2.2.13 Ensure 'Create a pagefile' is set to 'Administrators'

Information

This policy setting allows users to change the size of the pagefile. By making the pagefile extremely large or extremely small, an attacker could easily affect the performance of a compromised computer.

The recommended state for this setting is: Administrators.

Rationale:

Users who can change the page file size could make it extremely small or move the file to a highly fragmented storage volume, which could cause reduced computer performance.

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\Create a pagefile

Impact:

None - this is the default behavior.

Default Value:

Administrators.

References:

CCE-35821-8

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: 3f0e22eea6adbf85636e85b94bd359def3c19fb89a1b98e7bacf4118c1f93dbe