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The Recovery Console option is set to permit automatic logon to the system.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-1159 3.049 SV-25109r1_rule ECCD-1 ECCD-2 High
This is a Category 1 finding because if this option is set, the Recovery Console does not require you to provide a password and will automatically log on to the system, giving administrator access to system files. By default, the Recovery Console requires you to provide the password for the administrator account before accessing the system.
Windows 7 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2012-08-22


Check Text ( C-32726r1_chk )
Analyze the system using the Security Configuration and Analysis snap-in.
Expand the Security Configuration and Analysis tree view.
Navigate to Local Policies -> Security Options.

If the value for “Recovery Console: Allow automatic administrative logon” is not set to “Disabled”, then this is a finding.

The policy referenced configures the following registry value:

Registry Path: \Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole\

Value Name: SecurityLevel

Value Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0
Fix Text (F-28813r1_fix)
Configure the policy value for Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> “Recovery Console: Allow automatic administrative logon” to “Disabled”.