Microsoft User Access Controls (UAC) has been touted as the next great thing in desktop security, but does it really satisfy all you need in order to ensure security, compliance and productivity?
In the first part of the series “DEP Down”, we discussed how DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is not always enabled on the application targeted by attackers. When it is enabled, it can be defeated in a number of ways: Return-to-libc attacks These attacks, while normally limited to simple system commands, will always evade DEP as…
Let’s face it – organizations cannot simply build walls to protect vital information anymore. However, in the process of adapting to this new virtual collaborative environment comes the enormous challenge of ensuring that privileged access to critical information is not misused. Walls that may have worked a decade ago are now practically irrelevant as users…
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Last week we posted on the three forms of misuse of privilege, followed by a recent example of malicious abuse, where a stock trader used his IT skills to circumvent the system.
Indirect misuse of privileges is when one or more attack types are launched from a third party computer which has been taken over remotely. A startling statistic revealed by Gartner is that 67% of all malware detections ever made were detected in 2008. Gartner also estimates managed desktops, or users who run without admin rights,…
Microsoft has released a Security Advisory for the upcoming patch to increase minimum bit levels of certificates to 1024 bit security advisory 2661254. The expected release date for this patch is Oct 9th at which time the update will be available through Windows Update.
A common fear of all Chief Security Officers and Chief Information Officers is that their organization winds up in the press for some breach of privacy or data theft.
Today we continue our series of technical blogs with a blog about DEP (Data Execution Prevention). There are many good blogs and articles about DEP which go into great detail over the what, where, when and how’s of DEP and as such, I will only keep the introduction at a very minimum. Please follow the…