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Unusual Connection

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#1 itguytim


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 12:20 PM

I discovered an unusual connection between a Win 7 desktop PC ( and a domain controller (  I'm not sure what it means and I'm hoping to find some information.  About a week ago, our Meraki Firewall started blocking an event where the Win 7 PC was trying to download a file from our domain controller.  It has been happening for the last 7 days at almost the same exact timeHere is part of the packet capture:


Internet Protocol Version 4, Src: (, Dst: (
    Version: 4
    Header Length: 20 bytes
    Differentiated Services Field: 0x00 (DSCP 0x00: Default; ECN: 0x00: Not-ECT (Not ECN-Capable Transport))
        0000 00.. = Differentiated Services Codepoint: Default (0x00)
        .... ..00 = Explicit Congestion Notification: Not-ECT (Not ECN-Capable Transport) (0x00)
    Total Length: 171
    Identification: 0x28bf (10431)
    Flags: 0x02 (Don't Fragment)
        0... .... = Reserved bit: Not set
        .1.. .... = Don't fragment: Set
        ..0. .... = More fragments: Not set
    Fragment offset: 0
    Time to live: 127
    Protocol: TCP (6)
    Header checksum: 0xba18 [validation disabled]
        [Good: False]
        [Bad: False]
    Source: (
    Destination: (
    [Source GeoIP: Unknown]
    [Destination GeoIP: Unknown]
Transmission Control Protocol, Src Port: 58372 (58372), Dst Port: 80 (80), Seq: 1, Ack: 1, Len: 131
    Source Port: 58372 (58372)
    Destination Port: 80 (80)
    [Stream index: 0]
    [TCP Segment Len: 131]
    Sequence number: 1    (relative sequence number)
    [Next sequence number: 132    (relative sequence number)]
    Acknowledgment number: 1    (relative ack number)
    Header Length: 20 bytes
    .... 0000 0001 1000 = Flags: 0x018 (PSH, ACK)
        000. .... .... = Reserved: Not set
        ...0 .... .... = Nonce: Not set
        .... 0... .... = Congestion Window Reduced (CWR): Not set
        .... .0.. .... = ECN-Echo: Not set
        .... ..0. .... = Urgent: Not set
        .... ...1 .... = Acknowledgment: Set
        .... .... 1... = Push: Set
        .... .... .0.. = Reset: Not set
        .... .... ..0. = Syn: Not set
        .... .... ...0 = Fin: Not set
    Window size value: 512
    [Calculated window size: 512]
    [Window size scaling factor: -1 (unknown)]
    Checksum: 0xb7d4 [validation disabled]
        [Good Checksum: False]
        [Bad Checksum: False]
    Urgent pointer: 0
    [SEQ/ACK analysis]
        [Bytes in flight: 131]
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
    OPTIONS /Q.exe HTTP/1.1\r\n
        [Expert Info (Chat/Sequence): OPTIONS /Q.exe HTTP/1.1\r\n]
            [OPTIONS /Q.exe HTTP/1.1\r\n]
            [Severity level: Chat]
            [Group: Sequence]
        Request Method: OPTIONS
        Request URI: /Q.exe
        Request Version: HTTP/1.1
    Connection: Keep-Alive\r\n
    User-Agent: Microsoft-WebDAV-MiniRedir/6.1.7601\r\n
    translate: f\r\n
    Host: dc01\r\n
    [Full request URI: http://dc01/Q.exe]
    [HTTP request 1/1]


What is strange is that we have a Q drive shared from dc01.  Is this something behind the scenes that Windows does?


Thanks for anyones helps!



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#2 itguytim

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 07:29 AM

Wow....so i think I found the answer.  For this particular user on this particular PC, I had a GPO that mapped the Q drive.  I looked again at the path I set in the GPO and it read "dc01\share" instead of "\\dc01\share".  That must have caused Windows to revert to HTTP.  Type just the name of a domain controller (or any PC in the domain) into the address bar of File Explorer and once DNS is resolved a web browser will open trying to connect to the PC using HTTP.  

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