Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Can't Log Into Router's IP:

Came across a problem recently where I couldn't log into my Router's IP to access the Router settings. I was previously able to access from my HP running WinXP Pro (IE 6.0.2900.5512), then suddenly was getting this page:

I tried to access the Router from my Gateway Netbook and was able.  Hmmm...

Later in the evening, I tried to access the Router again on my Netbook & could not.  So, I thought about what had happened between earlier, when I could access the router, & later, when I could not.  I had recently applied Windows updates.

I recalled at work where we were accessing a MS Access application (Data Access Page) across the company intranet.  Everytime we had a problem accessing it, it was due to Windows updates where IE was affected.  To fix it, we had to go into Tools>Internet Options>Security>Local Intranet>Sites>Advanced, and add the URL as a trusted site.  Then we could access it.  But everytime an update was applied to IE, we had to re-add it.

So, I figured what the heck, esp. knowing updates were recently applied.  On my HP (IE 6.0), I added the IP to my list of trusted sites on the intranet.

After adding the Routers IP address to the list of trusted Intranet sites, I was able to access the router. 

I'm now wondering if I'll have to do this everytime there's a new patch/hot fix, etc that involves IE...

Interesting note...after adding as a trusted site on the intranet on my HP, I was also then able to access it from my Gateway Netbook (WinXP Home/IE 8).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gadget Girl: Activating ACL (Security tab) for files & folders in WinXP

Gadget Girl: Activating ACL (Security tab) for files & folders in WinXP

Activating ACL (Security tab) for files & folders in WinXP Pro & Home

Just thought I'd share this gem from my Security+ studies...

WinXP Pro:

By default, Windows XP uses "simple file sharing". Simple file sharing hides the ACL (Access Control List) which gives you granular security control over who can access what folders & files on your system.

With simple file sharing enabled, the Security tab will not be present.

To "unhide" ACL, open any folder and from the menu go to Tools>Options, select the View tab, and clear the "Use simple file sharing" box. Click Apply & OK.

You should now see a Security tab when you go to the File/Folder properties.

For more granular control over permissions, etc., click the Advanced button.

WinXP Home:

The "Use simple file sharing" option is not available under the View tab in XP Home, but you can boot to Safe Mode (hit F8 while booting up, for Gateways anyway...this may differ by PC), choose "Safe Mode with Networking". When you right-click on a file or folder, the Security Tab will be present (but the option to deselect "Use simple file sharing" will still be missing).

If you want to see the Security tab without having to boot to Safe-mode, go to Microsoft's site & download & extract the file SCESP4I.EXE from here: ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/tools/SCM
or here:

To install:

After you extract the files, go to the folder where you extracted them & find the file: Setup.inf . Right-click and select Install. Reboot the system & you should now see the "Security Tab" under file/folder properties.

I tried this on my own WinXP Home Netbook & it works just fine.