2.2.14 Ensure 'Create a token object' is set to 'No One'

Information

This policy setting allows a process to create an access token, which may provide elevated rights to access sensitive data.

The recommended state for this setting is: No One.

Note: This user right is considered a 'sensitive privilege' for the purposes of auditing.

Rationale:

A user account that is given this user right has complete control over the system and can lead to the system being compromised. It is highly recommended that you do not assign any user accounts this right.

The operating system examines a user's access token to determine the level of the user's privileges. Access tokens are built when users log on to the local computer or connect to a remote computer over a network. When you revoke a privilege, the change is immediately recorded, but the change is not reflected in the user's access token until the next time the user logs on or connects. Users with the ability to create or modify tokens can change the level of access for any currently logged on account. They could escalate their own privileges or create a DoS condition.

Solution

To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to No One:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\Create a token object




Impact:

None - this is the default behavior.

Default Value:

No one.

References:

CCE-36861-3

See Also

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

Item Details

Category: AUDIT AND ACCOUNTABILITY

References: 800-53|AU-3, CSCv6|5.1, CSCv7|4.8

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: a6012456dba69495b9d6ba6d8deeffd551f797b6b0585ae1e210e43977f1465f