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Exchange messages with a blank sender field must be filtered.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-259610 EX19-ED-000124 SV-259610r942144_rule Medium
By performing filtering at the perimeter, up to 90 percent of spam, malware, and other undesirable messages are eliminated from the message stream rather than admitting them into the mail server environment. Anonymous email (messages with blank sender fields) cannot be replied to. Messages formatted in this way may be attempting to hide their true origin to avoid responses or to spam any receiver with impunity while hiding their source of origination. Rather than spend resources and risk infection while evaluating them, it is recommended that these messages be filtered immediately upon receipt and not forwarded to end users.
Microsoft Exchange 2019 Edge Server Security Technical Implementation Guide 2024-01-10


Check Text ( C-63349r942142_chk )
This requirement is Not Applicable for SIPR enclaves.

This requirement is Not Applicable if the organization subscribes to EEMSG or other similar DOD enterprise protections for email services.

Open the Exchange Management Shell and enter the following command:

Get-SenderFilterConfig | Select-Object -Property Name, BlankSenderBlockingEnabled

If the value of "BlankSenderBlockingEnabled" is not set to "True", this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-63257r942143_fix)
Open the Exchange Management Shell and enter the following command:

Set-SenderFilterConfig -BlankSenderBlockingEnabled $true