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21. Netware Logging and Backdoors

This section contains info regarding logging and backdoors for Netware.

21.1 How do I leave a backdoor for Netware?

Once you are in, you want to leave a way back with supe equivalency. You can use SUPER.EXE, written for the express purpose of allowing the non-supe user to toggle on and off supe equivalency. If you use the cheesy way in (previous question), you turn on the toggle before the admin removes your supe equivalency. If you gain access to a supe equivalent account, give Guest supe equivalency and then login as Guest and toggle it on. Now get back in as the original supe account and remove the supe equivalency. Now Guest can toggle on supe equivalency whenever it's convenient.

Of course Guest doesn't have to be used, it could be another account, like an account used for e-mail administration or an e-mail router, a gateway's account, you get the idea.

Now SUPER.EXE is not completely clean. Running the Security utility or Bindfix will give away that an account has been altered at the bindery level, but the only way for an admin to clear the error is to delete and rebuild the account.

21.2 What is the rumored "backdoor" in NDS?

The rumored backdoor in NDS exists - to an extent. The rumor is that there is a way to set up a backdoor into a system in NDS that is completely hidden from everyone and everything. There IS a way to get real close to this, although how "hidden" it is remains to be seen. One catch - you need full access to NDS i.e. Admin access to set it up. But if you can get Admin's password or access to a user with Admin or equivalent access then you can put in a backdoor that may go unnoticed for months, or perhaps never be discovered. Here's how to set it up:

Now this technique can be used by the paranoid admin that wants to give another user full access to a container, and this user wants to restrict access to this container. To prevent this user from forgetting their password (and making a section of the tree unmanageable or worse, disappear) an admin will use similiar techniques.

I have not been able to fully test this but it looks completely invisible to the average LAN admin. This does require an above average knowledge of NDS to set up, so most administrators will not even know how to look for this user.

Let's say you installed your backdoor at the XYZ Company, put your container inside the MIS container and called it BADBOY. Your backdoor is named BACKDOOR. Login like this:


Now you will show up in the normal tools that show active connections on a server, so naming your backdoor "BACKDOOR" is probably not a great idea. Think of a name that might look like an automated attachment, and only use it when you think you won't be noticed.

If the site has Kane Security Analyst, they can find the backdoor.

It has come to our attention that there is now a tool from Novell Consutling's called "HOBJLOC"(hidden object locator) which may reveal the hidden object discussed above.

21.3 What is the bindery backdoor in Netware 4.x?

In developing Pandora, I discovered that the first user object in an NDS tree is a bindery object called Supervisor. This object gets its password set during install. To login, simply use the account name Supervisor. Early versions of DS.NLM do NOT assign a property to this object to even ALLOW you to set up Intruder Detection! Using the Intruder utility with Pandora v3.0, you can specifically attack this user account. Once logged in most administrative tools will not see it. An administrator cannot delete this account because an administrator cannot get to this account to delete it from NetAdmin or NwAdmin.

Bindery context is not required to use this object.

If an administrator creates a regular NDS account called Supervisor, this will defeat access to this object.

For more information on this, check out

21.4 Where are the common log files in Netware?

There are several. Here is a list with their location and their purposes:

21.5 What is Accounting?

Accounting is Novell's pain in the butt way to control and manage access to the server in a way that is "accountable". The admin set up charge rates for blocks read and written, service requests, connect time, and disk storage. The account "pays" for the service by being given some number, and the accounting server deduces for these items. How the account actually pays for these items (departmental billing, cash, whatever) you may or may not want to know about, but the fact that it could be installed could leave a footprint that you've been there.

Any valid account, including non-supe accounts, can check to see if Accounting is turned on. Simply run SYSCON and try to access Accounting, if you get a message that Accounting is not installed, then guess what?

Since it is a pain to administer, many sys admins will turn it on simply to time-stamp each login and logout, track intruders, and include the node address and account name of each of these items.

21.6 How do I defeat Accounting?

Turn it off. And spoof your node address. Here's the steps -

If you can't spoof the address (some LAN cards don't allow it or require extra drivers you may not have), just turn off Accounting and leave it off or delete the NET$ACCT.DAT file located in the SYS:SYSTEM directory.

It should be noted that to turn off and on Accounting you need supe equivalent, but you don't need supe equivalence to spoof the address.

21.7 What is Intruder Detection?

Intruder Detection is Novell's way of tracking invalid password attempts. While this feature is turned off by default, most sites practicing any type of security will at minimum turn this feature on. There are several parameters to Intruder Detection. First, there is a setting for how long the server will remember a bad password attempt. Typically this is set to 30 minutes, but can be as short as 10 minutes of as long as 7 days. Then there is a setting for how many attempts will lockout the account. This is usually 3 attempts, but can be as short as 1 or as many as 7. Finally is the length the account is locked out. The default is 30 minutes but it can range from 10 minutes to 7 days.

When an Intruder Detection occurs, the server beeps and a time-stamped message is displayed on the System Console with the account name that is now locked out and the node address from where to attempt came from. This is also written to the File Server Error Log. A Supervisor or equivalent can unlock the account before it frees itself up, and the File Server Error Log can also be erased by a Supervisor or equivalent.

In a large shop, it is not unusual to see Intruder Lockouts even on a daily basis, and forgetting a password is a typical regular-user thing to do. Intruder Lockouts on Supervisor or equivalent account is usually noticed.

21.8 How do I check for Intruder Detection?

The easiest way to check for Intruder Detection is to play with a valid account that you know the password of. Try the wrong password several times. If Intruder Detection is on, the account will be locked out once you try to get back in with the correct password.

21.9 What are station/time restrictions?

Time restrictions can be placed on an account to limit the times in which an account can be logged in. In the account is already logged in and the time changes to a restricted time, the account is logged out. The restriction can be per weekday down to the half hour. That means that if an admin wants to restrict an account from logging in except on Monday through Friday from 8-5, it can be done. Only Supervisor and equivalents can alter time restrictions. Altering the time at the workstation will not get you around time restrictions, only altering time at the server can change the ability to access.

Station restriction place a restriction on where an account can be used. Restrictions can be to a specific token ring or ethernet segment, and can be specific down to the MAC layer address, or node address. The only way around a station restriction at the node address is to spoof the address from a workstation on the same segment or ring as the address you are spoofing. Like time restrictions, only Supervisor and equivalents can alter station restrictions.

Of course you can remove station and time restrictions in SYSCON if you are a Supe equivalent.

21.10 How can I tell if something is being Audited in Netware 4.x?

Use RCONSOLE and do a directory scan of SYS:_NETWARE. There will be some binary files named NET$AUDT.* if Auditing has been used. Old Audit files will be named NET$AUDT.AO0, .AO1, etc. A current Auditing file will be named NET$AUDT.CAF. If these files do not exist, no Auditing is being or has been done. To check to see if Auditing is currently active, try to open the current Auditing file like this:


If it pulls up something (with a little garbage) then Auditing is currently turned off. If you get an error stating that NET$AUDT.CAF doesn't exist and do you wish to create it, that means the file is being hend open and Auditing is currently active on SOMETHING (remember, the EDIT.NLM normally handles open files pretty well, but trying to open a file already open in SYS:_NETWARE always gets this error).

Also, if the site is running Novell's Web Server software, use a web browser and try$audt.caf and if you DO NOT receive an error, Auditing is or was active.

21.11 How can I remove Auditing if I lost the Audit password?

If the Auditor forgets the password, try a simple wipe and reload. Hello, hello, you seemed to have fainted...

You can try this although there is no guarantee it will work, it is just a theory. You see, the Auditing files are located in SYS:_NETWARE. As long as they are there and Auditing active, even deleting NDS and recreating it will not turn off Auditing. If you wish you can delete and rebuild SYS: which will get it. Try these listed items if you are desperate. I have tried them in the NMRC lab and got this to work a couple of times -- but once I trashed the server and NDS. One time it didn't work at all. But here it is:

      - Use RCONSOLE's directory scan and get the exact names of the Audit
        files, you know NET$AUDT.CAF but also files with an extension of .$AF
        are Auditing files, too.
      - Use the techniques in 06-2 and determine exactly which files are
        being held open by this particular server for Auditing.
      - Try booting up the server and running a sector editor.
      - Search the drive for the file names you found.
      - Change all occurrences of these names, save changes, and boot up.
      - If that didn't do the trick, try booting up the server using a 3.x
        SERVER.EXE and try and get to SYS:_NETWARE that way. Then delete the 
        Auditing files.
      - If THAT doesn't work, use repeated calls to the SYS:_NETWARE's
        directory table (using the APIs) and either delete or change the
        afore mentioned files.

Gee, maybe a "simple wipe and reload" is easier...

21.12 What is interesting about Netware 4.x's licensing?

It is possible to load multiple licenses and combine their total number of users. For example, if you are in one of those Novell CNE classes where they give you a 2 user 4.1 license, you can get everyone's CD in class and combine them on one server. If you get 10 CDs you have a 20 user license. I know of no limit to the maximum number of licenses and user limit, except for hardware limitations supporting it. This means you could load more than one copy of 1000 user Netware 4.1 on a server (assuming you have unique copies, not the same copy twice).

itsme has done some poking around with his tools, and has the following to say regarding the SERVER.EXE that comes with Netware 4:

 what's inside server.exe:
 0001d7c7  server.nlm          type=07
 000d319d  "Link" 000d504a
 000d31a5  unicode.nlm         type=00  (ordinary NLM)
 000d504a  "Link" 000d6e9c
 000d5052  dsloader.nlm        type=00  (ordinary NLM)
 000d6e9c  "Link" 000db808
 000d6ea4  timesync.nlm        type=00  (ordinary NLM)
 000db808  polimgr.nlm         type=0c  ('hidden' NLM)
   by editing the binary of server, and changing the type of polimgr.nlm
   from 0c to 00  (offset 007a or 000db882 in server.exe)
   it becomes unhidden.
   hidden NLM's are protected from debugging with the netware debugger.

   polimgr.nlm  manages the license files, after it reads the file,
   it checks with some kind of signature function whether it is a valid file
   the function doing the checking can be made to always return OK, then
   you can create an any number of users license.

21.13 What is the Word Perfect 5.1 trick when running Netware 3.x over DOS?

It has been noted that when running Netware 3.x, specifically 3.12, over DOS, no windows at all, and you start Word Perfect version 5.1, enter a last name, then hit F5, you get access to the entire disk. NMRC is investigating and will keep you posted as to our results.

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