Secure Against NetBIOS Name Service (NBT-NS) Poisoning Attacks with Group Policy

What is the NetBIOS Name Service, and Why is it Vulnerable to Poisoning Attacks? When reaching other systems on the network, we tend to think of DNS being the primary way that a Windows computer can translate a name to an IP address. However, there are several other methods available. One of the available name resolution services is the NetBIOS over TCP/IP Name Service (NBT-NS).…

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Replacing RunOnce

Recently, I was assigned to project work where I needed to manage configuration settings for users of newly deployed Windows 7/8 computers and an old familiar trick no longer worked. Previously, the use of built-in Windows functions, such as writing information to the RunOnce key of the default user profile, worked well.…

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Creating User Interfaces in Windows Scripting Host

There are several ways for system administrators to collect input from users via a logon script and each has its advantages. The process we will be exploring in this post has the advantages that it is not does not require security reconfiguration as when working with HTA (HTML Applications) files and it allows the administrator an array of more diverse, normalized input methods.…

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