[Samba] Debugging Privilege and Samba 3.0.11

JLB jlb at twu.net
Fri Feb 25 18:48:09 GMT 2005

On Fri, 25 Feb 2005, Thierry wrote:

> Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 19:25:14 +0100
> From: Thierry <Thierry at echotech.ch>
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] Debugging Privilege and Samba 3.0.11
> Hello,
> I am striving to give out globally to our developers a way to debug
> their C++ applications, but I do not want to give them Admin rights on
> the individual workstations.

You're foolish if you think anyone with local access to a workstation
can't get into the Admin account on their local machine.

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password on any NT box:


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> I thought I found the light when reading on MSDN that to debug users
> need to be members of the "Debugger Users" group (according to VS.Net).
> This group seems to be created with a random SID when installing VS.Net
> on the computer.
> I created the group on the Samba domain , even removed the Local group
> on the computer where VS was installed, but any attempt to debug with a
> "Domain User" account is moot : ends up with "permission refused" when I
> want to attach to a process.
> Now I think that maybe the real right to debug a process is bound to the
> SeDebugPrivilege privilege on the Domain.
> Unfortunately attempts to perform
> net rpc rights grant 'LAB\Debugger Users' SeDebugPrivilege
> I even tried to manually add the "Debugger Users" group to the Local
> Security Policy of the computer to the "Debug" rights , but it doesn't
> work either.
> Can anybody shed some light on the way I can reach my simple goal : give
> developers a way to debug, without giving away "Domain Admin" rights to
> them?
> (Yes, I know, this security is not perfect, but hey, I did not invent
> the Windows security model either...)
> Thank you for any help!
> Cheers
> Thierry
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J. L. Blank, Systems Administrator, twu.net

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