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Is it possible to, remotely using MySQL, to start a service on the server, or to run any file? What about FTP, can you tell it to run a file? I ask because a developer I work with has killed apache, and locked us out of RDP.

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RDP not working because apache stopped? "run any file"? Sounds like you're looking to hack a solution to a problem you don't really understand. – symcbean Mar 21 '11 at 12:51
No, I understand the problem. The developer stopped apache, and I don't know what he did to cause RDP to stop working, I'm just wondering if It's possible to use MySQL or FTP to find out what's going on. – James T Mar 21 '11 at 12:53
No, it is not possible (without exploiting security vulnerabilities) to start stuff remotely with neither FTP nor MySQL. Perhaps you should talk with the developer, and ask him/her to bring up apache again? – MattBianco Mar 21 '11 at 13:37
Heh, that's the issue, he doesn't have access either. He will have to go to the server I think. – James T Mar 21 '11 at 14:42

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Is your FTP service able to write to C:\Windows\Tasks? Make a .job file to issue a "net start" and throw it in there. Seems worth a shot.

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I got to the session 0 via:

mstsc /v:serverip /f -console
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If you can connect to the administrative share of the machine, then you should be able to connect to the services manager remotely.

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services. Then right-click on "Services (Local)" in the left-hand pane, and select "Connect to another computer..."

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Thanks for the suggestion, but all ports are closed but FTP, and MySql. Not sure why RDP won't respond. – James T Mar 21 '11 at 12:46
I'm afraid I think you're out of luck. If your FTP or MySQL servers did allow arbitrary execution of code that would be very scary indeed (from a security point of view). In MSSQL you have master..xp_cmdshell which allows execution of external programs, but there isn't anything like this in mysql. – Steve Mayne Mar 21 '11 at 13:05
Ok thanks for the help. – James T Mar 21 '11 at 13:12

Try the PsExec tools.

This should allow you to remote in and enable Services. Psexec net start <service name>

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And what port does it use? I'd guess not FTP or MySQL, it didn't work. – James T Mar 21 '11 at 12:53
For using PSexec on the remote machine, the remote machine should have opened port 445 TCP (SMB). – Matt Mar 21 '11 at 12:57
Yeah I don't have that. – James T Mar 21 '11 at 12:58

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