Screen saver grace period bypasses password protection

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Symptoms

After you configure your computer to use a screen saver with a password, and after the screen saver has started, you may be able to bypass the password security and unlock the computer by pressing a key or by moving the mouse.

Cause

There is a delay between the time that the screen saver locks the computer and the time that the password protection is established. During this interval, you can use a key press or mouse movement to unlock the computer without having to type the password.

Resolution

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Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000

To resolve this problem in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and in Microsoft Windows 2000, reduce the screen saver password registration interval in the registry. To do this:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
  2. On the Windows menu, click HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE on Local Machine.
  3. Double-click the \Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon folder.
  4. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, type ScreenSaverGracePeriod, click REG_SZ in the Data Type box, and then click OK.
  5. Type a number representing the password activation delay (in number of seconds) in the Data box, and then click OK. You can enter any whole number between 0 and 2,147,483. The default entry is 5. If you use an entry of zero, there is no password protection delay.
  6. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

To resolve this problem in Microsoft Windows XP and in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, reduce the screen saver password registration interval in the registry. To do this:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
  4. Type ScreenSaverGracePeriod, and then press ENTER.
  5. Double-click ScreenSaverGracePeriod.
  6. Click Decimal under the Base heading, and then enter a number in the Value data box that represents the password activation delay in seconds.

    You can enter any whole number between 0 and 2,147,483 (approximately 24 days). A value of zero indicates no password protection delay. There is no default entry.
  7. Click OK, and then exit Registry Editor.
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ID članka: 221784 - posljednja izmjena: 7. sij 2008. - verzija: 1

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