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Active software modules must be minimized.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-26285 WA00500 W20 SV-36610r1_rule DCSQ-1 DCSW-1 Medium
Modules are the source of Apache httpd servers core and dynamic capabilities. Thus not every module available is needed for operation. Most installations only need a small subset of the modules available. By minimizing the enabled modules to only those that are required, we reduce the number of doors and have therefore reduced the attack surface of the web site. Likewise having fewer modules means less software that could have vulnerabilities.
APACHE SERVER 2.0 for Windows 2015-08-27


Check Text ( C-35705r1_chk )
Open a command prompt window.

Navigate to the “bin” directory (in many cases this may be [Drive Letter]:\[directory path]\Apache Group\Apache2\bin>).

Enter the following command and press Enter: httpd –l. This will provide a list of the loaded modules.

Open the httpd.conf file and search for any uncommented LoadModule directives. Any uncommented LoadModule directive statements are loading the respective module.

User the findings from both procedures above and discuss with the web administrator why each module is required for operation. If any module is not required for operation, this is a finding.

Note: The following modules do not need to be discussed: core_module, win32_module, mpm_winnt_module, http_module, so_module.
Fix Text (F-29389r1_fix)
Disable any modules that are not needed.