Completely defeating windows xp security.

Posted on 2003-02-24
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How would you go about disabling all forms of windows xp security, over a peer to peer network. Disabling all auditing and asking for passwords, just simple no frills no security network access. I dont want the excess network traffic having to do with authentication, I dont just want the authentication to be transparent, but NONE.
Question by:Dustovich
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Ghost_Hacker earned 400 total points
ID: 8010785
Either setup "simple file sharing" or enable the guest account.

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ID: 8010865
This site explains how to setup simple file sharing on Xp systems.


Good Luck :-)

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ID: 8013050
What we are really after is the way Windows 2000 treated security. You could create the same user on two computers with identical usernames and passwords and windows would allow network access both ways without any login windows etc. Windows XP seems to treat usernames as Active Directory style users, and won't treat the same username on two computers as the same user. Is there any way in a peer-to-peer environment to get Windows XP to play well with others?
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ID: 8015017
So you need Windows XP to accept pre-windows 2000 logins?

Or is XP displaying a logon screen where users STILL type in pre-windows 2000 login before getting access to shares.

I'm sorry but your not making it easy to understand your problem and there is a limit to how much time I'll devote to figuring it out. Or mabey it is simply and I'm too simply minded to get it :-)

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ID: 8017657
Clarifying for Dustovich,

"Or is XP displaying a logon screen where users STILL type in pre-windows 2000 login before getting access to shares."

Yes. In a Win2K scenario, if the user browsed to the computer, and the user/pass they were using matched a user already on the computer they were browsing, it would treat them as authenticated, generating no login screen.

XP doesn't do this. I can't add a user called "bob" to an XP computer and use that login/password to acces the computer over the network.

Essentially it seems in my understanding Microsoft is trying to do away with peer-to-peer networking and force everyone to Windows server.

What we'd like to do is have a share open to Everyone. No authentication required. All files in share available to Everyone.

Possible? You say simple file sharing. I think that's the idea but the confusing part is some of the networks I'm working in that doesn't work, there are still login screens coming up, sometimes ones where no name/pass combination work.


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ID: 8018238
Hmmmmm....If you enable the Xp guest account and use the "everyone" group for access control, that should get rid of the login prompt. Of course it gets rid of security too. :-)

Also XP doesn't allow login for any user who has a blank password. (could this be what your seing ?)

This page should help in that case:



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ID: 8018295
Also if your using Win 9x you should use the "Client for MS network" login at the local computer instead of the "Windows login".

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ID: 8030157
one other option is you could set an auto admin login and have all machines login automatically with an assigned username and password which is the same on all machines which would overcome the authentication issue.

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