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Security-relevant software updates to SQL Server must be installed within the time period directed by an authoritative source (e.g. IAVM, CTOs, DTMs, and STIGs).


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-213994 SQL6-D0-012800 SV-213994r617437_rule Medium
Security flaws with software applications, including database management systems, are discovered daily. Vendors are constantly updating and patching their products to address newly discovered security vulnerabilities. Organizations (including any contractor to the organization) are required to promptly install security-relevant software updates (e.g., patches, service packs, and hot fixes). Flaws discovered during security assessments, continuous monitoring, incident response activities, or information system error handling must also be addressed expeditiously. Organization-defined time periods for updating security-relevant software may vary based on a variety of factors including, for example, the security category of the information system or the criticality of the update (i.e., severity of the vulnerability related to the discovered flaw). This requirement will apply to software patch management solutions that are used to install patches across the enclave and also to applications themselves that are not part of that patch management solution. For example, many browsers today provide the capability to install their own patch software. Patch criticality, as well as system criticality, will vary. Therefore, the tactical situations regarding the patch management process will also vary. This means that the time period utilized must be a configurable parameter. Time frames for application of security-relevant software updates may be dependent upon the Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM) process. SQL Server will be configured to check for and install security-relevant software updates within an identified time period from the availability of the update. The specific time period will be defined by an authoritative source (e.g. IAVM, CTOs, DTMs, and STIGs).
MS SQL Server 2016 Instance Security Technical Implementation Guide 2020-12-16


Check Text ( C-15211r313765_chk )
Obtain evidence that software patches are consistently applied to SQL Server within the time frame defined for each patch. To be considered supported, Microsoft must report that the version is supported by security patches to known vulnerability. Review the Support dates at: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=1044

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If the SQL Server version is not shown as supported, this is a finding.

If such evidence cannot be obtained, or the evidence that is obtained indicates a pattern of noncompliance, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-15209r313766_fix)
Upgrade SQL Server to the Microsoft-supported version. Institute and adhere to policies and procedures to ensure that patches are consistently applied to SQL Server within the time allowed.