Friday, August 27, 2010

Microsoft Password Changes

I thought this was very interesting:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) modifies NTLM network authentication behavior. After you install Windows Server 2003 SP1, domain users can use their old password to access the network for one hour after the password is changed. Existing components that are designed to use Kerberos for authentication are not affected by this change

To reliably support network access for NTLM network authentication in distributed environments, Windows Server 2003 SP1 modifies the NTLM network authentication behavior as follows:

• After a domain user successfully changes a password by using NTLM, the old password can still be used for network access for a user-definable time period. This behavior allows accounts, such as service accounts, that are logged on to multiple computers to access the network while the password change propagates.

• The extension of the password lifetime period applies only to network access by using NTLM. Interactive logon behavior is unchanged. This behavior does not apply to accounts that are hosted on stand-alone servers or on member servers. Only domain users are affected by this behavior.

• The lifetime period of the old password can be configured by editing the registry on a domain controller. No restart is required for this registry change to take effect.

Note The behavior that is described in this article occurs only if the effective password policy on the domain controllers has Enforce Password History set to a value that specifies that two or more passwords will be remembered. The password policy should be set at the domain level. You can determine whether the policy has taken effect on the domain controllers by using the Secpol.msc snap-in.


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