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Insider Villain Introduced: Accident ProneAnnie

Posted July 15, 2011    Peter McCalister

In order to put a face on the depth and breadth of potential insiders that can be found throughout your enterprise, I will introduce you to three insider villains and three insider heroes. Each villain will represent one of the key misuse of privileges and each hero will represent key values delivered by least privilege. This third introduction will be of the most unlikely villain.

Accidental misuse of privilege is commonplace throughout your organization. Why? Because human nature dictate that we will make mistakes and if your employees are over privileged on their IT resources then that can lead to costly mistakes. To better examine this type of privilege misuse I’d like to introduce you to “Accident Prone Annie.”

Annie is your typical business user who accidental may be misusing their privileges to do things that are against corporate policy (i.e. downloading software off the web or upgrading applications before IT approves) and reeking havoc on the help desk.

Accidental misuse of privileges on desktops and servers does happen, and it does have a measurable impact on the organization as a whole. For example, desktop configuration errors cost companies an average of $120/PC, according to IDC report, “The Relationship between IT Labor Costs and Best Practices for IAM.”

As one famous hacker said, “The weakest link in any network is its people.” The most fortified network is still vulnerable if users can be tricked into undermining its security — for example, by giving away passwords or other confidential data over the phone, or performing some activity that allows malware to hijack admin rights on desktops.

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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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