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Security Deficiencies of Automated Windows Installations

by Donna Buenaventura / December 17, 2004 2:48 AM PST

Summary
In larger environments Windows workstations are usually installed in an automated manner using a so-called unattended setup. Serious weaknesses concerning the sources of these installations have frequently been identified by Compass Security during internal penetrations tests. Such weaknesses can enable an internal hacker to gain high-privileged (Domain Administrator) access in a short time. The aim of this article is to point out the problems in detail and to give suggestions in order to protect your installation sources properly.

Countermeasures:
In order to remove the weaknesses mentioned and to provide secure installation sources Compass Security offers some suggestions.

To view the suggestions - http://www.securiteam.com/securityreviews/6S00B1PC0U.html or http://www.csnc.ch/eng_unattendend_win_install.pdf

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