Weak password on network shares

I have a situation with a client involving a worm (indentified by Norton as W32.HLLW.Gaobot.gen).  As part of the clean up operation, Norton suggests replacing "weak passwords on network shares" to strong passwords.  My question is this:  which password are we talking about?  XP user passwords?  Admin password on the router?  Some other password?  They are running two XP desktops and one XP notebook (sometimes on the network) on a wireless network.

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Hi ComputerMensch,
When you share a folder you can assign a password that allows access to the share. It is referring to this password. You should also ensure the XP user passwords are strong.

LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi ComputerMensch,

Any passwords needed for shares.
So, local administrator passwords (a lot of times these are forgotten)
But also usernames and passwords of the normal users (if they have shares open on their computers, including the administrative shares if they have local rights.

So, to make it short, close to all user passwords in your network, and it's never a bad idea to use strong passwords.



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If you want to see what shares you have on your computer:
Right click on My Computer
Select Manage
System Tools - Shared Folders - Shares
or type:
at the command prompt.
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XP doesn't have share passwords. It uses access lists.

It is talking on shares you might have on a 98 (or older) box. On 98 when you setup a shair you specify a password for that share. The worm tries to connect to shares like this using a list of simple passwords.
"XP doesn't have share passwords. It uses access lists."
Is that even true even in workgroups? I haven't been outside of a domain for ages so I assumed it was still there.
In that case all he needs to do is choose some decent user passwords.
I like to stick a * or a number in the middle of 2 words. That way it makes it a little bit harder to crack using brute-force/dictionary but you can still remember it.
Yes, you have to authenticate to a user that the machine recognizes. Either a domain controller or a local machine account. If the guest account is enabled (disabled by default) and has a weak password that may look like a share password and could cause problems. Also a share on XP can be setup to allow everyone without a password (bad).

I haven't messed with XP home or many xp machines on a workgroup, but if it says it's a share password, then it's really just setting up the guest account.
ComputerMenschAuthor Commented:
Thank  you all.  I just wanted to be sure there was nothing I was missing and that was the answer I was looking for!
LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Glad to help :)

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