The sa account is a widely known and often widely used SQL Server account with sysadmin privileges. This is the original login created during installation and always has the principal_id=1 and sid=0x01.
Enforcing this control reduces the probability of an attacker executing brute force attacks against a well-known principal.
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This control is used in the following benchmarks:
- Microsoft SQL Server Database 2014 CIS V1.5.0 - paragraph 2.13
- Microsoft SQL Server Database 2016 CIS V1.3.0 - paragraph 2.13
- Microsoft SQL Server Database 2017 CIS V1.2.0 - paragraph 2.13
- Microsoft SQL Server Database 2019 CIS V1.2.0 - paragraph 2.13
To deliberately skip this control (e.g. meaning don’t use Puppet to enforce this setting), we provide you with three ways:
mssql_secured::controls::sa_login_account_is_set_to_disabled: skip to your hiera data. This will skip this control for ALL databases.
mssql_secured::controls::sa_login_account_is_set_to_disabled::dbname: skip to your hiera data. This will skip this control for specified database only.
3) Add an entry with the content
sa_login_account_is_set_to_disabled to the array value
mssql_secured::skip_list in your hiera data.
|Attribute Name||Short Description|
|title||The database to apply the control to.|
The database to apply the control to.
All controls need an database to apply the control to. Here is a simple example:
In this example, the string DB is the database to apply the control to.