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Specification for the Extensible Configuration Checklist Description Format (XCCDF) Version 1.1.4

Published

Author(s)

Neal Ziring, Stephen Quinn

Abstract

This report specifies the data model and Extensible Markup Language (XML) representation for the Extensible Configuration Checklist Description Format (XCCDF) Version 1.1.4. An XCCDF document is a structured collection of security configuration rules for some set of target systems. The XCCDF specification is designed to support information interchange, document generation, organizational and situational tailoring, automated compliance testing, and compliance scoring. The specification also defines a data model and format for storing results of security guidance or checklist compliance testing. The intent of XCCDF is to provide a uniform foundation for expression of security checklists and other configuration guidance, and thereby foster more widespread application of good security practices.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7275rev3
Report Number
7275rev3

Keywords

benchmarks, checklists, eXtensible Configuration Checklist Description Format, FISMA, security controls, vulnerabilities, XCCDF

Citation

Ziring, N. and Quinn, S. (2008), Specification for the Extensible Configuration Checklist Description Format (XCCDF) Version 1.1.4, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.IR.7275r3, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=51269 (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created December 31, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021