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Exchange internet-facing send connectors must specify a Smart Host.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259593 EX19-ED-000095 SV-259593r942093_rule Medium
When identifying a "Smart Host" for the email environment, a logical send connector is the preferred method. A Smart Host acts as an internet-facing concentrator for other email servers. Appropriate hardening can be applied to the Smart Host, rather than at multiple locations throughout the enterprise. Failure to identify a Smart Host could default to each email server performing its own lookups (potentially through protective firewalls). Exchange servers should not be internet facing and should therefore not perform any Smart Host functions. When the Exchange servers are internet facing, they must be configured to identify the internet-facing server that is performing the Smart Host function.
Microsoft Exchange 2019 Edge Server Security Technical Implementation Guide 2024-01-10


Check Text ( C-63332r942091_chk )
Note: This is not applicable for SIPR enclaves.

Review the Email Domain Security Plan (EDSP).

Determine the internet-facing connectors.

Open the Exchange Management Shell and enter the following command:

Get-SendConnector | Select-Object -Property Name, Identity, SmartHosts, DNSRoutingEnabled

For each send connector, if the value of "SmartHosts" does not return the Smart Host IP Address and the value for "DNSRoutingEnabled" is not set to "False", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-63240r942092_fix)
Open the Exchange Management Shell and enter the following command:

Set-SendConnector <'IdentityName'> -SmartHosts <'IP Address of Smart Host'> -DNSRoutingEnabled $false

Note: The value must be in quotes.

Repeat the procedure for each send connector.