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Windows PowerShell 2.0 must not be installed.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-73301 WN16-00-000420 SV-87953r1_rule Medium
Windows PowerShell 5.0 added advanced logging features that can provide additional detail when malware has been run on a system. Disabling the Windows PowerShell 2.0 mitigates against a downgrade attack that evades the Windows PowerShell 5.0 script block logging feature.
Windows Server 2016 Security Technical Implementation Guide 2019-03-13


Check Text ( C-73405r1_chk )
Open "PowerShell".

Enter "Get-WindowsFeature | Where Name -eq PowerShell-v2".

If "Installed State" is "Installed", this is a finding.

An Installed State of "Available" or "Removed" is not a finding.
Fix Text (F-79743r1_fix)
Uninstall the "Windows PowerShell 2.0 Engine".

Start "Server Manager".

Select the server with the feature.

Scroll down to "ROLES AND FEATURES" in the right pane.

Select "Remove Roles and Features" from the drop-down "TASKS" list.

Select the appropriate server on the "Server Selection" page and click "Next".

Deselect "Windows PowerShell 2.0 Engine" under "Windows PowerShell" on the "Features" page.

Click "Next" and "Remove" as prompted.