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RE: windows 2003 server
From: "Vinay_Dwarakanath" <Vinay_Dwarakanath () Satyam com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 10:28:03 +0530

Just wondering... Heard that the security in 2003 is been strengthened.
How does one dump the passwords from the SAM file. Is it via pwdump
utility or are there any better suggestions.

Vinay


-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of John Babio
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:21 PM
To: Salvador.Manaois () infineon com; chris_parker () adelphia net;
pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: windows 2003 server

Here is a question. Without physical access the most you can do is dump
the hashes. Is it possible to obtain the \windows\repair\sam file while
the machine is up and running? Kind of ftp it to another location?

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Salvador.Manaois () infineon com
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 7:45 AM
To: chris_parker () adelphia net; pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: windows 2003 server

If your main goal is to gauge the "strength" of your organization's
password policy and _not_ how to break into the win2003 server, then you
should try to dump a copy of the SAM file onto a password-cracker.
Remotely checking the password strength may require you to try
brute-forcing a session to the server (but then again, if the invalid
login threshold setting and the account lockout policy are defined, you
may find this exercise frustratingly time-consuming). =)

...badz...
Salvador Manaois III

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Chris Parker
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 7:16 AM
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: windows 2003 server

Nicolas RUFF wrote:
I have a win2003 server that I have been asked to test its password 
policy.  I am new to this and was wondering what would be the best 
approach to gain access?  It is in my local network and will be 
segregated from the rest of the network for testing.  I would be 
using a remote machine to log in and not locally.  What would be your
suggestions?

Password policy can be found in Administrative Tools/[Local | Domain] 
Security Policy.

What do you mean by "testing password policy" ?

Why do you need to gain access ? You'd better ask for an 
administrative account and dump the SAM file into a password cracker
(like LCP).

Given the default security policy of W2003 (anonymous account 
enumeration blocked, password length over 7 and mixed characters 
required), your chances to break in remotely without any additional 
information are near zero.

Regards,
- Nicolas RUFF

First, we are trying to lock down our servers.  I came into this after
they had these server up for a few years, so you can see my work is cut
out for me.  I just wanted the best ways to test to make sure most users
cannot get where they are not suppose to be.  Current password policy is
8 characters, upper lower number.

thanks
Chris Parker

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