Reasons to disable the command prompt for normal users

Hi Experts,

Are there any security reasons for disabling the command prompt for users in a domain?
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SvenIAAuthor Commented:
Thanks i found that first hit on Google myself. I was looking for peoples opinions on this topic. And also for more specific reasons. Why should i, or should i not disable the command prompt for domain users?
Kanti PrasadCommented:
Hi SvenIA

Try this it will give you the pros and cons
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the user is a Standard User, they cannot run an Admin Command prompt, so they are restricted in what they can do anyway.

Do you perceive a problem?  I do not have any issues at my clients.
Kanti PrasadCommented:
As cmd will be executed only after getting through any firewall in organizations there will not be any particular security threat from outside by enabling cmd.
In general controlling bat command execution (cmd execution), users directories with read only read-write access is the best way to control users not doing anything by accident.

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Theoretically, there could be flaws in cmd.exe that could be exploited so that the user could do things on his own machine that you might not want. But that would be bugs that will get fixed, normally. I have not heard of this occurring often and cannot remember when it happened for the last time.
This would mean they could maybe extend their local privileges. That what of course not meant they could do anything to other remote systems,

Since it is possible that your users might need the command prompt some day, I would not block it unless you are perfectly sure that they don't.
SvenIAAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help!
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