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Disable link functionality in Office 2010

Posted on 2013-12-17
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I'm trying to secure a kiosk computer (public facing PC) and disable all unnecessary/risky functionality on the machine.

I found some software that automates most of this (right-click disabled, start menu disabled, ctrl+alt+del restricted, keyboard shortcuts, etc), and the machine is on a segmented network so our private network is secure.

One vulnerability we found is that in Office 2010 (I'm told users shall have access to Word) is that a user can type in \\computername\C$ and then open Windows Explorer.  From there, they can navigate to anywhere (including \system32 and command line; a savvy user can pretty much own the computer.

Question is this, how can I disable links/linking in Office?
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Question by:Geisrud
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Make sure the people using this machine are Standard Users. Standard Users are restricted and cannot do much in the way of "owning the computer".

Make sure User Account Control is ON and is at its highest level. That (along with Standard User) very much restricts what they can do.

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Definitely good advice, and I have set UAC as advised, and user will be a standard user.  I guess I just don't want uses to be able to browse the file system.
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If the user is Standard and goes to a folder they do not have access to, they will not be able to open the folder or anything in it. So you should be fine.

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I think this will give me the security I need, but it doesn't specifically answer my question.
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@Geisrud - Thank you for the update. You should be fine with security outlined. I was happy to help you with this.

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