[Full-disclosure] Re: Question for the Windows pros

Paul Schmehl wrote in news:5E610DD0DFACB633154F31E7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

> This is incorrect. The privilege exists *and* functions on the
> Workstation operating systems Win2000 SP4 *and* WinXP. I have verified
> this through testing.

Yes, there's nothing new about impersonation, it's been there all the way
back to NT.

> I've already been there and read the page - several times. I understand
> *in general* what an impersonation privilege is. I need to know
> *specifically* what "server's clients" can be impersonated when this
> privilege is applied to an account. So far, I've found nothing on the web
> that even attempts to address that issue.

> Unfortunately, it has not. Again, I understand *in general* what
> impersonation is, how it works and what it can mean in terms of security.
> I am looking *specifically* for what a user who has the privilege
> Impersonate a client after authentication has the right to do. Does it
> mean that *anything* that user runs runs under his/her privileges? Does
> it mean only *local* processes are affected? Does it mean a hacker can
> access the machine remotely and run under the user's privileges?
> IOW, if I have a domain account name "Joe", and I grant "Joe" this
> privilege, what is placed at risk? The local machine he's logged in to?
> The entire domain? Only certain services? Saying it's a high risk (like
> ISS does) and then not defining *precisely* what the risks are is not
> helpful.

> And all I was really asking for is pointers to any white papers or
> conference presentations that even attempt to illuminate this issue.
> It's looking like there are none.

The info is out there, but it's scattered across a combination of MSDN,
WDJ, OSR and similar sources.

I started writing a full explanation yesterday when you posted this. I'll
try and finish it off when I get home from work this evening.

Can't think of a witty .sigline today....

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