Access Director 3.0 Released

The future of Windows is coming on July 29

To make your next Windows experience even better – We have just released the next version of Access Director.                                                                                               Using Access Director you will be able to secure your desktop, simple and easy!

– Run your desktop in a non-elevated user context
– Elevate only needed applications with a single click
– Elevate in your current user-context without affecting other unsecured applications like IE or Office

What’s in Access Director 3.0 ?

– Updates to support the next Windows experience (10)
– Support for integration modules
– Minor bug fixes

Get it from the Download Center

Direct Download Link

Poweshell under the security context of another user (RunAs)

Recently i needed to run some powershell scripts under multiple security context’s – the main reason for this was my client’s strict delegation model.

We ended up with multiple service account with rights only to the needed systems (Its not such a bad thing!)

The result was this powershell script to change security context

$SPAccountName = “<username>”;
$AccountPassword = “<password>”;
$AccountPasswordAsSecureString = $AccountPassword | ConvertTo-SecureString -Force -AsPlainText
$credential = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PsCredential(“$env:userdomain\$SPAccountName”,$AccountPasswordAsSecureString)
$SvcAccSession = New-PSSession -Credential $credential;
Invoke-Command -Session $SvcAccSession -Script { Import-Module ActiveDirectory }
Invoke-Command -Session $SvcAccSession -Script { Get-AdGroupMember “Some-group”}

In the above example we just get the member of some application group – but really, you can do whatever you like.

If you need it to query a specific server you can use -Computername <servername> right after New-PSSession.

This method also came in rather handy when running service-side powershell execution invoked by a webservice.. but more on that later

 

Access Director 2.4.0.2 released!

It’s been some time since our last update, but here we go again

Access Director has been updated and released

This is a major upgrade, all previous versions should be uninstalled prior to installing the new versions

Short list of changes

  • Its now possbile to use localized balloon notification (or your own)
  • Language default is en-us
    • valid values are auto, or specific lananuge files e.g. de-de.lng (must reside in existing languages folder)
  • Localized menu options (remember du save lng files as unicode)
  • Registry modifications now resides in HKLMSoftwareNoLightPeopleAccess Director
  • as per request the MSI, and application itself is now signed
  • Removed the need for any registry keys needed for the service to start (will run with default values if no other is present
  • Updated Policy Prefences template included in zip file

Direct Download Link: http://tinyurl.com/mtc4pzo

let me know of bugs and feature requests 🙂 @MarcussenThomas

 

 

Admin Rights: The Root Of Many Vulnerabilities

A recent survey conducted by BeyondTrust (www.beyondtrust.com), a developer and marketer of least privilege management software, reveals that 92% of critical vulnerabilities reported by Microsoft could have been prevented simply by removing administrator rights from Windows users. Also, the survey points out, removing administrator rights helps companies protect themselves and their computers against 94% of Microsoft Office, 89% of Microsoft Internet Explorer, and 53% of Windows vulnerabilities. Given the prevalence of Microsoft software in today’s corporate environment, these numbers should give any administrator pause.

Get a head start removing Admin Rights – by using Access Director from Basic Bytes

Essentials – Access Director

Allowing a known user to elevate specific applications or tasks on demand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZrL_rbqYlI

In the video we are logged on a workstation with the TestUser
TestUser is not member of the Local Administrators group
TestUser is member of the custom created local group Access Director

When requesting local administrators access using the tray icon, it will verify that we are a know user that is a member of the local group Access Director. If we are member of the local group we will be elevated for a predefined number of minutes (2 minutes in the example)

When elevated, we can click on any application and RunAs Administrator – we will as always be prompted for our logged on credentials, but this time the application is running with local administration privileges.

When the timer hits 2 minutes, our administration privileges are expired.

This will make it possible ONLY to elevated, when needed and not having to load the full profile with administrative privileges

The tray icon does not require additional rights to run
A local system service will handle all requests
All options are configurable through gpo and/or registry

Read more about latest additions at https://basic-bytes.com