January 24th, 2008, 01:07 PM
Windows Shares - Everyone Group
Windows users generally make the extensive use of file sharing. I wanted to know whether there is anyway to remove "Everyone" group being listed which comes by default when creating file sharing on Windows XP/2003 machines. Right now when anyone creates shares, "Everyone" group appears by default even though with Read permissions. But still from security perspective it is not good if someone accidentally shares some sensitive data and forgets to give proper permission on the user workstations. Can this be done through GPO??
Anyone has any insights into this one?
January 24th, 2008, 01:35 PM
Yes, it is possible, but undocumented. I actually have never seen
the following on the web.
What you find[1,2] are information about a registry binary called
SrvsvcDefaultShareInfo. This binary defines the default permission
when creating a new share (resp. for all old shares with the
default security descriptor).
What value to use?
Do the following:
1. Create a new share "test" and give it the default permission you want
2. Go to the following registry key
and export the binary called "test".
3. Use this value for
(best way: export/import the key).
4. Setup you GPO accordingly.
As an additional remark: After passing the share-permission, the user still
has to pass the filesystem permissions.
(Q: How do I secure file shares on my computer?)
Last edited by sec_ware; January 24th, 2008 at 01:40 PM.
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January 24th, 2008, 04:04 PM
two types of permissions
resource [files etc]
ntfs [users gpo]
I seem to remember MS best practice is to give everyone account access to resource, and use group policy to control access
so that you are only having to consider ONE thread of permissions, not both
because there are things to remember when altering permissions
RSoP [Resultant Set of Policy] tool can quickly determine just what your policies have actually allowed
I posted a thread a little while back, will link later
but there are other reasons TO remove everyone group
and it isn't just because you are not on a domain
starting to ramble now
Last edited by foxyloxley; January 24th, 2008 at 04:08 PM.
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January 25th, 2008, 09:09 AM
From a security perspective you shouldn't allow regular users to create shares in the first place.
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January 26th, 2008, 05:20 PM
thanks a lot for ur replies. excellent
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