Windows 2000 SNMP Registry Entries Are Saved in Plain Text Format and Are Readable

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For additional information about how to resolve this problem in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
265714 Windows NT 4.0 SNMP Registry Entries Are Saved in Plain Text Format and Are Readable
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SYMPTOMS

Microsoft has released an update that corrects the permissions on the SNMP Parameters registry values in Microsoft 2000. The default permissions could allow a malicious user to gain additional privileges on an affected computer.

When you create the PermittedManagers and ValidCommunities registry keys for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) service, any user has permission to read the contents of the keys because they are saved in plain text format.

For additional information about this vulnerability, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS00-096.mspx

RESOLUTION

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:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
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For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. The English-language version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time    Version        Size     File name
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   06/28/2000  04:45a  5.0.2195.2097   77,584  Netoc.dll
   06/28/2000  04:45a  1.0.0.1        214,288  Snmpsnap.dll
				

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.

MORE INFORMATION

The registry entries are located under the following SNMP registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services/SNMP/Parameters
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:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes

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Article ID: 266794 - Last Review: October 20, 2013 - Revision: 6.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
Keywords: 
kbnosurvey kbarchive kbbug kbfix kbregistry kbgraphxlinkcritical kbwin2000presp2fix KB266794

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