RE: Encrypting remote files with EFS

From: Depp, Dennis M. (
Date: 05/11/05

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    Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 07:37:22 -0400
    To: "Bruce K. Marshall" <>, Zack Schiel <>

    The files on the server should be encrypted. However, they would be
    decrypted on the server and sent over the wire unencrypted.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Bruce K. Marshall []
    Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 4:28 PM
    To: Zack Schiel
    Subject: Re: Encrypting remote files with EFS


    My suspicion would be that the files on the suspect servers are not
    encrypted. The behavior is not consistent with my experience or

    Have you verified that the encrypted attribute is still set on files
    on the server?

    Bruce K. Marshall -
    Security PS - Kansas City
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Zack Schiel" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 9:03 AM
    Subject: Encrypting remote files with EFS
    We are in the midst of deploying EFS to protect specific folders on
    hard drives. We want EFS used only for that purpose-locally; as such, we
    not want users to have the ability to encrypt files that are residing on
    file servers. According to my understanding of EFS, which seems to be 
    confirmed by the quote below from Windows help, users shouldn't be able
    do so unless we specifically enable file server(s) to be trusted for 
    delegation in AD.
    "In a domain environment, remote encryption is not enabled by default.
    enable encryption for a specific computer, your network administrator
    make that computer trusted for delegation. For more information, consult
    your network administrator."
    However, some of our servers are allowing files to be encrypted and 
    decrypted remotely-and these servers are *not* marked as trusted for 
    delegation in AD. Further, the user that encrypted the file can scoot
    to another PC, log in as themselves, and access the file-and we have no
    infrastructure in place; these are locally-generated EFS certificates
    do not chain back past the local client machine. The certificate
    in the personal store for the user account on the two PCs do not match,
    they can access the file just the same, while other user accounts
    I'm thoroughly confused by this behavior, and would appreciate any
    chiming in and cluing me in as to why 1) some servers are allowing
    encryption, while others are not, and 2) why locally-generated EFS certs
    behaving this way.
    Our environment:
    -Windows 2000 native-mode domain
    -All DCs are Win2k, file servers are a 2k/2003 mix
    -Clients are 2000/XP; the OS of the client/server doesn't seem to 
    matter-some 2k3 servers allow remote encryption, some don't, and some
    servers allow, while others don't.

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