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From: gaurav at e2-labs.com (Gaurav Kumar)
Subject: Microsoft win2003server phone home

 1. Is  this behavior normal for a windows server installation ?   
i think that this behavour is normal bcoz as u analyse that session u will get to know that server is trying to update something

 2.  Could this behavior be considered as a violation of privacy ?
this surely a case of violation of privacy as it is not mentioned in agreement. go ahead, sue micro$oft.

 3.  Could it be considered as a security risk to let a newly installed server, 
 request information from an arbitrary server that I have no control over ?
yes its a security risk bcoz it is not even using pki to establish identity of the server.


Gaurav Kumar

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E2 Labs Information Security Pvt. Ltd.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "gyrniff" <b240503@...niff.dk>
To: <full-disclosure@...ts.netsys.com>
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2003 3:27 PM
Subject: [Full-Disclosure] Microsoft win2003server phone home


> After acquiring and installing a copy of 'Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition 
> 180-Day Evaluation' I walked through the 'role wizard',  used the 'custom 
> role config' and selected everything ;-) 
> After reboot the server made two POST request to microsoft controlled 
> webserveres without any notification. One request to activex.micrisoft.com 
> and one to codecs.microsoft.com, the data posted to the two severs was the 
> same. (See the request and responds below.)
> 
> I can find no information in the license agreement about giving away 
> 'information' behind my back.
> 
> My question: 
> 1. Is  this behavior normal for a windows server installation ?   
> 2.  Could this behavior be considered as a violation of privacy ?
> 3.  Could it be considered as a security risk to let a newly installed server, 
> request information from an arbitrary server that I have no control over ?
> 
> ****
> 
> Posted data to activex.microsoft.com:
> POST /objects/ocget.dll HTTP/1.1
> Accept: application/x-cabinet-win32-x86, application/x-pe-win32-x86, 
> application/octet-stream, application/x-setupscript, */*
> Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
> Accept-Language: da
> Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
> User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 
> 1.1.4322)
> Host: activex.microsoft.com
> Content-Length: 44
> Connection: Keep-Alive
> Cache-Control: no-cache
> 
> CLSID={FC7D9E02-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}
> 
> The reply:
> HTTP/1.1 404 Object Not Found
> Server: Microsoft-IIS/5.0
> Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 09:48:38 GMT
> Connection: close
> Content-Type: text/html
> Content-Length: 102
> 
> <html><head><title>Error</title></head><body>The system cannot find the file 
> specified. </body></html>
> 
> ***
> 
> Postede data to codecs.microsoft.com
> POST /isapi/ocget.dll HTTP/1.1
> Accept: application/x-cabinet-win32-x86, application/x-pe-win32-x86, 
> application/octet-stream, application/x-setupscript, */*
> Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
> Accept-Language: da
> Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
> User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 
> 1.1.4322)
> Host: codecs.microsoft.com
> Content-Length: 44
> Connection: Keep-Alive
> Cache-Control: no-cache
> 
> CLSID={FC7D9E02-3F9E-11D3-93C0-00C04F72DAF7}
> 
> And the reply:
> HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
> Connection: close
> Date: Sun, 03 Aug 2003 09:47:54 GMT
> Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
> P3P: policyref="http://www.microsoft.com/w3c/p3p.xml" CP="ALL IND DSP COR ADM 
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> PUR UNI"
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> 
> 
> /Gyrniff
> 
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