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User May Override Mapping Option Is Not Enforced Centrally

Article ID: 248401

Article Last Modified on 6/30/2004



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft SNA Server 4.0
  • Microsoft SNA Server 3.0 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft SNA Server 3.0 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft SNA Server 3.0 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft SNA Server 4.0
  • Microsoft SNA Server 4.0 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft SNA Server 4.0 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft SNA Server 4.0 Service Pack 3



This article was previously published under Q248401

SUMMARY

The User May Override Mapping option is available in the Host Security Domain properties in SNA Server Manager. If this option is disabled, a user is not allowed to change the mapping for their User ID. The enforcement of the User May Override Mapping option is handled in the Host Account Manager (Udconfig.exe) program. This option is not enforced centrally by any of the other host security components.

The following article discusses a problem with Host Account Manager that allows the "Use This User ID" field to be edited even though the User May Override Mapping option is disabled in the Host Security Domain:

247320 User ID Can be Edited When User May Override Mapping Is Disabled


To provide more security when using previous versions of Host Account Manager, and to prevent the problem described in the referenced article, a change has been made to enforce the User May Override Mapping option centrally instead of solely in the Host Account Manager program (which can be installed on Windows NT or Windows 95/98 SNA Server clients).

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about the latest service pack for SNA Server 4.0, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

215838 How to Obtain the Latest SNA Server Version 4.0 Service Pack



The following list describes the central enforcement of the User May Override Mapping option when you use various versions of the affected components:

  • Updated versions of Udconfig.exe, Snapmp.exe, and Snaudb.exe.

    When all of the updated components are used, Udconfig.exe verifies the user privilege before enabling the mapped User ID field. The Snapmp service sets a flag to TRUE if the client has Admin privileges. The Snaudb service checks this flag before making any updates to the host account cache database. In this scenario, administrators are the only ones that can change the host account mappings if the User May Override Mapping option is disabled.
  • Updated versions of Snapmp.exe and Snaudb.exe with previous versions of Udconfig.exe.

    If the Udconfig.exe file from SNA Server 4.0 SP3 or earlier is used, the "Use This User ID" field can be edited. A user can change the mapped User ID in Udconfig, and it appears that the change was made. However, the Snapmp and Snaudb services verify the user privilege. If the user has Admin privileges, the change is made in the host account cache database. If the user does not have Admin privileges, the change is not made in the host account cache database. Also, the following event is logged in the Application event log when the attempted change is not authorized:

    Event ID: 51
    Source: SNA Host Security
    Description: PMP could not validate the request.


  • Updated version of Snaudb.exe and previous versions of Snapmp.exe and Udconfig.exe.

    In this case, the Snaudb service verifies that no one, including the Administrator, can change the mapped user name. The service logs event ID 51 (described above) in the Application event Log to note that the attempted change was unauthorized.


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