The LocalSystem Account
The LocalSystem account is a predefined local account used by system
processes. The name of the account is .\System. This account does not have a password.
If you specify the LocalSystem account in a call to the CreateService function, any password information you supply is ignored.
A service that runs in the context of the LocalSystem account inherits the
security context of the SCM. It is not associated with any logged-on user account
and does not have credentials (domain name, user name, and password) to be used
for verification. This has several implications:
- The service cannot open the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
- The service can open the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY.
- The service has limited access to network resources, such as shares and pipes,
because it has no credentials and must connect using a null session. The
following registry key contains the NullSessionPipes and NullSessionShares values, which are used to specify the pipes and shares to which null sessions
Alternatively, you could add the REG_DWORD value RestrictNullSessAccess to the key and set it to 0 to allow all null sessions to access all pipes and
shares created on that machine.
- The service cannot share objects with other applications, unless they are
opened using a DACL which allows a user or group of users access or NULL DACL,
which allows everyone access. Specifying a NULL DACL is not the same as specifying
NULL, which means that access is only granted to applications with the same
security context. For more information, see Allowing Access.
- If the service opens a command window and runs a batch file, the user could
hit CTRL+C to terminate the batch file and gain access to a command window with
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