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February, 2011

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Microsoft Excel 2007 Office Drawing Layer Remote Code Execution

Disclosed February 7, 2011    Fully Patched
Vendors: Microsoft
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
Exploit Availability:
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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 OfficeArt Atom Remote Code Execution

Disclosed February 7, 2011    Fully Patched
Vendors: Microsoft
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
Exploit Availability:
Intentional Harm

Cutting Pay? Think Least Privilege First

Posted February 4, 2011    Peter McCalister

There was a big story in Network World about an IT staffer who sold his own company pirated software, used corporate servers for his own purposes and even downloaded credit card information.

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Monitoring Your Change Control Processes

Posted February 3, 2011    Morey Haber

I have responded to a number of RFPs (Request For Proposal) in my day and recently I have seen a trend in some of the questions. While the question varies between requests, there seems to be a growing trend that users want vulnerability assessment tools to not only identify vulnerabilities, but to also track changes to…

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Stolen Fruit is the Sweetest (Especially for Hackers)

Posted February 3, 2011    Peter McCalister

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “stolen fruit is the sweetest.” It’s a phrase that gets thrown around lightly, but it’s time to take it to heart. In a day when information and sensitive data are being stolen, manipulated, and blasted for the world to read, this is a saying we all need to look at twice. Hackers, inside security leakers, and thieves all agree: that which is stolen is the sweetest. You don’t want to find out how sweet the information in your enterprise will be to them. Steps should to be taken to secure the sensitive information and data in enterprises across the world.

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Least Privilege Legacy Apps and the Desktop “Wild West”: Part 4

Posted February 2, 2011    Peter McCalister

This week we report the conclusions of our recent survey of 185 IT Administrators and Help Desk Operatives, in a report Legacy Applications and Least Privilege Access Management’ – which reveals the way legacy apps leave Windows desktop environments unnecessarily exposed to attack from malware, as well as providing an open door to insider threats.

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Prevent Security Storms by Eliminating Admin Rights

Posted February 1, 2011    Peter McCalister

How many times have you heard the old proverb, “after the storm comes the calm?” And how many times have you just accepted “storms” as part of life? From my point of view, these downpours aren’t actually necessary.