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Organizing your PowerBroker Desktops Rules

Posted October 20, 2012    Peter McCalister

When tackling a project to remove administrator privileges from users, it is critical to understand what applications and tasks will be impacted. Some things just break or won’t function properly when users are no longer administrators. Of course, PowerBroker Desktops is designed to elevate those apps and tasks that require administrator privileges so that there…

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MS SQL Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) News – October 2012

Posted October 15, 2012    Jerome Diggs

Eight new audits are being released in our Retina vulnerability scan engine to help close a security vulnerability that can enable an attacker to gain control of a MS SQL Database Server running SQL Reporting Services via Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2012-2552, MS12-070). These eight new audits have been released with Retina Network Community and the commercial…

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Don’t say “Lockdown”!

Posted October 15, 2012    Peter McCalister

Here at BeyondTrust, we have been fortunate to be able to speak with thousands of security professionals in dozens of industries, and it is astonishing how differently organizations assess risk and approach computer security. Some organizations are very strict about security and are able to completely lock down desktops. Others are significantly more lax about…

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Privilege Identity Management – A Help Desk Perspective

Posted October 12, 2012    Morey Haber

Help desk technicians within a company are the first line of defensive for a new project or system problem. Most of the time, they are informed and trained that users will be getting a new piece of security software. The solution, in this case, is called Privileged Identity Management (PIM) and is designed to manage authenticated permissions…

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PowerBroker for Windows – Solution Deployment

Posted October 11, 2012    Morey Haber

PowerBroker for Windows (PBW) is designed to integrate directly into your corporate Active Directory (AD) structure without modifying your existing schema. In the asset labeled “1” below, an administrator simply loads a Group Policy Option (GPO) snap-in onto an asset that uses the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).  The administrator can then create policies and rules…

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XnView JLS Heap Overflow

Disclosed October 4, 2012    Fully Patched
Vendors: XnSoft
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
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TurboFTP Server Buffer Overflow

Disclosed October 3, 2012    Fully Patched
Vendors: TurboSoft
Vulnerability Severity: High
Exploit Impact: Remote Code Execution
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PowerBroker for Windows, Best Known Secrets – Collections

Posted October 1, 2012    Morey Haber

One of the best-known secrets about PowerBroker for Windows is the ability to logically group rules into Collections. This Best Practice allows you to organize rules based on almost any criteria and treat multiple rules as a single entity. This feature is most useful when: Rules require the same item-level targeting Organizing rules into physical…

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