NIST Special Publication 800-53 (Rev. 4)

Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

SI-16 MEMORY PROTECTION

Family:
System and Information Integrity
Class:
Priority:
P1 - Implement P1 security controls first.
Baseline Allocation:
Low Moderate High
SI-16
SI-16

Control Description

The information system implements [Assignment: organization-defined security safeguards] to protect its memory from unauthorized code execution.

Supplemental Guidance

Some adversaries launch attacks with the intent of executing code in non-executable regions of memory or in memory locations that are prohibited. Security safeguards employed to protect memory include, for example, data execution prevention and address space layout randomization. Data execution prevention safeguards can either be hardware-enforced or software-enforced with hardware providing the greater strength of mechanism.

Related to: AC-25SC-3

Control Enhancements

None.

References

None.