Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts using Intune Policy

Here, this post will help you in the deployment of the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts using Intune Policy. We’ll make use of Intune’s Settings Catalog to install this policy. We are using configuration Profiles of Intune to deploy the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy.

Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy setting governs the use of security questions for resetting passwords on local accounts. It’s important to note that the security question feature is exclusive to local accounts on the workstation and does not apply to domain accounts.

Users might create security questions that are easily discoverable or inferred by observing their social media accounts. This makes it more convenient for a malicious actor to alter the password for the local user account, subsequently gaining unauthorized access to the computer under that user account.

Organizations often assess and implement password reset policies as part of their broader security strategy. The inclusion or exclusion of security questions is influenced by security best practices and compliance requirements.

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Administrators can configure this policy setting based on the security and access requirements of the organization, determining whether or not security questions are a permissible method for local account password resets. The recommended state for this setting is Enabled.

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.1

Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy

To create a Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy, follow the steps stated below:

  • Sign in to the Intune Admin Center portal https://intune.microsoft.com/.
  • Select Devices > Windows > Configuration profiles > Create a profile.

In Create Profile, I select Windows 10 and later in Platform and select Profile Type as Settings catalog. Click on the Create button.

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.2

On the Basics tab pane, I provide a name for the policy “Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy.”

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  • Optionally, if you want, you can enter a policy description and proceed by selecting “Next“.
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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.3

Now in Configuration Settings, Click Add Settings to browse or search the catalog for the settings I want to configure.

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.4

In the Settings Picker windows. I searched for the keyword Credential User Interface. I found the category Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Credential User Interface and selected this.

  • When I select that option as stated above, I see the sub-category Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts. After selecting that, click the cross mark at the right-hand corner, as shown below.
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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.5

Here in Administrative Templates, I have enabled the Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts.

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.6

Using Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. One can add scope tags (if required). More details on Intune Scope Tags Implementation Guide.

  • Click Next to continue.

Now in Assignments, in Included Groups, you need to click on Add Groups and choose Select Groups to include one or more groups. Click Next to continue.

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.7

In the Review + Create tab, I review settings. After clicking on Create, changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.8

After successfully creating the “Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy,” a notification will appear in the top right-hand corner confirming the action. You can also verify the policy’s existence by navigating to the Configuration Profiles list, where it will be prominently displayed.

Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service. The Policy applies to the device.

Intune Report for Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy

From the Intune Portal, you can view the Intune settings catalog profile report, which provides an overview of device configuration policies and deployment status.

To track the assignment of the policy, you need to select the relevant policy from the Configuration Profiles list, which is the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy. Then, you can review the device and user check-in status to determine whether the policy has been successfully applied.

  • If you require more detailed information, you can click on “View Report” to access additional insights.
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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.9

Intune MDM Event Log – Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy

You can leverage event IDs 813 and 814 to verify the successful implementation of String or integer policies for the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy on Windows 10 or 11 devices through Intune.

These event IDs provide valuable insights into the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy’s application status and the specific value assigned to the policy on those devices. In the case of this particular policy, the value is String and is linked to the event ID 814.

By analyzing these event IDs, you can clearly understand the policy’s application status and the corresponding value associated with it on the devices in question.

To confirm this, you can check the Event log path – Applications and Services Logs – Microsoft – Windows – Devicemanagement-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider – Admin.

MDM PolicyManager: Set policy string, Policy: (NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions), Area: (ADMX_CredUI), EnrollmentID requesting merge: (5B88AEF1-09E8-43BB-B144-7254ACBBDF3E), Current User: (Device), String: (<enabled/>), Enrollment Type: (0x6), Scope: (0x0).

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.10

When I opened the above Event log, I found that the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Policy I applied to the device was successfully implemented.

  • By reviewing the log entry shown in the above image, the Event Viewer, I came across essential information, including the Area and Enrollment ID.

These details play a significant role in identifying the corresponding registry path. To locate the specific information, please consult the table provided below:

AreaPolicyStringScopedEvent ID
ADMX_CredUINoLocalPasswordResetQuestionsEnabledDevice814
Table 1 – Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy

The details presented in the table above for the Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy can be employed to access the registry settings that hold the group policy configurations on a specific computer. T

To accomplish this, you can execute “REGEDIT.exe” on the target computer and navigate to the precise registry path where these settings are stored.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\providers\5B88AEF1-09E8-43BB-B144-7254ACBBDF3E\default\Device\ADMX_CredUI

When you navigate the above path in the Registry Editor, you will find the registry key named NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions. Also, when I navigated to the above path, I saw that the Registry Key was created successfully.

Registry NameData
NoLocalPasswordResetQuestionsEnabled
Table 2 – Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy
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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.11

Windows CSP Details NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions

We will see Windows CSP Details for this Policy setting NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions. The policy setting provides control over the use of security questions specifically for local account password resets, offering administrators flexibility in aligning security measures with organizational needs. The distinction from domain accounts ensures that the policy’s impact is limited to the local environment of the individual workstation.

CSP URI – ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/ADMX_CredUI/NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions

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Prevent the Use of Security Questions for Local Accounts Using Intune Policy Fig.12

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Abhinav Rana is working as an SCCM and Intune Admin with several years of experience. He loves to help the community by sharing his knowledge. He is a B.Tech graduate in Information Technology.

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