2.3.4.2 (L2) Ensure 'Devices: Prevent users from installing printer drivers' is set to 'Enabled'

Information

For a computer to print to a shared printer, the driver for that shared printer must be installed on the local computer. This security setting determines who is allowed to install a printer driver as part of connecting to a shared printer.
The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled.
Note: This setting does not affect the ability to add a local printer. This setting does not affect Administrators.

Rationale:
It may be appropriate in some organizations to allow users to install printer drivers on their own workstations. However, in a high security environment, you should allow only Administrators, not users, to do this, because printer driver installation may unintentionally cause the computer to become less stable. A malicious user could install inappropriate printer drivers in a deliberate attempt to damage the computer, or a user might accidentally install malicious software that masquerades as a printer driver. It is feasible for an attacker to disguise a Trojan horse program as a printer driver. The program may appear to users as if they must use it to print, but such a program could unleash malicious code on your computer network.

Solution

To establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Enabled:
Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Devices: Prevent users from installing printer drivers

Impact:
Only Administrators will be able to install a printer driver as part of connecting to a shared printer. The ability to add a local printer will not be affected.

Default Value:
Disabled. (Any user can install a printer driver as part of connecting to a shared printer.)

References:
1. CCE-33958-0

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/2754

Item Details

Category: ACCESS CONTROL

References: 800-53|AC-2(9), CSCv6|5.1, CSCv7|4.3

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: f5f981ad5b947e11053b7f401dc7df601cc638b42c423d62bbacb918a98a9cfb