2.2.29 Ensure 'Force shutdown from a remote system' is set to 'Administrators'

Information

This policy setting allows users to shut down Windows Vista-based and newer computers from remote locations on the network. Anyone who has been assigned this user right can cause a denial of service (DoS) condition, which would make the computer unavailable to service user requests. Therefore, it is recommended that only highly trusted administrators be assigned this user right.

The recommended state for this setting is: Administrators.

Rationale:

Any user who can shut down a computer could cause a DoS condition to occur. Therefore, this user right should be tightly restricted.

Solution

To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Administrators:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\Force shutdown from a remote system

Impact:

If you remove the Force shutdown from a remote system user right from the Server Operator group you could limit the abilities of users who are assigned to specific administrative roles in your environment. You should confirm that delegated activities will not be adversely affected.


Default Value:

On Member Servers: Administrators.

On Domain Controllers: Administrators, Server Operators.

References:

CCE-37877-8

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/2742

Item Details

Category: ACCESS CONTROL, SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATIONS PROTECTION

References: 800-53|AC-2, 800-53|SC-3, CSCv6|5.1, CSCv7|4.1, CSCv7|4.6

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 8fe2b1fcb36fcdc9d2b48b0a004f840e5980cb997c0d720f6bb559c3179195a4