18.8.22.1.13 Ensure 'Turn off Windows Error Reporting' is set to 'Enabled' - Disabled

Information

This policy setting controls whether or not errors are reported to Microsoft.

Error Reporting is used to report information about a system or application that has failed or has stopped responding and is used to improve the quality of the product.

The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled.

Rationale:

If a Windows Error occurs in a secure, enterprise managed environment, the error should be reported directly to IT staff for troubleshooting and remediation. There is no benefit to the corporation to report these errors directly to Microsoft, and there is some risk of unknowingly exposing sensitive data as part of the error.

Impact:

Users are not given the option to report errors to Microsoft.

Solution

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

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication settings\Turn off Windows Error Reporting

Note: This Group Policy path is provided by the Group Policy template ICM.admx/adml that is included with all versions of the Microsoft Windows Administrative Templates.

Default Value:

Disabled. (Errors may be reported to Microsoft via the Internet or to a corporate file share.)

See Also

https://workbench.cisecurity.org/files/3709

Item Details

Category: CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT

References: 800-53|CM-7, CSCv7|9.2

Plugin: Windows

Control ID: 981218a6e9d1edb329ce346e2d4f0b37b79c02abe5eebc3e92bd2583307aca1f