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Top 10 Potential Problematic Security Settings for Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2003.


Author: Kerry Steele MVP

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Top 10 Potential Problematic Security Settings

Many enterprise management tools rely on several of these features of the operating system:

Enterprise and other applications may require:
Administrative Shares (C$, ADMIN$) - AutoShareWks or AutoShareServer
Remote Registry Service
Task Scheduler
RestrictAnonymous (Null User Sessions)
NTFS/Registry Permissions
NetBIOS over TCP/IP
LM VS. NTLM VS. NTLMv2 Authentication - LmCompatibilityLevel
File/Printer Sharing Bindings
Workstation Service
Server Service

To troubleshoot most of these settings, it is either:
�- Turn it on
�- Turn it off
�- Tweak the value

For an application to function properly, it may require tuning several of the settings listed above.

The settings that are more difficult to troubleshoot are NTFS and Registry permissions.�
There are two ways to troubleshoot these issues:
�- Enable auditing of Failed Object Access, and watch for Failure events in the Event Viewer.
�- Use third party tools such as FileMon and RegMon from SysInternals � http://www.sysinternals.com.� Look for �Access Denied� alerts.

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Article ID : 555069
Revision : 1
Created on : 3/5/2004
Published on : 3/5/2004
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