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Print Spooler Disabled Due to PrintNightmare

June 30, 2021

As a protection against critical, remotely exploitable vulnerabilities within the Windows Print Spooler, Managed Workstation has disabled the Print Spooler on all Managed Workstations.  This will affect your ability to print, including using “print to PDF” functionality, and may prevent some applications from working as well.

This was not a decision taken lightly — we are aware that it may have a wide range of impacts to our customers.  However, the risks this vulnerability poses to the University as a whole gave us no choice but to act.

Please contact us via help@uw.edu if this severely impacts your business continuity and we’ll work with you to find a viable solution.

For reference:

PrintNightmare, Critical Windows Print Spooler Vulnerability | CISA

VU#383432 – Microsoft Windows Print Spooler RpcAddPrinterDriverEx() function allows for RCE (cert.org)

Categories: MWS Notifications