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Privilege Identity Management Provides Essential Protection

Posted April 13, 2011    Peter McCalister

Tying the record for the most security bulletins issued at one time, Microsoft released 17 bulletins addressing 64 vulnerabilities this week in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, .NET Framework and the Graphics Device Interface (GDI+).

With all eyes on security this week, we thought it would be a good time to release our investigative report examining all of the vulnerabilities Microsoft published in more than 100 Security Bulletins in 2010, documenting and providing patches for 256 vulnerabilities.  The key findings from the report show that configuring users to operate without administrator rights will better protect companies from the exploitation of:

  • 75% of Critical Windows 7 vulnerabilities reported by Microsoft to date
  • 100% of Microsoft Office vulnerabilities reported in 2010
  • 100% of Internet Explorer and IE 8 vulnerabilities reported in 2010
  • 64% of all Microsoft vulnerabilities reported in 2010

Because vulnerabilities take time to identify and patches can take even longer to deploy, attacks and attackers are provided with a specific window of opportunity to infiltrate networks and exploit undiscovered weaknesses.  However, by configuring users to operate without administrator rights, organizations can effectively immunize themselves from many of these zero-day threats.  Implementation of a Privilege Identity Management solution enables desktop users to continue to access the applications required to do their jobs effectively, without unnecessarily putting the organization at added risk.

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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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