RE: Impact of removing administrative rights in an enterprise running XP

Is it not supposed to be an protection measure against any virus and spyware.

We are supporting networks with around 10 users.
If I understand it well enough, it is impossible to manage pc's without direct admin rights.

The most isseus are with installing applications.
I tought that Microsoft and with them many other people almost ordered everybody to get rid of those admin rights.

But from the reactions I hear, everybody complains. Are there success stories?

Dick Venema
Venema Advies

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Verzonden: 28-7-06 15:37
Onderwerp: RE: Impact of removing administrative rights in an enterprise running XP

I was involved in ~1,500 users and it also was an amazing exercise in
futility. The previous paragraph was on the money.

It really bit us hard when we had a virus infestation and the patch from
Microsoft needed the user to have admin rights in order to fix the problem.

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From: McLaurin, Timothy [mailto:tMcLaurin@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 3:50 PM
To: Jon R. Kibler; focus-ms@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Drew Simonis
Subject: RE: Impact of removing administrative rights in an enterprise
running XP

I've done it for about 2,000 users and it was brutal. The technical
aspects of it was bad but even worse were the political. People can't
get used to the idea of not being able to do what they want when they
want. Especially the executive types. And we still gave them admin
accounts, they just had to use Run As... Support isn't all that easy
too because we had no idea who had what, and what was essential for
their job function. There are all kinds of stupid applications that
call for admin rights and once they are taken away it doesn't work
anymore. Filemon, Regmon, and SetACL were a staple during that time

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From: Jon R. Kibler [mailto:Jon.Kibler@xxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:09 AM
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Cc: Drew Simonis
Subject: Re: Impact of removing administrative rights in an enterprise
running XP

Drew Simonis wrote:
Hello all,
I wonder if anyone on the list who might work for a good sized
enterprise (10,000+ seats) has gone through the excercise of removing
administrative rights from the user community?

Aside from the effort to inventory all applications and ensure that
they work with restricted permissions, I forsee that such an effort
would likely require changes to the entire support model. Instead of
relying on users to install their own software, it would need to be done
for them. New hardware would require intevention, etc.

If someone has completed this, was support a major new burden, or was
it not as difficult as it might be? If it was, how much of a burden was
it (+ desktop support headcount? +helpdesk calls?)?



Have not done it in as large of an organization as you indicate, but
have TRIED to do it in smaller organizations -- and ran into MANY brick
walls. It is still a work-in-progress! Things are better, but we're not
there yet by any stretch at any organization that I am working with.

The primary issue is that A LOT of applications assume/require
administrative privilege to work. In reality, you can probably get
many/most to run with less than admin priv, but figuring out what is the
minimum required is not an easy task. And don't expect the application
vendor to be any help either!

Trying to remove local admin priv is a trial-and-error process. A lot of
apps will work most of the time, then one seldom-used feature breaks it.

You would be surprised the apps that require privilege to run... many
big name ones, such as the Intuit product line. There was a discussion
on DShield a few months back on this topic, and several people named
names of applications with privilege problems (but nothing close to
scratching the surface!).

Good luck.

Oh, BTW, as you try this task, publishing a list of the required minimum
privilege for each application would be a great help to everyone. I
wanted to do that, but my clients all objected.

Jon R. Kibler
Chief Technical Officer
Advanced Systems Engineering Technology, Inc.
Charleston, SC USA
(843) 849-8214

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