Defender for SQL - Vulnerability Assessment - Status: Not Applicable

Benjamin Graus 11 Reputation points

Hi all,

we have a strange issue with Defender for SQL on a SQL-Server in Azure.

All findings on DBs are flagged as "Not applicable" whether with the new express mode or with the old way.

On the VAxxxx itself all the DBs from this SQL-Server are listed unter Dismissed databases.

We do not find any exemption rules or other which would create this behavior.

 With the old method we can download also the report and in fact the findings are OK - but they are exempted.

 Using a graph query we can see that there is an Exempt from the parent - but like i said - we simply cannot identify from where the exempt does come from

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To add:

It worked once without problems - we then moved the entire Subscription to a new Tenant.

After that it has this strange behavior.


Is there a way to reforce this?




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  1. Bill Clarkson-Antill 5 Reputation points MVP

    Hey @Benjamin Graus

    Is Microsoft Defender for Cloud enabled across your new subscription, MDC has to be specifically enabled for each subscription you want it to perform an assessment across and are you paying for MDC protection for SQL databases as there is a cost element involved



  2. GeethaThatipatri-MSFT 27,002 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @Benjamin Graus

    Did you find anything when looking at the exemption configs for “SQL databases should have vulnerability findings resolved”?

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    Note that the scan export supported in classic configuration does not take into effect exemptions or disabled rules.

    Express configuration doesn’t support the export ability at the moment – but all the data should be available in ARG with the correct status, as you’ve queried in your example.



  3. GeethaThatipatri-MSFT 27,002 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @Benjamin Graus @Florian Pfeffer Thanks for being patience

    Please check if you have any exemption rules.

    Please follow the steps from the below document for more information and how to remove it:

    Exempt a Microsoft Defender for Cloud recommendation from a resource, subscription, management group, and secure score | Microsoft Learn