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From Karl Wright <>
Subject Re: Crawling SMB shares with no permission
Date Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:53:21 GMT
Hi Aeham,

I don't think I know of any case that this has been tried.


On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Aeham Abushwashi <> wrote:

> Hello,
> I normally crawl Windows file shares with the (smb) shared drive connector
> and jcifs and this works pretty well. I’m now in a situation where I need
> to crawl a couple of file servers where different shares and subdirectories
> are configured with different sets of permissions and I need to do this
> without access to admin accounts!
> In other words looking for a way to ‘legitimately’ bypass permission
> checking (yes, I know how that sounds).
> One option I’ve explored relies on the use of the Backup Operators group.
> Membership of this group allows an account to read files without
> file/directory level permissions. However, as far as I can tell there are
> two restrictions 1) this only works if the software is reading local files
> and 2) the client application needs to make an explicit Win32 API call with
> a specific parameter in order for permission checking to be bypassed
> (assuming of course the account is a member of Backup Operators).
> Has anyone encountered this problem before?
> Many thanks,
> Aeham

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