A better option is to set a strong password and set a local policy that the local admin account cannot be accessed over the network. I'm a big advocate of that in all environments and prevents the need for renaming the account to prevent automated attacks.
From: Susan Bradley [mailto:sbradcpa@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:39 PM
Cc: MustLive; bugtraq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Insufficient Authentication vulnerability in Asus notebook
We're talking XP Home here, right? A admin account without a password
cannot be access remotely over the internet, so if you have physical
access at all times of that Asus netbook it's arguably more secure in
Susan Bradley wrote:
3. For XPs it's kinda handy to have a blank admin password when you
sometimes come in on a network and need to get to that particular
machine and you didn't set it up, otherwise you have to use the Admin
password boot disk trick and reset the password to blank.
You should only do the above recommendation, if you like to have your
You should not have any administrative accounts named "Administrator"
and _all_ administrative accounts should have a _STRONG_ password
associated with them.
Password safes are available at no charge. If you somehow forget your
password, you can always reset it via AD or resetting the SAM.
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