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Can Windows Shared Folder attributes be changed remotely?

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Hello all,

I'm fighting the flu right now, so brain...slow...

Hopefully you can help me wrap my brain around this.

I have a small network that I administer.  It has a SBS2003 server.  I got a call today that when they go in the Network Share nothing is there.

So I log on remotely and sure enough, the attributes on the Network Share folder are RHS.  Obviously a virus has changed the attributes.

What I'm trying to wrap my brain around is whether the virus HAS to be on the server or whether it could be on one of the workstations.  In other words, is it possible to change the attributes of a Shared folder from a remote machine?

Thanks,

-John
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by:tycoot
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I've used Attribute Changer, it is freeware, you can accomplish this remotely using this program. Fair warning, be careful and make sure you start small!
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by:Brian Pringle
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You can connect to a remote computer in Computer Management to change the shares.
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by:nieblertech
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Thanks experts.  I guess a little more clarification is required.

I have a Shared Folder on this server called "Network Share".  When I look in Windows Explorer at the attributes for "Network Share", they are RHS.

What I'm trying to figure out is whether the attributes of the actual folder could get changed by a virus on a different computer.  Is that possible?  Or would the infection have to be on the server to change the Shared folder's attributes?

-John
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Yes it is possible, if it was mapped on another drive or VM persay it would treat it as local files. So a remote server infected does have the ability to change permissions as long as it has the access as whatever user it is running as.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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For the root of the share i.e.  c:\abc\test shared as \\servername\test  the user would have to be logged onto the domain as any of the domain administrator roles that has sufficient rights to create/update shares.  For the subdirectories anything is possible if the user has sufficient permissions.
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Yes it's possible BUT to do the best, check which users have full permission on that folder.
All the permitted users can manipulate these attributes whether locally or remote.
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