Sunday, January 15, 2006

Harry is on the SBS Show

If you don’t know who Harry is then you must be working SBS IT in a vacuum.

All the rest of us call him king. Harry’s insight is invaluable.  Vlad Mazek’s SBS show has an exclusive interview with the king.

Posted by Stevereno on 01/15 at 02:48 PM
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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Cyber Security 2005

2005 is over. Last year their were 5,198 vulnerabilities reported to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.  812 for Windows systems, 2328 for Unix/Linux systems and 2058 for multiple operating systems.  Looks like there are a lot more vulnerabilities impacting other operating systems than there are impacting Windows.

Now, aren’t you glad you are running your network on Windows and Windows Small Business Server.  You can check the list of vulnerabilities here.  You can also draw some real insight into what’s really secure from the list. It’s an eye opener.

Posted by Stevereno on 01/14 at 11:58 AM
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Friday, January 13, 2006

Symantec Plants “Rootkit” on Customers Systems

It was discovered this week that Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks plants a “rootkit-type” hidden directory as part of it’s install. According to an article in eWeek, Symantec has released a patch to expose the directory so that it will become visible. After the flap over Sony’s DRM rootkit you would think that vendors would abandon this practice. If Symantec is doing this I wonder how many other vendors consider this a good practice?

Rootkits consists of files and directories that are hidden from your operating systems. Since they are hidden they don’t get scanned by your antivirus and spy ware programs. If someone compromises your system and places files in this directory you will not know that they are there and at that point your computer is not yours any more. This is “bad practice” and ought not be tolerated by the industry at all. EVER!

Wouldn?t’ you think that Symantec would know better?

If you are running Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks make sure you run LiveUpdate to patch your system.

Posted by Stevereno on 01/13 at 01:36 PM
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