From Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Member Server Security Technical Implementation Guide
Part of Manage auditing and security log
Associated with: CCI-000162 CCI-000163 CCI-000164 CCI-000171 CCI-001914
Inappropriate granting of user rights can provide system, administrative, and other high-level capabilities.
Accounts with the "Manage auditing and security log" user right can manage the security log and change auditing configurations. This could be used to clear evidence of tampering.
Verify the effective setting in Local Group Policy Editor. Run "gpedit.msc". Navigate to Local Computer Policy >> Computer Configuration >> Windows Settings >> Security Settings >> Local Policies >> User Rights Assignment. If any accounts or groups other than the following are granted the "Manage auditing and security log" user right, this is a finding: Administrators If the organization has an Auditors group, the assignment of this group to the user right would not be a finding. If an application requires this user right, this would not be a finding. Vendor documentation must support the requirement for having the user right. The requirement must be documented with the ISSO. The application account must meet requirements for application account passwords, such as length (V-36661) and required changes frequency (V-36662).
Configure the policy value for Computer Configuration >> Windows Settings >> Security Settings >> Local Policies >> User Rights Assignment >> "Manage auditing and security log" to only include the following accounts or groups: Administrators
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