Securing Network Access to Floppy Drives

Posted On 2007-05-03 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Securing Network Access to Floppy Drives
Tags:  Windows NT Windows 2000
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This setting determines whether data in the floppy disk drive is accessible to other users. This value entry satisfies, in part, the C2 security requirement that you must be able to secure removable media.
Because the floppy disk drive is a volume, by default it is shared as an administrative share on the network. If the value of this entry is 1, the floppy disk drive is allocated to the user as part of the interactive logon process and, therefore, only the current user can access it. This prevents administrators and remote users (and even the same user at a different workstation) from accessing the drive while the current user is logged on. The drive is shared again when the current user logs off.
Value Meanings:
'0' = Floppy disks in the floppy disk drive can be accessed by all administrators in the domain.
'1' = Only the user logged on locally can access data on the floppy disks in the floppy disk drive.

Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: AllocateFloppies
Data Type: REG_SZ
Data: (0 = enabled, 1 = disabled)

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