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Hidden Shares - NOT Hidden.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Marian Henna, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Marian Henna

    Marian Henna Flightless Bird

    I just noticed this little detail.

    I fired up my laptop using a wireless connection to my Office LAN in our
    computer room. I have many hidden shares on four servers (with a $ of
    course). Two servers are Win2K3 and 2 are Win2K.

    When I fired up the network browser (my network places), I noticed that ALL
    the hidden shares were visible when I clicked on Entire Network. Also, in
    the right pane (window) it showed "Internet Connection" in the title bar.

    I don't ever recall seeing this - "Ever". I'm suspecting that it is because
    of the wireless connection - but I'm guessing here.

    The laptop is a fully patched WinXP SP3 machine.

    Out of curiosity, I fired up a laptop with Vista (yeah sorry...) using a
    wireless connection, and I got the same thing. When on a wired connection,
    this does not happen.

    Has anyone seen this before? How can I prevent this from happening?

    To be honest, we are quite concerned about this because we of course don't
    want these shares to be seen/available to anyone outside our LAN.

    btw: this occurs when the laptops are in the same "Workgroup" name - doesn't
    occur when they are Domain Members.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    > I just noticed this little detail.
    >
    > I fired up my laptop using a wireless connection to my Office LAN in our
    > computer room. I have many hidden shares on four servers (with a $ of
    > course). Two servers are Win2K3 and 2 are Win2K.
    >
    > When I fired up the network browser (my network places), I noticed that ALL
    > the hidden shares were visible when I clicked on Entire Network. Also, in
    > the right pane (window) it showed "Internet Connection" in the title bar.
    >
    > I don't ever recall seeing this - "Ever". I'm suspecting that it is because
    > of the wireless connection - but I'm guessing here.
    >
    > The laptop is a fully patched WinXP SP3 machine.
    >
    > Out of curiosity, I fired up a laptop with Vista (yeah sorry...) using a
    > wireless connection, and I got the same thing. When on a wired connection,
    > this does not happen.
    >
    > Has anyone seen this before? How can I prevent this from happening?
    >
    > To be honest, we are quite concerned about this because we of course don't
    > want these shares to be seen/available to anyone outside our LAN.
    >
    > btw: this occurs when the laptops are in the same "Workgroup" name - doesn't
    > occur when they are Domain Members.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >


    I think it will happen when you are logged on as administrator AND the
    same userid with the same password exists on the shared computer.

    Bernd
     
  3. Marian Henna

    Marian Henna Flightless Bird

    Thanks Brend. I tested your though by logging on with a different account
    and yes, you seem to be correct. With a different account, the share does
    not appear - even if the other user is a member of the local admin group.

    Thanks.

    "Bernd" <fake@gmx.de> wrote in message
    news:u38FNyO0KHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > -------- Original-Nachricht --------
    >
    >> I just noticed this little detail.
    >>
    >> I fired up my laptop using a wireless connection to my Office LAN in our
    >> computer room. I have many hidden shares on four servers (with a $ of
    >> course). Two servers are Win2K3 and 2 are Win2K.
    >>
    >> When I fired up the network browser (my network places), I noticed that
    >> ALL the hidden shares were visible when I clicked on Entire Network.
    >> Also, in the right pane (window) it showed "Internet Connection" in the
    >> title bar.
    >>
    >> I don't ever recall seeing this - "Ever". I'm suspecting that it is
    >> because of the wireless connection - but I'm guessing here.
    >>
    >> The laptop is a fully patched WinXP SP3 machine.
    >>
    >> Out of curiosity, I fired up a laptop with Vista (yeah sorry...) using a
    >> wireless connection, and I got the same thing. When on a wired
    >> connection, this does not happen.
    >>
    >> Has anyone seen this before? How can I prevent this from happening?
    >>
    >> To be honest, we are quite concerned about this because we of course
    >> don't want these shares to be seen/available to anyone outside our LAN.
    >>
    >> btw: this occurs when the laptops are in the same "Workgroup" name -
    >> doesn't occur when they are Domain Members.
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > I think it will happen when you are logged on as administrator AND the
    > same userid with the same password exists on the shared computer.
    >
    > Bernd
     
  4. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    > Thanks Brend. I tested your though by logging on with a different account
    > and yes, you seem to be correct. With a different account, the share does
    > not appear - even if the other user is a member of the local admin group.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >


    Thats the way it works, for remote administration (in contrast to Simple
    Filesharing using the Guest account).
    It's a feature, not a bug ;-)

    I learned it by trying to get running Psexec from Sysinternals.

    Bernd
     

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