Re: Changing local admin PW using vb logon script - can it be encrypted?

One should also note that any login script in sysvol is, by default, readable by all authenticated users. All anyone has to do is browse to \\\sysvol\\scripts and they can just open up the vbs file. Not a very good place to put "secret" information.


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Subject: AW: Changing local admin PW using vb logon script - can it be encrypted?

Hi Tom, 3 possible options out of the mind:

- Use GPO setting for a default admin pwd => Hashed PW will be transmitted by applying the pw (not really save, but better than
- Use SMB-Signing for Client/Server requests/replies => secured transmission of logon events (cleartext, but secured in a signed
transport layer)
- Use IPSec for network traffic => best solution ever for secure transmission of IP-Traffic but most efforts for rollout & running
an enviroment

Hope it helped ;)

Andreas Habedank
HBDK.DE - IT-Security Management & Consulting - Ledersberg 3 - D-83727 Schliersee CPTS Instructor / CEH / MCSE / RSA SecurID SE

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Betreff: Changing local admin PW using vb logon script - can it be encrypted?

Hi all,

Long time lurker, first time poster. We have roughly 500 computers that we'd like to change the local admin passwords on. We
realize the security risks of having 1 password on all of our computers and are willing to assume that risk. We've developed a VB
script that we can implement as a logon script that works perfectly to change the password. We do not want this script sent along
as clear text if we can avoid it. Is there any way we can encrypt this script?

We've looked at options such as using Windows permissions to either deny Domain Users access (preventing anyone from reading the
script) or allowing only Domain Computers Read Only access.however I think that if you are logged into a local computer you should
be able to read the script. Not to mention, if you could capture the packets, you could easily find the script and its contents so
permissions would matter at all in that scenario.

Any help and/or insight is greatly appreciated.




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