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Substituted Drives Are Persistent for Users on a Computer
Article ID: 265351 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q265351
Drives that are created by using the subst command are persistent among users who log on to the same computer unless the drives are explicitly removed or the computer is rebooted. This could allow a user to "spoof" another user's drive letter.
MS-DOS device names are global. After it is defined, an MS-DOS device name remains visible to all processes until either it is explicitly removed or the computer is rebooted.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260910/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Date Time Version Size File name -------------------------------------------------------- 06/12/2000 9:36PM 5.0.2195.2096 41,232 Basesrv.dll 06/12/2000 9:36PM 5.0.2195.2096 331,536 Msgina.dll 06/12/2000 9:37PM 5.0.2195.2096 177,936 Winlogon.exe
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149In Windows 2000, a strong access control list is now enabled by default to prevent spoofing attacks or privilege escalation attacks. The fix described in this article addresses potential attacks in the console session, and it enables non-administrators to use the subst /d command at the console.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249149/EN-US/ )Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes
Subst drives live in the MS-DOS devices namespace, which contains a large array of legacy devices. If the namespace uses a weak access control list, someone could hijack these devices or create a device with a malicious target.
Note You still cannot use the subst /d command to delete drive letters from a Windows 2000 Terminal Server session. This fix affects only the Console (session 0).
For more information about MS-DOS devices, please visit the following Microsoft Web site: