This article highlights areas that may have an impact on system security when deploying and configuring Director.
You can configure Director with a restricted IIS configuration. Note that this is not the default IIS configuration.
You can disallow unlisted file name extensions.
Director requires these file name extensions in Request Filtering:
Director requires the following HTTP verbs in Request Filtering. You can disallow unlisted verbs.
Director does not require:
When Director is installed, its application pools are granted the logon right Log on as a service and the privileges Adjust memory quotas for a process, Generate security audits, and Replace a process level token. This is normal installation behavior when application pools are created.
You do not need to change these user rights. These privileges are not used by Director and are automatically disabled.
In a production environment, Citrix recommends using the Internet Protocol security (IPsec) or HTTPS protocols to secure data passing between Director and your servers. IPsec is a set of standard extensions to the Internet Protocol that provides authenticated and encrypted communications with data integrity and replay protection. Because IPsec is a network-layer protocol set, higher level protocols can use it without modification. HTTPS uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols to provide strong data encryption.
Note: Citrix strongly recommends that you do not enable unsecured connections to Director in a production environment.
Note: Secure communications from Director requires configuration for each connection separately.
Note: The SSL protocol is not recommended. Use TLS instead.
Note: You must secure communications with NetScaler using TLS, not IPsec.
To secure communications between Director and XenApp/XenDesktop servers (for monitoring and reports), refer to Securing endpoints using TLS.
To secure communications between Director and NetScaler (for NetScaler Insight), refer to Configure network analysis.
To secure communications between Director and License server, refer to Secure the License Administration Console.
If you deploy any web applications in the same web domain (domain name and port) as Director, then any security risks in those web applications could potentially reduce the security of your Director deployment. Where a greater degree of security separation is required, Citrix recommends that you deploy Director in a separate web domain.