How to Use AccessChk.exe for Security Compliance Management

How to Use AccessChk.exe for Security Compliance Management

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In this article we invite Michael Tan, one of our senior program mangers, to introduce a new feature in the recently updated Sysinternals tool called AccessChk. His two part article looks at how the new AccessChk feature works and the benefits of using this Sysinternals tool. The second part takes a look at the using the tool with Configuration Manager’s DCM feature, and how the Security Compliance Management toolkit benefits from the efforts.

 

Microsoft released the Security Compliance Management toolkit on June 5, 2008, on TechNet and as a free download on the Microsoft Download Center. The toolkit enables organizations to monitor the security compliance state of their IT environments for computers running Windows operating systems by using the Desired Configuration Management (DCM) feature in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 as mentioned in recent posts. Now let's look at a known issue for the toolkit using Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP) Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers for data discovery. Solving this shortcoming of the toolkit can be accomplished by using the newly updated AccessChk.exe, with some custom DCM scripts to obtain the latest user rights assignment data from the Windows Local Security Authority (LSA) store. To make this simple, we include a working sample that customers can use to collect this data directly from the LSA store.

Background

The Security Compliance Management toolkit provides more than 300 security settings, including user rights assignment settings, such as Access this computer from the network, backup files and directories, and so on. The Release Notes in the toolkit include a list of settings. The data collected in the WMI repository from these settings may not synchronize with the data in the LSA store. This is because the data discovery process for the toolkit uses RSOP WMI providers to collect the setting data, and the data is queried from the WMI repository (CIMOM database) that represents existing policies or planned policies. For this reason, the data for these settings may not be consistent with user rights assignment data in the LSA store that is consumed directly by Windows components.

If customers want to obtain the actual security state of the user rights assignments on a target host machine, they must query the LSA store directly instead of using RSOP.

Only native application programming interfaces (APIs) or Win32 APIs are provided for LSA data queries, and these are not supported by the DCM feature in Configuration Manager 2007. To obtain this data, you can use the newly updated Sysinteranls tool, AccessChk.exe (version 4.2), with the DCM feature's scripting capability to get user rights assignment data directly from the LSA store.

AccessChk.exe

AccessChk.exe provides you with access to the files, registry keys or Windows services for the user or group that you specify. AccessChk.exe now supports a new option  -a to query user rights assignment data directly from the LSA store.

First download AccessChk.exe 4.2 from SysInternals.

On a command prompt type AccessChk.exe /?

   -a     Name is a Windows account right. Specify '*' as the name to show all rights assigned to a user

Here is a partial list of all the user rights assignment that you can access directly from the LSA store:

User Right name in –a option list

Type

Setting name

Description

SeBatchLogonRight

Allowed

Logon as a batch job

Required for an account to log on using the batch logon type.

SeDenyBatchLogonRight

Denied

Deny logon as a batch job

Explicitly denies an account the right to log on using the batch logon type.

SeDenyInteractiveLogonRight

Denied

Deny Logon locally

Explicitly denies an account the right to log on using the interactive logon type.

SeDenyNetworkLogonRight

Denied

Deny access to this computer from the network

Explicitly denies an account the right to log on using the network logon type.

SeDenyRemoteInteractiveLogonRight

Denied

Deny Logon through Terminal Services

Explicitly denies an account the right to log on remotely using the interactive logon type.

SeDenyServiceLogonRight

Denied

Deny logon as a service

Explicitly denies an account the right to log on using the service logon type.

SeInteractiveLogonRight

Allowed

Allow Logon locally

Required for an account to log on using the interactive logon type.

SeNetworkLogonRight

Allowed

Access this computer from the network

Required for an account to log on using the network logon type.

SeRemoteInteractiveLogonRight

Allowed

Allow Logon through Terminal Services

Required for an account to log on remotely using the interactive logon type.

SeServiceLogonRight

Allowed

Logon as a service

Required for an account to log on using the service logon type.

SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege

Allowed

Replace a process level token

Required to assign the primary token of a process.

 

Stay tuned to the second part of this article.

Comments
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  • It doesn't seem AccessChk.exe 4.2 can display correctly security groups that are in other charset (Cyrilic Charset for ex.)

  • It doesn't seem AccessChk.exe 4.2 can display correctly security groups that are in other charset (Cyrilic Charset for ex.)

    Hello,

    You know your best best is to provide this feedback on sysinternals blog, as they can help you out on key features of Accesschk.

  • Maybe I didn't try hard enough, but I just can't find part 2 anywhere!

  • With accesschk can you filter our specific users? When I run accesschk against a folder I see the users permission AND groups permissions.

    If I have a set of folders and lets say ricks has access to one of the folders. Also there is a folder that everyone group has access to. When I scan is shows me both sets of folder even thought I specify ricks.

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