Identify recursive groups (web client)

Background/Value

Groups can be members of other groups. Active Directory allows "children" to become "parents" within their own family tree. If the nested group structure loops in a circular way group membership assignments become ineffective and nonsensical. Through these recursions or circular nested groups every user who is a member of any of the recursive groups is granted all of the access rights of all of the groups. The consequence is a confusing mess of excessive access rights. ARM automatically identifies all recursions in your system. We highly recommend removing the recursion by breaking the chain of circular group memberships.

Administrate only with ARM and recursions can no longer occur.

 

Related features

The deeper your group structure the more likely you are to have circular nested group structures. Therefore, keep an eye on the nesting depth of your groups.

Identify recursive groups (rich client)

Break the circle by managing group memberships (rich client) or removing group memberships (web client).

 

Step-by-step process

Go to the Risk Assessment Dashboard.

 

  1. ARM shows a rating for the risk factor "Groups in recursion".
  2. Click "Minimize risks".

The tiles are sorted by risk level and may therefore be located in different places.

 

A046-04 EN Gruppen in Rekursion im Webclient identifizieren

  1. ARM lists all groups in recursion.
  2. Use sorting, filtering and grouping to analyze the data.
  3. Select the rows to display in the grid and in the reports.
  4. Export the data into Excel.
  5. Create a report in PDF- or CSV-format. Save the report or email it.