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RE: Unwanted programs on Win2K
From: Tim Donahue <TDonahue () haynesconstruction com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 14:08:51 -0500

I recommend the book Hacking Windows 2000 Exposed (ISBN 0072192623) it is an
book that covers many vunerabilites on a Windows 2000 based computer.  

Tim Donahue

-----Original Message-----
From: ahaly () softhome net [mailto:ahaly () softhome net] 
Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 6:38 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Unwanted programs on Win2K


This question is not from an admin but a end-user. I am doing 
my studies 

in a big university and we have many Win2K machines in our labs and 


Sometimes I find applications like Yahoo and MSN Messenger 
installed on 

these machines. I have also sometimes seen things like Kazaa. 

these are not supposed to be there. As in only the apps that 
are installed 

by admins are supposed to be there and the above mentioned 
apps are not 

part of the admin list of apps. When I try to install an 
application, I 

get an error saying that I don't have privileges. I know I don't have 

privileges but there is someone out there who has found a way 
to bypass 

the restrictions. 

Question: How can someone bypass restrictions in Win2k to 
install software 

when he doesn't have proper privileges?

Reason for asking question: If someone can install Kazaa, 
someone can also 

install a keyreader or something like that. 

Maybe I am paranoid, but everytime I login, maybe I am 
telling someone - 

hey, this is my passwrd. 


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