Open Shares Windows 2003 Server

If you have say a open file share on a database server, am I right in thinking if say the Everyone group or Domain Users group had write access to that share that a disgruntled employee or malicious insider may be able to save a sniffer/packet analyzer on that share that would then sniff traffic in the same subnet as the database server? And what about key loggers, if you install it on a share that is say the servers E drive, yet the server OS is installed on the servers C, is the keylogger of no real threat once installed on an E drive?

The reason I ask is our admin has said there is no real danger in leaving an SQL Server mdf/ldf file on an open share, I am pretty sure the user cant just copy the mdf away as it would be locked by the server, but I am not sure if they could do any other mischief on the open share on what would be classed as a sensitive server. It is a large internal network userbase (5k users).
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
There is nothing to stop a user copying a file - even if a sever has it open - so there IS a danger that someone could copy your data - it is not generally a good idea to  have any 'open shared' except perhaps a a 'scratchpad' for unimportant and non-sensitive data

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I think your admin is correct.  In terms of someone saving a sniffer/packet analyzer on an open share - all that means is that the file(s) is/are stored there.  It's possible to drop a trojan on the share, but someone would have to execute it, and hopefully you have AV to detect that kind of thing anyway.  Same story for key loggers - it has to be executed by someone in order for it to be malicious to them.
pma111Author Commented:
Kcts, if its an mdf if you try and copy and paste it it says access denied, are you saying even if the sql service locks it you can copy it away?
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There is no harm in restricting access to the MDF/LDF files - it's probably more secure to do so as long as users don't need access to them.
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
You can copy open files - there are numerous utilities to do just that - however its going to be verry difficult to stop anyone who has legitimage access to a file from copying it - if a user has the right to read, then they can copy.
pma111Author Commented:
Can you list some tools so I can verify this and demonstrate the risk to the admin
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Just google 'copy locked files' - there is a lot of stuff out there
pma111Author Commented:
Are you referring to stuff like hobocopy? Does that honestly work on mdf files?
pma111Author Commented:
Does the version of the server OS come into this or is that irrelevant?
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
I assume you mean robocopy  - thats one option - or xcopy for that matter, as well of lots of 3rd party stuff
maybe even VBA - (not sure this would work for an MDF file -
pma111Author Commented:
Ok thanks, and does the version of the server with the open share affect if these tools will work or not?
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