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Membership to the Schema Admins group must be limited.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-72835 AD.0017 SV-87487r1_rule Medium
The Schema Admins group is a privileged group in a forest root domain. Members of the Schema Admins group can make changes to the schema, which is the framework for the Active Directory forest. Changes to the schema are not frequently required. This group only contains the Built-in Administrator account by default. Additional accounts must only be added when changes to the schema are necessary and then must be removed.
Active Directory Forest Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) 2016-12-19


Check Text ( C-72961r2_chk )
Open "Active Directory Users and Computers" on a domain controller in the forest root domain.

Navigate to the "Users" container.

Right-click on "Schema Admins" and select "Properties", and then select the "Members" tab.

If any accounts other than the built-in Administrators group are members, verify their necessity with the ISSO.

If any accounts are members of the group when schema changes are not being made, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-79269r1_fix)
Limit membership in the Schema Admins group to only those accounts necessary during a schema update. Remove accounts when the updates are complete. Document accounts necessary during schema updates with the ISSO.