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Offline Abho

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Problems after promoting windows users using rescapp
« on: 2014/07/13, 13:34:56 pm »
Hi, I'm triying Rescatux (It is awesome! :D) and I've discovered some issues while promoting windows users to admins (I'm aware that's still a beta feature).

[Windows machine running Windows 7 home edition]

I use Rescatux (and rescapp) to promote one of the users in the windows machine to Admin. All the process is pretty straightforward with no apparent problems. When I reboot the Windows machine, the user is configured as admin... everything looks alright :)
The problem comes when I try to switch back the user to standard user (through  the windows configuration pannel). It looks like, once a user has been promoted to admin through rescapp, there's no way back  :o Windows looks irresponsive when the user is configured as standard user (note that it is still possible to switch back to standard user the users that have been configured as admin from windows, i.e. the traditional way).

As workaround I decided to remove the account promoted to admin from rescapp (so it may be created again without admin privileges), but it looks like to remove users that have been promoted to admin from rescapp is not possible :o

Somebody has discovered an effective workaround for this issue?

Thanks in advance

PS: I think that it is a candidate to raise a support ticket, but this tracking tool contains issues from 2011, so I don't know if it is still being actively used: https://forja.cenatic.es/tracker/?atid=931&group_id=205&func=browse


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Edit: It looks like when a user account is promoted to admin, what Rescueapp does is to configure this account (or accounts) as the built in Admin account (elevated) instead of a user with administration privileges (unelevated) ???
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/507-built-administrator-account-enable-disable.html?filter

« Last Edit: 2014/07/13, 14:50:29 pm by Abho »

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Re: Problems after promoting windows users using rescapp
« Reply #1 on: 2014/07/13, 23:35:55 pm »
Hi, I'm triying Rescatux (It is awesome! :D) and I've discovered some issues while promoting windows users to admins (I'm aware that's still a beta feature).
Thank you.

The problem comes when I try to switch back the user to standard user (through  the windows configuration pannel). It looks like, once a user has been promoted to admin through rescapp, there's no way back  :o Windows looks irresponsive when the user is configured as standard user (note that it is still possible to switch back to standard user the users that have been configured as admin from windows, i.e. the traditional way).
I see.

PS: I think that it is a candidate to raise a support ticket, but this tracking tool contains issues from 2011, so I don't know if it is still being actively used: https://forja.cenatic.es/tracker/?atid=931&group_id=205&func=browse
Yes, the tracker is functional. I recently closed some very recent bugs and that's why only the older ones remain there.

Edit: It looks like when a user account is promoted to admin, what Rescueapp does is to configure this account (or accounts) as the built in Admin account (elevated) instead of a user with administration privileges (unelevated) ???
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/507-built-administrator-account-enable-disable.html?filter
Rescatux uses chntpw-ng (forked chntpw 110511 version) to perform that promoting. If you check: http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/faq.html it would seem that it's a known bug:
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The user promotion (putting user into admin group) worked, but I cannot put user back into other groups in windows!
that it's solved in its latest version.

You can try some of the workarounds shown there and give us feedback on them.

I already knew that there was a new chntpw release but I did not want to include it in Rescatux yet because:
  • It was new
  • There is not an updated Debian package. (And I am reluctant to package it myself)

I will think about it after your feedback. Having many people complaining about this problem when this option is available in stable Rescatux is not a good thing... even if there are workarounds.

Is there any story that you can share on why you needed to promote a user?

Please file the bug in the tracker.
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