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The Windows Firewall with Advanced Security must log successful connections when connected to a private network.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-17437 WNFWA-000019 SV-54905r3_rule Low
A firewall provides a line of defense against attack. To be effective, it must be enabled and properly configured. Logging of successful connections for a private network connection will be enabled to maintain an audit trail if issues are discovered.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Security Technical Implementation Guide 2016-10-28


Check Text ( None )
Fix Text (F-63513r1_fix)
The preferred method of configuring the firewall settings is with a policy, particularly in a domain environment.

Configure the policy value for Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Windows Firewall with Advanced Security -> Windows Firewall with Advanced Security -> Windows Firewall Properties (this link will be in the right pane) -> Private Profile Tab -> Logging (select Customize), "Logged successful connections" to "Yes".

In addition to using policies, systems may also be configured using the firewall GUI or Netsh commands. These methods may be more appropriate for standalone systems.
The configuration settings in the GUI are the same as those specified in the policy above. Windows Firewall Properties will be a link in the center pane after opening Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

The following Netsh commands may also be used to configure this setting:
"Netsh advfirewall set privateprofile logging allowedconnections enable".
"Netsh advfirewall set allprofiles logging allowedconnections enable".