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Posted on 2011-02-28
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I've found a server on our network that I can access remotely just by browsing in Windows Explorer (starting from My Network Places and drilling down).

I can drill all the way down until I find, for instance, the following file:

\\server-here\SYSVOL\domain-here.domain.org\Policies\{9AF8586C-819F-truncated}\MACHINE\Microsoft\Windows NT\SecEdit\GptTmpl.inf

First of all, what is this file? Secondly, is access to this path and file a security risk, and if so, what are the risks?

Thanks guys.
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You've found the network share that serves out your domain's Group Policy settings to the computers on the domain.  That file contains your default security policy settings.  Everyone on the network should have read-only permissions to the folder you found, but not modify or write permissions.  Each machine and user needs to be able to read those settings so they can be downloaded and applied to each computer/user.
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