Login retry delay for administrator

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Tom Sofka, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Tom Sofka

    Tom Sofka Guest

    Account lockout works fine for normal userids but the administrator account
    does not lock out. This allows hackers to remotely try dictionary attacks to
    My suggestion is to provide a retry delay parameter that kicks in after the
    default account lockout limit is reached that is set to something like 1 to
    60 seconds (default to 0 for existing behaviour) . It would allow anyone
    with a keyboard to keep trying but would render a brute force automated
    attack pretty useless since the time would increase dramatically for their
    retries. Even better if the ip address captured in the 529 event log could
    be the one address the delay is applied to so other automated and valid
    logins continue normally. Renaming administrator account is one remedy but
    this is suggestion for additional improvement.

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    Tom Sofka, Mar 26, 2010
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  2. Hello Tom,

    You shouldn't work with the administrator account nor have it enabled. So
    make sure to have more then one full administrator account with long/strong
    passwords. Then set also a long strong password for the administrator and
    DISABLE it.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Mar 26, 2010
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  3. Tom Sofka

    Tom Sofka Guest

    I GET IT!!! Now please note this is a suggestion.
    Address your reply as to why the suggestion is bad or good.
    I am not looking for workarounds. I think this is something that should be
    done anyway.
    Tom Sofka, Mar 27, 2010
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