Unfortunately, the day just did not turn out for me. Everything I tried did not work. Plus, every time I found a track to go down, something would happen to that server. It made me rather waspish. (Mea culpa, Lori.) It just sucks when you start wondering why you are in a job to begin with.
I was going to leave, defeated and empty handed, shortly after Lori left for the day. I had closed down my computer and even ran to the bathroom. I came back to my desk to get my things and looked at my nemesis, the computer. "No." I thought. "I'm not leaving until I find something... dammit." Sat back down and revisited a track I had started following then abandoned fairly early in the day.
I struck gold. I found two beautifully blatant information disclosure bugs. One mentioned an engineer by MS domain and alias - in three files. The other revealed library and template locations. I had Rob, the security guy, come verify that they were indeed security bugs. He gave me that little pleased smile of his when I showed him. We had a short talk about how frustrating security testing can be, complimented me and assured me I would find more.
I feel like I validated my existence as a tester. *smile*