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Posted 10/20/2010 11:24:45 AM
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I get the following Events from Windows 2008 for Account Password Changes.  The first one has the Target Account as Anonymous Logon but the Source account is the user.  Does anyone know why this occurs?

 2010-10-20 09:57:24.0 127.0.0.1 abc.123.com Windows Events (NIC) WINDOWS HOSTS 1402040100 User.Management.Password.Modification Security_4723_Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing 2010-10-20 09:56:41.0 Security Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing Success Audit   4723         An attempt was made to change an account s password.   0           0             0   abc.123.com NT AUTHORITY/ANONYMOUS LOGON ANONYMOUS LOGON   NT AUTHORITY 0xf039a976   juser FOOBAR     0 0.0 None                                 0             -       User Account Management             0   0         0             0.0 0                     An attempt was made to change an account s password.  Subject:  Security ID:  NT AUTHORITY/ANONYMOUS LOGON   Account Name:  ANONYMOUS LOGON   Account Domain:  NT AUTHORITY   Logon ID:  0xf039a976   Target Account:  Security ID:  FOOBAR/juser   Account Name:  juser   Account Domain:  FOOBAR   Additional Information:  Privileges  -
 

Here is what looks to be "normal"

2010-10-20 10:22:15.0 127.0.0.1 abc.123.com Windows Events (NIC) WINDOWS HOSTS 1402040100 User.Management.Password.Modification Security_4723_Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing 2010-10-20 10:21:15.0 Security Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing Success Audit   4723         An attempt was made to change an account s password.   0           0             0   abc.123.com FOOBAR/juser juser   FOOBAR 0xf0647f0b   juser FOOBAR     0 0.0 None                                 0             -       User Account Management             0   0         0             0.0 0                     An attempt was made to change an account s password.  Subject:  Security ID:  FOOBAR/juser   Account Name:  juser   Account Domain:  FOOBAR   Logon ID:  0xf0647f0b   Target Account:  Security ID:  FOOBAR/juser   Account Name:  juser   Account Domain:  FOOBAR   Additional Information:  Privileges 

 

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Posted 10/20/2010 11:31:33 AM
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Sorry, made a mistake and can't edit.

The Subject Account in the first example is Anonymous Logon, but the Target Account is Juser which does not match.

The second example the Subject and Target match.

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Posted 11/4/2010 5:55:15 AM
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I wouldn't stress too much about it because you can't use the "change password" operation unless you successfully specify the old password.  Look backwards in the log for other events such as 4624 (logon) and process start events with the same Logon ID.  Might help you figure out what is going on.
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Dear Randy,

I have stoeckp same logs.

For one user, I have first Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing:4771 from Domain Controler A

The next log for the same user, from DC B, is Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing:4738. This log shows a Target Account as Anonymous Logon and the Source account is the user.

What does it mean ?

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Posted 5/4/2011 6:39:17 PM
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Please post this as a new discussion under 4738 along with a sample of the event.
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A customer called last week to report problems with users on their network not able to access an app that shares data with an MS SQL server running on her PC. After a few minutes I discovered that the password for her local user account (peer-to-peer network) had been cleared. She did not clear it and she's the only user of that PC. I had her create a new password immediately. Her account is a member of the local Administrators group.

Searching the Security log for Event ID 4723 I see entries for the immediate password change in the past few minutes, and the Subject and Target accounts match. But the next most recent Event 4723 shows up about two weeks prior, and the Subject and Target accounts DO NOT match. The Subject account is SYSTEM, and the Target is her local username (same username as most recent immediate entry). If the SYSTEM account is the Subject, is there any explanation for the SYSTEM account clearing a user's password, am I not seeing the whole picture, or is this evidence of a possible malware/security breach?
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Was this event an audit success or failure?
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Audit Success
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Is there anything else that could be resetting the password like some sort of service or program? It is possible that malware could be present so I would run a full AV scan to be safe but it seems unlikely that the PW would be reset like that. Could some other workflow be responsible such as changing the password at next logon or something like that?
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