disable hyperlinks in office 2003


Some of the pupil/hackers on or school network have worked out that they can get to windows XP aps by writing hyperlinks in MS Office programs.

We have the workstations tightly restricted via group policy - including software restrictions blocking all *.exe and *.cpl in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 from running and a hash rule blocking CONTROL.EXE

Yet writing a simple hyperlink in publisher pointing to "c:\windows\system32\control.exe" opens up the control panel.

How can i stop this, please?

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Are you blocking in group policy access to the control panel for those users?

Software restrictions isn't the right location for that...it's at:

user config >> admin templates >> control panel >> prohibit access to the control panel

(the admin templates area is where you will need to restrict access to these kinds of things, including MMC's, etc.)

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Meant to add that this is "better' than trying to prevent hyperlinks in Office.  Some lessons, etc. may use hyperlinks for real reasons.
bgcm12Author Commented:

I can't believe I missed such a rudimentry policy!  Thanks for pointing it out, it works well.

Did you have a chance to have a look at my problem with Active Directory searches?

Thanks very much for your help - that puts me ahead of the kids on points for a short while :)

bgcm12Author Commented:
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