Excel/Word Doc becomes password protected?

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Curtis Rich, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Curtis Rich

    Curtis Rich Guest


    We have two servers with 03 R2 and each are running DFSR replication, and
    there seems to be a folder with around 12 files in it, that mysteriously
    password protected themselves without any user intervention. I was thinking
    a macro virus or something, but cannot find anything. Also, the user that is
    assigned "author" in the file properties has not been with the company for
    over a year and this user's account is not in AD at all. Any experience with
    this issue or any suggestions on what to look for/try would definitely be
    Curtis Rich, Jul 16, 2008
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  2. Curtis Rich

    DaveMills Guest

    The Author field is often the person that created the original document which is
    then copied by others and edited. Not too many use the "template" facility. You
    cannot rely on Author. Look at the NTFS "Owner" security property of the file to
    see who created the document. I know this is not 100% either but it is far
    better than Author as when the file is copied the owner changes but the author
    does not.
    DaveMills, Jul 17, 2008
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  3. Curtis Rich

    Curtis Rich Guest

    Yes, the owner in the advanced security properties show someone different
    entirely. However, this isn't the main issue I'm trying to resolve. I am
    trying to figure out why all files in this one folder became password
    protected with no known user intervention. I can get around the password
    protection, but the user's want an answer as to why this happened and I would
    rather it not to happen again. I have auditing enabled on this directory,
    but for example one file says it was last saved/modified at 1:34 a.m., but
    in the security log on the server there is no such action.
    Curtis Rich, Jul 17, 2008
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