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CIS releases a new benchmark for Windows XP (v1.1.3) and an updated scoring tool for Windows (v2.1.12).

by Donna Buenaventura / March 24, 2004 1:07 PM PST

CIS releases a new benchmark for Windows XP (v1.1.3) and an updated scoring tool for Windows (v2.1.12).

http://www.cisecurity.org/bench_win2000.html

Windows XP Benchmark (v1.1.3) - consensus settings for Legacy, Enterprise, and High security levels for Windows XP Professional.
Level-1 Benchmark for Windows 2000 (v1.1.7) - consensus minimum due care security configuration recommendations for Windows 2000 servers and workstations

Level-2 Windows 2000 Professional Operating System Benchmark (v2.0.3) - security configuration recommendations beyond the minimum due care level for Windows 2000 workstations.

Level-2 Windows 2000 Server Operating System Benchmark (v1.0) - security configuration recommendations beyond the minimum due care level for Windows 2000 Servers.
Level-1 Benchmark for Windows NT (v1.0.3) - consensus minimum due care security configuration recommendations for WinNT servers and workstations

Scoring Tool (v2.1.12) - evaluate your host systems compared to each of these Benchmarks

Implementation Guide - step-by step instructions for utilizing the Scoring Tool

The Scoring Tool scans Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Professional operating systems. The readme.txt file available for download provides a summary of other useful new features and reports built into this version of the tool.

The CIS Windows NT/2000/XP Security Scoring Tool is a non-invasive, "Analyze/Scan Only" program.

While each Windows benchmark, security template, readme.txt, and Implementation Guide are included in the tool file download package (CIS-Win.exe), each is also available for individual download, separate from the scoring tool.

WHAT'S NEW IN v2.1.12 of the CIS Scoring Tool?
Includes the Windows XP Professional benchmark and security templates.
Includes new security checks for Windows XP:
-- Check to determine if the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) is enabled on each network interface (see the log for details).
-- Check to determine if NetBIOS of TCP/IP has been disabled on each network interface (see the log for details).
Reports have been updated to properly display in various web browsers including Mozilla, Netscape, IE, and others.
HFNetChk - Disable file checksum inspection.
KNOWN ISSUES:
These issues will be resolved in future in maintenance releases.

1) For the File and Registry Permissions subcategory, the following items are being incorrectly reported as mismatches:
machine\software\Classes.
machine\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\group policy.
machine\system\controlset001.
This is occurring in the NIST and Win2kProGold_R1.2.inf security templates. This results in the inability to achieve a perfect score for this
subcategory.

2) HFNetChk requires the Workstation service. If disabled, the scoring tool reports no necessary hotfixes and grants a perfect score for this subcategory.

http://www.cisecurity.org/bench_win2000.html

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