Windows 7 Administrator with full access still can't execute program

Discussion in 'Windows Security' started by w1r3d, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. w1r3d

    w1r3d New Member

    Jun 12, 2012
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    Hi all!

    I'm having a problem with a Windows 7 Professional VM.

    I'm trying to "lock down" the permissions of some files (cmd.exe, ftp.exe, etc)

    For example, I modify the permissions for C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe so that only SYSTEM and Administrators have full access. I removed Users, Owner, etc from the list.

    Then, if I try to run cmd.exe, I get this message: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

    Which is confusing, to say the least. I gave the Administrators group (of which I'm a part of) full access: read, write, execute, etc yet I still can't run the executable. I tried adding other groups such as Users and INTERACTIVE, and THEN it works. However, that defeats the purpose, because then anyone can access the file, which I don't want.

    If anyone can shed some light on this issue, I'd greatly appreciate it.


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