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common miscnfigured windows services and data exposure

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As an internal only user often we identify what we call “open shares and directories” on our domain – that often house sensitive data. I believe we access them over the SMB protocol. Aside from open shares, where all the user really needs to do to access is be a member of everyone or domain users group and no how to mount a remote share - are there any other services or common mistakes made on windows server that could also grant internal users inappropriate access to any sensitive data resident with little or no skill required to access it? Or are “Open shares” by far the easiest and most common on windows server? If there are other common misconfigured windows services that can grant access to data on target server – please detail.
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You are absolutely correct in that  “Open shares”  are the easiest and most common way of allowing inappropriate access.  So the key is to properly configure these shares to only allow those whom you'd really like to have the access.  My experience (as little as it may be) has been the over-use of the "everyone" group on shares.  Users should be categorized as much as possible in Active Directory by OUs and Groups to allow only the access needed.  Again, in my experience, I've seen the lazy method used to allow everyone access, and then we wonder why we have problems....
A second problem I've seen is another lazy implementation... overuse of the administrator group.  When this is done, your entire domain is in jeopardy.  
Not sure if I answered your question, but you've at least allowed me to vent...
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Good points will keep open for other input
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