Not sure if this fits under the 'security' or 'general' category...
Recently came across a very strange problem. Just wondering if anyone has heard of something similar, or knows a way around
Here at work, we have this small little application that uses a Microsoft Access database. It gets updated on a daily basis
with an automated process, but usually we don't need to pay attention to it.
We never bothered to put a password on the database (since it wasn't a critical system, and MS Access security isn't that
strong anyways.) However, we did set up access rights on the database to (hopefully) prevent tampering.
A few days ago, we noticed the application that updates the database started failing with an 'invalid password' message.
Furthermore, we can't even open the database because we don't know the password (which, like I said, we never set up to begin
with.) So, I figure there's 2 possibilities, either we're a victim of some sort of virus or hacker (which seems very
strange), or more likely the database has somehow become corrupted.
Has anyone ever heard of such a problem before? (specifically, a corrupt database suddenly 'requiring' a password.) Anyone
have any problems for fixing the problem? (We can't run 'repair/compact' because we don't have the password.)
Can anyone recommend any 3rd party tools to fix the problem, either by repairing the database , or for detecting the
password? (I've seen various share-ware tools for detecting the password, but I'm not sure how good any of them are.)