Obscure system root directory for security reasons

Posted on 2005-04-06
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
An audit recently suggested that we rename the c:\winnt directory when installing new servers, to prevent hackers from accessing the system files.
What are the implications of doing this? Are there more negative consequences, than the sole security enhancement at stake? Personally I think that most hackers would know this by now anyway, and that a simple search on a system file should direct them to the desired folder.

I cannot find anything on Microsoft's site, so any suggestions, advice is highly appreciated.


Question by:NVGEBE
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi JT,

    It's a bit of an odd request - even if the directory is a different name the location is stored in the environmental variable set:


    It is also stored as the administrative share "\\server\admin$".

    Basically, I don't really see how renaming Windows is going to help if a hacker already has access to your system drive.



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    Thank you for your response Chris.



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