RE: Logging off users

From: NVujic@sn.com
Date: 12/12/01


To: Matthew.van.Eerde@hbinc.com
From: NVujic@sn.com
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:35:30 -0500


It's Q262646

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q262646

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                    Matthew.van.Eerde
                    @hbinc.com To: tkeller@bbn.com, garrett@eaifhe.ac.uk, focus-ms@securityfocus.com
                                             cc:
                    12/12/2001 02:22 Subject: RE: Logging off users
                    PM
                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                  

There is a knowledge-base article about how to lock a workstation from a
command line. Perhaps this can be automated as a screen saver. This way
someone who had step away for a minute while writing a paper would be able
to unlock the workstation on their return and pick up where they left off.
On the other hand, if someone left without logging off, the next person to
use the machine would have to bug the administrator to unlock the
workstation for them.

-----Original Message-----
From: Thomas Keller [mailto:tkeller@bbn.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2001 10:17
To: Garrett Murphy; focus-ms@securityfocus.com
Subject: Re: Logging off users

Can you tell us what your definition of idle is? What operating systems
are you looking at?

I would assume a policy that requires screen savers with passwords is not
an option. I
can understand why a logged on unattended machine is a security risk but
having something
automated to log off a user can disrupt any work they maybe doing unless
they have every thing
running in the background. (i.e. compiling software may take longer then
10 minutes and they
may step away to consult a colleague.)

In the past where I worked, it was a policy for screen savers and to log
out at the end of the day.
Violations led to counseling. This worked well after users got the concept

when performance
evaluations reflected past discrepancies.

Regards,
Tom

At 04:43 PM 12/12/2001 +0000, Garrett Murphy wrote:
>All,
>
>If a user leaves their machines idle for 10 minutes I'd like it to log
>off. This saves somebody from leaving the room and forgetting to log
>off. [which they do a lot! ]
>
>Any advice? Is there anything in the resource kits?
>
>cheers
>
>garrett
>
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