Active Directory (AD) is a directory service created by Microsoft for Windows domain networks it provides an central location for network administration and security

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AD Authentication using LDAP : Can I authenticate outside of DMZ/Domain [migrated]

The method I use to authenticate a user's credentials on active directory is (Simplified): New DirectorySearcher(New DirectoryEntry(path, user, pass, AuthenticationTypes.Secure)).FindOne() On fail, ...
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Accessing user accounts without asking for their password

I don't like asking my (windows network) users for their passwords, it doesn't seem like a good security practice. I also want to train my users to never give their password to anyone if they ask for ...
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Monitoring Active Directory Domain Administrator Activities

I need to monitor Active Directory domain administrator activities and look for the following: 1) Looking for anomalies in daily activity 2) Getting alerted upon a violation My problem is that ...
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nslookup shows wrong data [migrated]

I am currently an administrator and have about 150 windows systems running. The previous administrator turned out be be a real nightmare for me before he left. The network assignes some windows ...
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Drawbacks of using ADFS for SSO for external users

Is there any drawback for creating a separate AD forest for external users of organization to authenticate them to access some web applications? Is there any performance and synchronization issues ...
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Can a Certificate Authority associated with Active Directory publish a client certificate to a browser?

Can I use some integration of Windows Active Directory and a Certificate Authority to embed a client certificate in a browser that will be trusted by a server? I have a private domain and control ...
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LDAP Authentication and Sessions

Given a Web Application with Form-based login and a central directory: using LDAP (fast) bind in an application with the actual user has a number of advantages (opposed to using a service user and ...
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How can I determine the domain controller when it's not in DNS?

On a penetration test going in blind for an organization, meaning no knowledge of network topology of design, no idea what the domain(s) might be, and domain controller is not apparent in DNS...how ...
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Are there best practices concerning application account credentials?

I am looking for best practices concerning application account credentials. For example, suppose I got a corporate application which uses an Active Directory application user account to communicate ...
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Web and Intranet applications on different domains login to the same Database

Imagine a web application is on an active directory domain A, and the internal Intranet application is on domain B. There is a SQL server on domain A, and we can use Windows Authentication for the web ...
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Corporate Domain-Joined PC Used in China [closed]

What would be the disadvantages of allowing a user to travel to China (business trip) using a domain-joined corporate Windows PC as opposed to a non-domain-joined PC?
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Obtaining login scripts for a domain?

I have read that a useful technique in penetration testing is to obtain the login scripts for a domain, as they may often have passwords obfuscated in there or other useful information. However, in ...
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How to locate a domain controller on a Windows network when not a member?

Is there a way to determine which machine on an active directory network is the domain controller, if on a computer not logged on to the domain? This is for a penetration test, going in blind. I've ...
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Is it possible to cause a DOS attack on a domain by spoofing the DC's NTP request?

According to this page: Be aware that the Network Time Protocol (NTP) is unauthenticated, and unencrypted, and it is possible for an intruder to spoof the time root source, causing the wrong ...
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Can I force unique passwords for domain admin accounts?

Best practices would dictate that domain admins should not be logged into as such for daily tasks. Ideally the user would have two accounts; Their "daily" account and their domain admin account. How ...
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Federation Service to Azure with users from trusted domain.

I want to set up a website on Azure according to the following requirements and are wondering if it is even possible? As a internal team member, I must be able to login to the site with Windows ...
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Active Directory Injection attack

Is there a possible way of injecting code to pull data from Active directory? I have written a PHP page that executes Powershell and is able to change passwords to a controlled group of people. ...
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Trust relationship between domains

I am working in a organisation where it has a structure of parent company and Subsidiary. Both are individual domains without Trust. I work for Subsidiary Requirement is Subsidiary company should ...
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What happens if someone steals one of my additional domain controllers

What happens if someone steals one of my additional domain controllers? What information could an attacker get from my domain controller?
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How to check for presence of LM hashes in local SAM

To get rid of LM hashes in local SAM databases, one can rely on the famous NoLMHash domain GPO, which instructs clients not to store password hashes with the LM algorithm locally ("Do not store LAN ...
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How to trace AD Admin Login

How to trace an admin login to active directory server (2008 R2) from which host or which ip (In the situation where multiple admin are working) ?
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Are “Certificate Templates” used only as a “Template” or do they validate a certificate request?

I'm trying to learn how Microsoft Certificate Templates interact with a certificate request, and can only guess that they take on one of the two/three forms: They simply help the client create a ...
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Any network related security benefits using RODC (Read Only DC) in DMZ?

Windows servers in the DMZ need to communicate with the Active Directory. I do not like that the servers will have direct communication with my Active Directory, so I consider installing a Read-Only ...
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Active Directory - Denial-of-Service [duplicate]

How can I prevent a user on the domain from launching a denial-of-service attack against Active Directory by scripting bad password attempts against every user in the domain?
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OWA + AD Lockout Policy: Quite the Mixture

Many organizations have webmail exposed to the world. These sites are often hooked up to AD for user authentication. Are there any specific security controls OWA (Outlook web app) has that would ...
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Identical lanman hashes on AD accounts?

I ran metasploit's smart_hashdump module against my (2008r2) domain controllers, trying to find any accounts that may still have lanman hashes in place. These should have been disabled long ago. I'm ...
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Does RADIUS allow for eventual, gradual adoption of 2 Factor auth in an AD Environment?

We have several applications that leverage AD SAML (via Ping Federate) LDAP authentication from 3rd party applications Windows workstation / Exchange auth (Kerberos) IIS and web components ...
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MS Certificate Services, SCEP and Domain Credentials

I'm reading about Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP)2 vulnerabilities from CSS's The Use of the Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) and Untrusted Devices. The paper discusses a ...
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Active Directory - Certificate Based Authentication - Multiple certificates for user

First, I have very limited knowledge about AD. Problem: I authenticating users on AD using user certificates. I want to authenticate user on various devices (including mobile devices). Each will ...
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Access control on a primarily windows LAN [closed]

This question is a bit broad, but I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I administer a small LAN at work with 15-20 machines on it. They are running Windows XP - Windows 8 and I have ...
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Does Active Directory Certificate Services support Card Verifiable Certificates?

Does Active Directory Certificate Services support accepting requests for, and generation of, Card Verifiable Certificates (TR-03110)? If so, in which version of Windows Server was the functionality ...
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Are non-personal AD users a security risk?

After an IT audit of my company, the report said that our Active Directory contained too many non-personal user accounts. This caused a risk of misuse and unauthorized user access. I checked my ...
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Is Domain Logins a potential attack vector?

Say you have a windows server that works as a PDC AD box. Is this a potential Attack Vector for a small 20 people buisness? Wouldn't it be better to simply have an encrypted database file with all the ...
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Where does Active Directory store user hashes?

During a penetration test for a client, having an infrastructure with multiple (5) Active Directory Servers (Win Serv 2008 R2)... I found a nice exploit to drop a system shell in one of the servers, ...
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How to Man in the Middle Internal AD Traffic

A coworker asked me why I thought encrypting internal AD Bind communication was important. I said because I follow a standard security practice, but couldn't actually articulate how an attacker would ...
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How do you secure service account password on enterprise windows enviroment?

I'm suppose to have a large environment ( 500+ servers ) all Windows based joined to Active Directory domain. Some domain accounts are used for application\middleware authentication that needs high ...
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Authentication for external applications

I need to design an application for internal corporate use. The application must be hosted externally. Ideally I'd like that application to be able to authenticate and authorize against the corporate ...
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Safe to expose Active Directory via LDAPS externally?

We currently access Active Directory via LDAPS internally for authentication and user data retrieval. Is it common, or safe, to expose this publicly over LDAPs? Addendum 1: Our business case, ...
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Storing the MAC Address of a computer in Active Directory

I’m considering enabling WoL (Wake on LAN) on the workstations on my network. In order to boot a workstation using WoL I require its MAC address. I could store the MAC address in a database, however ...
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How does the authentication flow with Azure Active Directory differ from Azure ACS?

I understand that Azure ACS acted as a STS that had the ability to redirect users to a given STS (OpenID, LiveID, Facebook) or authenticate using a local user/password account. In a passive situation ...
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Authentication for Mobile Devices

I am looking for ways to Authenticate on a mobile device. The mobile application is connecting to a WCF Service which in turn connects to a Database. Before the application retrieves any information ...
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Does Windows keep an Active Directory user token while locked?

The Firewire DMA hack Inception allows for the password checking subroutines on a local Windows box to be overwritten, allowing any password to be entered for a locked computer. My question is about ...
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Routable Domain for DC?

What is the impact of having a routable domain name in windows network infrastucture ? Having example.com in place of exemple.local as domain name have an critical impact ? if yes what should I keep ...
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Implications of using domain\computername$ account to serve SQL data to IIS

One of our coders is trying to get Windows Authentication to work on a new web app that he's developing (.Net 4.0, MVC, via IIS 7.0/7.5). The application connects to a SQL Server database back-end ...
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Barracuda antispam access to active directory in dmz : opening port or not?

I have a Barracuda Antispam unit and look to use recipient validation with active directory to stop sending NDRs (non-delivery reports) when we are being spammed. What I see on the web is people ...
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Prevent unauthorized workstations from joining a Windows Domain

Corporate policy only allows users to connect corporate-issued machines to the network managed by Active Directory. Is there some means to log or otherwise detect when the same user account joins the ...
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opening up Active directory to cloud services?

We are testing SPAM/Virus cloud solutions and they can read active directory users and groups to help with users set-up and configuration. All they need from me is a user name, a password and the ...
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Brute Forcing Domain Controller

I have a MS-Server2K3 domain controller that also serves as a Exchange server. Due to recent network speed loss and issues I began looking at event logs and noticed an exceptionally large number of ...
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To DMZ, or not to DMZ

So for an assignment, we need to create a scheme (and eventually also the set-up) of a couple of servers in a network. The 'networks' are: Internal network DMZ The internet And the servers we ...
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iOS auth/auth with a REST Webservice

we're currently in the design phase of a new "Gateway-Server" which we want to develop. Our server has a REST-Service. My task is to find viable options to protect the access to the aforementionend ...