This is an interesting question that I would like to share my view of here.
The question: What are the security implications of someone being able to modify permissions protecting the domain root object?
Let’s start with some basics:
- All Objects in AD are securable
- Securable Objects has a Security Descriptor (SD)
- The SDs contains Owner SID, Group SID, DACL, SACL (known as ACLs) and the header with control flags
- The ACLs contain ACEs
- ACEs contains a set of access rights and a security identifier (SID) that identifies a trustee for whom the rights are allowed, denied, or audited
This topic focuses on the Write_DAC or Modify Permissions. If a Security Principal (User, Sec group, Computer) has the Write_DAC he is allowed to modify the Security Descriptor guarding the object.
So what are the implications of someone having the permission to modify the SD on the Domain Root? Continue reading