On my Windows 8.1 desktop, I see a lot of messages like this from
lsass.exe in the Event Viewer's audit log:
An attempt was made to query the existence of a blank password for an account. Subject: Security ID: LOCAL SERVICE Account Name: LOCAL SERVICE Account Domain: NT AUTHORITY Logon ID: 0x3E5 Additional Information: Caller Workstation: PETTER Target Account Name: Administrator Target Account Domain: PETTER
It goes on once in a while for a few different Target Account Names, like
HomeGroupUser$, etc. This message shows up on certain intervals no matter if I am connected to the Internet or not.
To make sure that there was no malicious intent behind this, I ran a virus check with Malwarebytes, Trend Micro and AVG, which were all in agreement that the system in fact was clean.
I then reinstalled a clean system; the messages still re-appeared after a while.
It does not seem to matter whether system is connected to network or not; even with network cable unplugged, these messages appear. (Maybe not so strange considering that it's running as
S-1-5-19 "Local Service".)
Strangely, on the Internet, there seems to be a lot of others who've faced this very issue, but the threads and questions there remain unanswered.
What is the origin of these messages, and why is there a constant scan for empty passwords?
Here is the output of
C:\WINDOWS\system32>auditpol /get /user:Administrator /category:* No audit policy is defined for the user account. C:\WINDOWS\system32>auditpol /get /category:* System audit policy Category/Subcategory Setting System Security System Extension No Auditing System Integrity Success and Failure IPsec Driver No Auditing Other System Events Success and Failure Security State Change Success Logon/Logoff Logon Success Logoff Success Account Lockout Success IPsec Main Mode No Auditing IPsec Quick Mode No Auditing IPsec Extended Mode No Auditing Special Logon Success Other Logon/Logoff Events No Auditing Network Policy Server Success and Failure User / Device Claims No Auditing Object Access File System No Auditing Registry No Auditing Kernel Object No Auditing SAM No Auditing Certification Services No Auditing Application Generated No Auditing Handle Manipulation No Auditing File Share No Auditing Filtering Platform Packet Drop No Auditing Filtering Platform Connection No Auditing Other Object Access Events No Auditing Detailed File Share No Auditing Removable Storage No Auditing Central Policy Staging No Auditing Privilege Use Non Sensitive Privilege Use No Auditing Other Privilege Use Events No Auditing Sensitive Privilege Use No Auditing Detailed Tracking Process Creation No Auditing Process Termination No Auditing DPAPI Activity No Auditing RPC Events No Auditing Policy Change Authentication Policy Change Success Authorization Policy Change No Auditing MPSSVC Rule-Level Policy Change No Auditing Filtering Platform Policy Change No Auditing Other Policy Change Events No Auditing Audit Policy Change Success Account Management User Account Management Success Computer Account Management No Auditing Security Group Management Success Distribution Group Management No Auditing Application Group Management No Auditing Other Account Management Events No Auditing DS Access Directory Service Changes No Auditing Directory Service Replication No Auditing Detailed Directory Service Replication No Auditing Directory Service Access No Auditing Account Logon Kerberos Service Ticket Operations No Auditing Other Account Logon Events No Auditing Kerberos Authentication Service No Auditing Credential Validation No Auditing