SYSKEY, TNG freeze, 2.0.x->TNG merge and other thoughts

James Sutherland jas88 at
Thu Feb 10 07:54:26 GMT 2000

On Thu, 10 Feb 2000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:

> > Yes, and there are reasons why HKLM\SAM is NOT a directory with up to 100
> > 000 files in it - even Macrosoft code isn't THAT inefficient (usually).
> > It's a file (registry hive), with access control implemented by the only
> > process allowed to access it.
> bad example to pick.
> 1) the SAM is loaded into memfrom what i can tell, at start-up time.  i
> may be wrong about this.

On boot, the security subsystem runs through building up various lookup
tables (presumably an index), but the file on disk is always open.

> 2) the registry is implemented at the kernel level, for "speed"
> optimisations.  this results in me being able to modify rpcclient and take
> out an NT box with a blue-screen if i have an "authenticated user" SMB
> connection (guest, user, admin but not anon-connect).

Irrelevant - unless you were planning on incorporating the NT kernel into
Samba?! That is just a bug/implementation issue with NT - nothing to do
with the concept of storing data in a database the user can't get to


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