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When Legacy Apps Dictate Desktop User Privilege Access

Posted October 25, 2010    Peter McCalister

legacy apps require admin rightsIn an enterprise Windows’ desktop environment, whether a company has 100 or 10,000 seats, the challenge of managing access is fraught with difficulty.

Even if an IT administrator can work out how to circumnavigate Windows User Access Controls or how to set a Group Policy for every application, there will invariably still be a legacy application on which the company relies, which will only run if every user is given administrator status.

In effect one or more legacy application forces the company to leave the entire network vulnerable to either intentional or accidental damage from giving users a higher level of privileged access than they require.

These applications will have been written in-house, or by a third party provider, to meet the bespoke needs of the company – and yet without recognising the security risks and compliance headache caused by leaving desktop access wide open.

Equally rife, is the use of legacy apps such as Sage Instant Accounts and Intuit Quick Books, more associated with the individual user or small company, but more often than not used en-masse in larger companies with 100+ desktops.

The impact of these legacy apps, is not just the security risks they pose, but also the impact on IT support in fixing the unintentional errors caused by over privileged desktop users.

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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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