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Austin Powder uses PowerBroker to Implement Least Privilege

Posted November 18, 2011    Peter McCalister

Austin Powder, a manufacturing firm based in Ohio, faced an interesting challenge of taking their company to a least privilege model. They also needed to reduce malware threats within the organization.

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At the start of the project, the company knew little about the least privilege model. They began to develop an in-house solution, a wrapped RunAs command created with an administrator account, to help mitigate the problem. Their homegrown solution helped control malware, but it presented a challenge with uesrs because it was confusing and difficult for them to understand. It also resulted in an increase of expensive help desk calls every time settings needed to be changed or applications needed to be installed. With their solution not yielding the desired results, Austin Powder ultimately needed a solution that could solve the least privilege problem, cut down on malware in the enterprise, as well as decrease the number of calls to the help desk.

This is where BeyondTrust came in. PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition allows enterprises the ability to lock down users’ access while still allowing applications to run as necessary. Since malware targets accounts with administrative rights, locking down users significantly reduces these threats. It also solves the least privilege problem, as users are given only the amount of credentials as they need for their jobs. In addition, it decreases the amount of help desk calls as users are already given what they need instead of being forced to request it.

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A Quick Look at MS14-068

Posted November 20, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft recently released an out of band patch for Kerberos.  Taking a look at the Microsoft security bulletin, it seems like there is some kind of issue with Kerberos signatures related to tickets. Further information is available in the Microsoft SRD Blogpost So it looks like there is an issue with PAC signatures.  But what…

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Password Game Show

Managing Shared Accounts for Privileged Users: 5 Best Practices for Achieving Control and Accountability

Posted November 20, 2014    Scott Lang

How do organizations ensure accountability of shared privileged accounts to meet compliance and security requirements without impacting administrator productivity? Consider these five best practices…

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Triggering MS14-066

Triggering MS14-066

Posted November 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

Microsoft addressed CVE-2014-6321 this Patch Tuesday, which has been hyped as the next Heartbleed.  This vulnerability (actually at least 2 vulnerabilities) promises remote code execution in applications that use the SChannel Security Service Provider, such as Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). The details have been scarce.  Lets fix that. Looking at the bindiff of schannel.dll, we see a…

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