[gptalk] Desktop Wallpaper Security Risk?

  • From: "Des Flynn" <Des.Flynn@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 13:49:52 -0400

Hi:

 

As part of our secured desktops we use GPOs to lockdown the desktops and we
prevent users from changing their desktop wallpaper. This helps to ensure a
consistent look but the question often comes up "Is allowing users to change
their desktop background actually a security risk?"  

 

Users want the ability to customize at least this part of their work
environment. I'm just not sure what holes this might expose. Any thoughts?

 

Des

 

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 Des Flynn

 System Administrator

 ITS - User Services, Brock University

 St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, L2S 3A1

 PH: 905 688-5550 x 4588

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