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Re: Using native symlinks

On 5/30/2013 5:03 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:

> On the other hand, in the same situation the UAC-crippled admins's token
> does not contain the "Create symbolic links" right:
>   $ /cygdrive/c/Windows/System32/whoami /priv
>   ----------------------
>   Privilege Name                Description                          State
>   ============================= ==================================== ========
>   SeShutdownPrivilege           Shut down the system                 Disabled
>   SeChangeNotifyPrivilege       Bypass traverse checking             Enabled
>   SeUndockPrivilege             Remove computer from docking station Disabled
>   SeIncreaseWorkingSetPrivilege Increase a process working set       Disabled
>   SeTimeZonePrivilege           Change the time zone                 Disabled
> I also changed the "Create symbolic links" policy so that the "Users"
> group is the only group getting this right.  In other words, I removed
> the "Administrators" group entirely, logged off, logged on, and the
> result was the same as above.
> This is a bug in UAC if you ask me.  It seems to remove privileges from
> the UAC-crippled admin's token based on a fixed internal list, totally
> ignorant of changes in the security policy.

This is a design flaw but it is working as documented.   Administrators have
SeCreateSymbolicLinkPrivilege by default so UAC removes it.   What UAC
do in my opinion is not remove a static list of permissions but only
remove those permissions that are not granted to standard users.

If your organization is a user of native symlinks and you have a support
agreement with Microsoft, I recommend filing a support request to have
this behavior changed.

Jeffrey Altman

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