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Re: Windows Server without AD?
From: lukasz () piatek pl
Date: 7 Dec 2009 00:02:22 -0000

Hi.

Do not expect it will be easy to break Windows Server 2003 box because of lack of AD. Windows 2000 introduced Kerberos 
as a new authentication method since 1999. There are some slight differences between MIT and Microsoft Kerberos 
implementation (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3244). There are many ways how to secure infrastructure based on Windows 
Server platform without AD implemented (which is usually implemented only when higher scalability is the primary 
concern). You may try to brute force built-in Administrator account but if I were the man who hardened this box (if 
such was performed) I would disable this account at all and enable detailed auditing for any fishy activity. You 
mentioned about Terminal Services being used on the box. You may use tsgrinder to try to brute force account of 
somebody and then try to elevate privileges. If this host is not firewalled (what is sometimes true) you may try this 
host to be nessused for any major security holes.

Regards,

Lukasz Piatek
http://blog.lukaszpiatek.com
http://lukasz.piatek.pl
http://ntsecurity.pl

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