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Sneak Peek at PowerBroker Desktops 5.3 UI Enhancements

Posted August 8, 2012    Peter McCalister

Over the past several months, our development team in North Andover, MA, has been working hard on the next release of PowerBroker Desktops, which we plan on releasing in late August. The overarching theme for this release is enhancements to usability and aesthetics. Over the next several days, we will be posting a series of blogs that describe the new features in detail. Today, we’ll talk specifically about some of the new user interface elements in the product.

We have improved the user inteface in a few different ways to make it easier to navigate, reduce clicks, and make the product more intutive than ever. The first thing we did was consolodate some functionality that was spread accross several tabs. We have consolodated the Permissions, Privileges and Integrity Level tabs into what we call a Token tab. The token tab also includes the process security functionality that BeyondTrust pioneered several years ago. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

We also eliminated the Common Tab and moved the functionality to the first page in the UI, and new Action options to make it easier to manually create policies. The Action options now allow you to automatically set the appropriate permissions and privileges to elevate apps and drop rights on applications, without having to visit multiple tabs in the UI.

Several of you have been asking to be able to apply policy to groups of rules. We moved some common functionality to the collections level, so that you can apply functioanlity to multiple rules instead of just to each individual rule. In addtion to being able to apply a message box and Item Level Targeting to all of the rules in a collection, you can now apply a common action. All rules that get created within a collection inherit the action defined at the collection level.

These are just a few of the user interface improvments that will be released in the next version, and we are excited to get it in your hands to check out. In the next blog post, we will be describing some of the other improvemnts that we have made to the product, so stay tuned.

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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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