Malicious user with physical access to a computer can acquire cached domain password

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Article ID: 168115 - View products that this article applies to.
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This information does not apply to Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition.
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SYMPTOMS

If your computer runs Windows 95 or Windows 98 for use as a network workstation, it may be possible for a malicious user to acquire your network password. This attack would require that the malicious user have physical access to your computer at some point after you log on to a server or domain, but before the machine had been rebooted. While a program can be used to read the cached password, doing so requires physical access to your computer when it is not protected by a screen saver password and you must be running the Microsoft Client for Microsoft Networks.

RESOLUTION

If you are running Windows 98:

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STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about issues resolved by updates to thesecomponents, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
178824 Error message: Your password is too short
175051 Windows 95 roaming profiles do not work
176543 Windows 95 client is unable to receive roaming profiles
For more information about Windows 95 updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
161020 Implementing Windows 95 updates
For related information on this problem, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS99-052.mspx
For additional security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/
For more information about Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition hotfixes, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
206071 General information about Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition hotfixes

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Article ID: 168115 - Last Review: September 24, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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