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GetAdmin Hotfix
From: mark () ntshop net (Mark Joseph Edwards)
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1997 17:16:20 -0500


Here's the KB article for GetAdmin from MS. Mark (http://www.ntsecurity.net)
DOCUMENT:Q146965
TITLE:GetAdmin Utility Grants Users Administrative Rights
PRODUCT:Microsoft Windows NT
PROD/VER:4.00 with SP3
OPER/SYS:WINDOWS
KEYWORDS:kbbug4.00 kbfile kbfix4.00 kbnetwork nt32ap ntsecurity NTSrvWkst

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The information in this article applies to:

 - Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0 Service Pack 3
 - Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0 Service Pack 3
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SYMPTOMS
========

A utility, Getadmin.exe, is being circulated on the Internet that grants
normal
users administrative rights by adding them to the Administrators group.
This
utility can be run from any user context except Guest and grants a local
user
account administrative rights.

CAUSE
=====

This problem occurs because of a problem in a low-level kernel routine
that
causes a global flag to be set which allows calls to NtOpenProcessToken to
succeed regardless of the current users permissions. This in turn allows
user
accounts to be granted administrative rights.

This problem only occurs on Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 installed.

RESOLUTION
==========

A fix has been developed by Microsoft which prevents this application from
granting administrative status to users. To resolve this problem, obtain
the
hotfix below, or wait for the next service pack.

NOTE: Service Pack 3 must be applied to Windows NT 4.0 prior to applying
this fix.

This hotfix has been posted to the following Internet location:

   ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/fixes/usa/nt40/
   hotfixes-postSP3/getadmin-fix

STATUS
======

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0.
A supported fix is now available, but has not been fully regression-tested
and should be applied only to systems experiencing this specific problem.
Unless you are severely impacted by this specific problem, Microsoft
recommends that you wait for the next Service Pack that contains this fix.
Contact Microsoft Technical Support for more information.

MORE INFORMATION
================

Getadmin.exe must be executed locally and works for accounts on a
workstation or member server and for domain accounts on a primary domain
controller (PDC). The utility does not function on a backup domain
controller (BDC) because the account database on a BDC is read only. The
only way to use GetAdmin to modify a domain account database is to log on
to a primary domain controller and run the utility locally on the PDC.

Additional query words: 4.00 prodnt security hole breach

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