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Microsoft Windows Security Resource Kit by Ben Smith

By Ben Smith

Defense isn't binary. it isn't a swap or perhaps a sequence of switches. It can't be expressed in absolute phrases. don't think someone who attempts to persuade you another way. safety is relative-there is simply safer and not more safe. moreover, safeguard is dynamic-people, method, and expertise all switch. the hot button is that every one of those elements make coping with safety difficult.This publication has been designed and written that can assist you raise, examine, and preserve the protection of pcs working Microsoft home windows 2000 and Microsoft home windows XP. it's going to additionally assist you greater know the way humans and approach are vital components of protection. via making use of the rules, practices, and suggestions special during this ebook, we are hoping that you're not in basic terms greater outfitted to control protection but in addition greater outfitted to consider defense!

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Active Directory and Windows NT domains contain several built-in global groups: • Domain Admins Members of the Domain Admins group have complete control over all objects in the domain. The Domain Admins group is also a member of the local Administrators group on all computers in the domain. Membership in this group should be kept to a minimum. • Enterprise Admins (Windows 2000 only) Members of the Enterprise Admins group have complete control of all objects in the forest. Enterprise Admins are members of all the built-in domain local Administrators groups in each domain in the 39 40 forest.

Because the System Key is stored on the floppy disk, the operating system is vulnerable to destruction of the floppy disk, which would render the operating system unable to boot. 49 50 • Level 3 Uses a password chosen by the administrator to derive the System Key. The operating system will prompt for the System Key password when the system begins the initial startup sequence, before the system is available for users to log on. The System Key password is not stored anywhere on the system; instead, an MD5 hash of the password is used as the master key to protect the password encryption key.

The process can also generate other security audits. The security log is used to trace unauthorized system access. • Increase Quotas Allows a process with Write access to another process to increase the processor quota assigned to that other process. This privilege is useful for system tuning but can be abused in a denial-of-service attack. • Increase Scheduling Priority Allows a process with Write access to another process to increase the execution priority of that other process. A user with this privilege can change the scheduling priority of a process through the Task Manager.

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