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Linux Proliferation Raises Security & Compliance Alerts

Posted November 16, 2010    Peter McCalister

The Linux Foundation recently conducted a survey of Linux users who represent the largest enterprise companies and government agencies. The survey found that Linux is poised for growth in the coming years, with 76.4 percent of companies planning to add more Linux servers in the next year.

Linux workloads are also changing, with 60.2 percent of respondents claiming that they plan to use Linux for more mission-critical workloads than they have in the past. Since Linux is on the brink of a usage explosion and considering that a large portion of Linux resources are going to be used for mission-critical workloads, enterprises must ensure that proper security and compliance planning is being transitioned in with the new Linux systems.

A first step that should be taken is implementing a solution that has the ability to delegate granular (least) privileges and authorization without disclosing the root password for Linux platforms. By protecting the root password from misuse of privileged access, an enterprise will be able to meet the security and compliance demands of a Linux server and desktop explosion.

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Retina Vulnerability Audits – July 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted July 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

The following is a list of Retina vulnerability audits for this July 2014 Patch Tuesday: MS14-037 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2975687) 34517 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Cumulative Security Update (2975687) MS14-038 - Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2975689) 34518 – Microsoft Windows Journal (2975789) MS14-039 - Vulnerability in On-Screen Keyboard Could Allow…

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July 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted July 8, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This July Microsoft has released six security bulletins which account for over 29 unique vulnerabilities. The most critical bulletins are MS14-037 (Internet Explorer), MS14-038 (Windows Journal)  and MS14-040 (Windows AFD). MS14-037 starts things off with another massive Internet Explorer update on the heels of MS14-035 from last month. This new Internet Explorer bulletin covers over…

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Getting Least Privilege Right on Windows

Posted June 30, 2014    Morey Haber

Windows doesn’t make least privilege easy Enforcing least-privilege access policies on Windows has never been easy – especially given some fundamental flaws have haunted the OS since the mid-1990s. Consider the following permissions issues: Windows 95 and 98 had a logon screen and could even be joined to the domain, but users could bypass the prompt…

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