SQL Server 6.5 - probe account

SQL Server 6.5 - probe account

Post by bHdtY2Nrc2 » Wed, 17 Nov 2004 14:06:01


I have noted that the SQL Server 6.5 has a probe user account with no password.

1) Can this account subject to brute force attack if the default blank
password is not changed?

2) Beside I have noted that the probe account can access the following
tables:
dbo_helpsql,
dbo_spt_datatype_info,
dbo_spt_datatype_info_ext,
dbo_spt_fallback_db,
dbo_spt_fallback_dev,
dbo_spt_fallback_usg,
dbo_spt_monitor,
dbo_spt_provider_types,
dbo_spt_server_info,
dbo_spt_values.

Can the probe user account change any value to these tables assigned by
default? Will there be any implication if the tables values are changed?

Thanks in advance.

Lawrence
 
 
 

SQL Server 6.5 - probe account

Post by Hari Prasa » Wed, 17 Nov 2004 14:38:43

Hi,

As far as I know Probe account in SQL Server will not do any changes. SQL
Server uses this account to manage Performance monitor
counters and writing in to even logs. Assigning password for this user may
cause some functionalities to fail.

Thanks
Hari
SQL Server MVP

 
 
 

SQL Server 6.5 - probe account

Post by rboy » Fri, 19 Nov 2004 03:02:39

This is correct. The probe account is used by performance monitor.

Rand
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