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Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006 03:01 pm
Terminology

Everytime I go to a new client, the IT department has its own keywords and phrases that they use that deviate from Industry Standard. Today I learned one of the scariest I've encountered in a while. Here, an Administration Account refers to an account that has no physical person assigned to it. At first glance, this makes sense -- Administrator doesn't refer to a specific person, but rather to a system account used by Administrators to make changes to the configuration of the system (if Administrator rights aren't just doled out by the security people to user accounts). However, this term applies to all accounts that don't have a specific user attached, including all process and system accounts. This means that IUSR and IWAM are "Administration Accounts". SA-BOA-DATAGRABBER is an Administration Account. Yes, even Guest is an Administration Account. I can see this causing some pretty significant problems for newbies in IT.

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sirroxton
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Adam Augusta
Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)

... damn.


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taranhero
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Taran
Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)

Yes, even Guest is an Administration Account.

I like where this is going.


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