxURL request filter’ is configured
4.3. Ensure ‘MaxQueryString request filter’ is configured
4.4. Ensure non-ASCII characters in URLs are not allowed
4.5. Ensure Double-Encoded requests will be rejected
4.6. Ensure ‘HTTP Trace Method’ is disabled
4.7. Ensure Unlisted File Extensions are not allowed
4.8. Ensure Handler is not granted Write and Script/Execute
4.9. Ensure ‘notListedIsapisAllowed’ is set to false
4.10. Ensure ‘notListedCgisAllowed’ is set to false
4.11. Ensure ‘Dynamic IP Address Restrictions’ is enabled

5. IIS Logging Recommendations
5.1. Ensure Default IIS web log location is moved
5.2. Ensure Advanced IIS logging is enabled
5.3. Ensure ‘ETW Logging’ is enabled

6. FTP Requests
6.1. Ensure FTP requests are encrypted
6.2. Ensure FTP Logon attempt restrictions is enabled

7. Transport Encryption
7.1. Ensure HSTS Header is set
7.2. Ensure SSLv2 is Disabled
7.3. Ensure SSLv3 is Disabled
7.4. Ensure TLS 1.0 is Disabled
7.5. Ensure TLS 1.1 is Disabled
7.6. Ensure TLS 1.2 is Enabled
7.7. Ensure NULL Cipher Suites is Disabled
7.8. Ensure DES Cipher Suites is Disabled
7.9. Ensure RC4 Cipher Suites is Disabled
7.10. Ensure AES 128/128 Cipher Suite is Disabled
7.11. Ensure AES 256/256 Cipher Suite is Enabled
7.12. Ensure TLS Cipher Suite Ordering is Configured


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