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taffy078 MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
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Last edited on 13th Jan, 2012 22:52

Hi Maurice.

I' ve just seen your advice in

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/119...

so I installed it.

It reported that I have only one security issue:
Security assessment:
Severe Risk (One or more critical checks failed.)


It said:

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File System Issue
You are running the FAT file system, which is not a secured file system; you should consider converting to the NTFS file system.

Secured file systems, such as NTFS, are a key component of security, because they restrict user access to data. By using file system security, you can specify which users are allowed to access individual files and what type of access they are allowed (for example, read or modify). NTFS protects your data by preventing unwanted user access to it.

Note

•You need to manually secure your files by using access control lists (ACLs). To do this, right-click the file or folder to which you want to control, click Properties, click the Security tab, and then specify the appropriate access restrictions for the file.
Solution
Convert your system from FAT to NTFS. For more information, view the documentation below on using NTFS and how to convert drives to NTFS.

Additional Information
Choosing between NTFS, FAT, and FAT32
How to Restore the Default NTFS Permissions for Windows 2000
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I bought my PC from a major PC retailer - it came with pre-installed (OEM) software.

An analysis by Belarc tells me this:

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 160.03 GB 147.77 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 1) 153.59 GB 153.52 GB free
f: (FAT32 on drive 1) 6.43 GB 2.43 GB free

So should I follow the MBSA suggestion and get rid of my FAT (!!) or should I leave it alone, please?











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Maurice Joyce RE: MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
Handling Contributor 13th Jan, 2012 23:00
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I think FAT 32 is your OEM partition.

Go to start>My computer>right click on the C drive>properties>general tab

Does that clearly state it is NTFS?

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Anthony Wells RE: MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
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Hi ,

If it helps , I have more or less the same config after I changed my HDD from FAT 32 to NTFS ; the OEM partition is/was left behind as FAT 32 .

TAke care

Anthony

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Maurice Joyce RE: MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
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How are U getting on with finding the answer to my question?

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taffy078 RE: MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
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Hi.

You may recall Maurice that my C drive 'died', that when I went to buy a new one, the PC shop found that I had a second hard drive in place but not used.

That became my C drive; the damaged one became my E drive, which can only be used for storing docs etc, not applications. And the F drive is as you say for the OEM stuff.

My C & E Drives are NTFS. My F drive is FAT32. So can I ignore the MBSA advice? Is it recommended that I do not try to convert it to NTFS, as it's an OEM PC?

I hope you say 'ignore it' otherwise Anthony, too, will have to change his! :0)

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Maurice Joyce RE: MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
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Last edited on 15th Jan, 2012 11:22
That is correct but U did not confirm it was your OEM partition - the size gave me the clue.

Most pen drives & many external hard drives connected by USB are normally FAT - they can be left alone as well.

EDIT:
Sorry missed a bit to answer U fully.Being an OEM version of Windows is not the driving force. Very doubtful any Windows 7 (perhaps even Vista) have got any FAT drives. It is an old filing system from the XP days.

OEM's can be converted just like any other Windows platform but in the case of a partition is unnecessary.

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taffy078 RE: MBSA ( Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
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Thanks Maurice. I can rest easy now - as can Anthony!

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