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May 29, 2002—In this issue:

1. IN FOCUS

  • Legal Remedy for Junk Email; Hiring Security Staff

2. SECURITY RISK

  • Buffer Overflow in Ipswitch's IMail Server

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Cast Your Vote for Our Readers' Choice Awards!
  • Attend Our Free Windows Security Solutions Webinar!

4. SECURITY ROUNDUP

  • News: Spammers Beware: New Bill Seeks Criminal Enforcement
  • News: CyberSource Teams with Concord EFS for Secure Payment System
  • News: SonicWALL Protects Santa Barbara Police Department
  • News: Spida Worm Infects SQL Servers
  • News: SurfControl Releases White Paper Stressing Layered Security

5. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of Previous Poll: IM Use
  • New Instant Poll: IM Policy

6. SECURITY TOOLKIT

  • Virus Center
  • FAQ: How Can I Disable Multiuser Editing in Microsoft Office XP's Word Processor—Microsoft Word 2002?

7. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Automatically Plug Major Windows XP Security Hole
  • PC User-Authentication Solution

8. HOT THREADS

  • Windows & .NET Magazine Online Forums
    • Featured Thread: Password Breach
  • HowTo Mailing List
    • Featured Thread: NT Profiles and Password Policy

9. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. IN FOCUS
(contributed by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark@ntsecurity.net)

  • LEGAL REMEDY FOR JUNK EMAIL; HIRING SECURITY STAFF

  • Are you getting enough spam yet? After the long holiday weekend, I checked the email in just one of my mail accounts, and the server reported 76 messages waiting to be delivered. In fact, 38 of them were unsolicited junk mail advertising all kinds of things I don't need, such as an as-seen-on-TV cure for snoring. I don't get nearly as much junk mail in my postal mailbox as I do in my electronic mail boxes, yet I've never opted into anyone's electronic advertising campaigns.

    All online advertisers should include a link or email address that we can use to remove our names from their distribution lists (DLs). However, spam sources often use such contact points not to remove names from lists but to verify that a particular email address is valid—which only increases the amount of junk mail I receive.

    A few years ago, in a television commentary, Andy Rooney joked that he accumulates piles of his postal junk mail, then ships it all back to the sender with a note that says, "Please throw this away for me." The idea struck me as hilarious, and it might be effective, but I doubt it would work with electronic junk mail.

    We can use spam filters to eliminate unwanted email traffic, but keeping the filters effective isn't simple. The task becomes expensive over the long run through filtering software costs and the security-related maintenance hours required. But some relief might be in sight. Recently, the Senate Commerce Committee passed Bill S.630, which, if it becomes law, would make it illegal to send unsolicited email unless recipients have given express consent to receive such communications. In a nutshell, the new law would eliminate "opt out" in favor of "opt in" policies. The proposed law would also let those who receive unsolicited communications file class-action and independent lawsuits against offenders to collect monetary damages. You can read about the bill in the related news story, "Spammers Beware: New Law Seeks Criminal Enforcement" (see the URL below).
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25291

    On another security-related subject—do you have trouble hiring and keeping security professionals in your company? A recent article in CIO Magazine, "How to Staff Up for Security" (see the URL below), notes that employers have trouble filling available positions because of a lack of skilled and experienced workers in the field: On average, employers fill 1 in 13 available positions.
    http://www.idg.net/go.cgi?id=685363

    The article lists several ways to attract, hire, and keep quality security people on your staff, including

    • knowing your needs and matching them to a candidate
    • using specialized headhunters and employment agencies
    • making cutting-edge technology available to your security staff
    • offering incentives such as yearly training and conference attendance
    • considering training inhouse staff for security positions
    • paying them well

    You probably already know that security professionals don't come cheap. The article states that salaries in the field can range from $60,000 up to $180,000 per year, depending on several factors, including level of responsibility. Be sure to read the article.


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    2. SECURITY RISK
    (contributed by Ken Pfeil, ken@winnetmag.com)

  • Buffer Overflow in Ipswitch's IMail Server

  • Foundstone discovered a buffer-overflow condition in the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) component of Ipswitch's IMail Server that can result in a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to remotely execute arbitrary code by using the privileges of the IMail daemon, which typically has the default of SYSTEM. Ipswitch has released Hotfix 1 for IMail Server 7.10, which addresses this vulnerability. Users who have earlier versions of IMail Server will need to upgrade to IMail Server 7.10.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25294

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

  • CAST YOUR VOTE FOR OUR READERS' CHOICE AWARDS!

  • Which companies and products do you think are the best on the market? Nominate your favorites in four different categories for our annual Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. You could win a T-shirt or a free Windows & .NET Magazine Super CD, just for submitting your ballot. Click here!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/readerschoice

  • ATTEND OUR FREE WINDOWS SECURITY SOLUTIONS WEBINAR!

  • If you're using Windows 2000 to run mission-critical applications, you know Win2K has security concerns. The Windows & .NET Magazine's Security Solutions Summit, a half-day online event, addresses where the vulnerabilities lie, how you can strengthen your enterprise's security, and how you can exploit the same tools that intruders use. Register today!
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    4. SECURITY ROUNDUP

  • NEWS: Spammers Beware: New Bill Seeks Criminal Enforcement

  • The Senate Commerce Committee approved Bill S.630 "Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2001" (the "CAN SPAM Act of 2001" for short). The CAN SPAM act is designed to protect consumers and businesses from unsolicited commercial email (UCE) by levying fines and permitting civil and criminal actions against spammers.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25291

  • NEWS: CyberSource Teams with Concord EFS for Secure Payment System

  • CyberSource and Concord EFS announced an agreement in which Concord will sell the CyberSource Small Business \[CyberSource dosolution to its small and midsized customers.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25290

  • NEWS: SonicWALL Protects Santa Barbara Police Department

  • SonicWALL announced that the Santa Barbara (California) Police Department (SBPD) has selected the company's firewall and VPN appliances to protect the SBPD network and communications between remote offices for some 230 offsite law enforcement employees.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25289

  • NEWS: Spida Worm Infects SQL Servers

  • A new worm, Spida, is spreading across the Internet into Microsoft SQL Server systems. Spida infects SQL servers that have a blank systems administrator (sa) account password.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25280

  • NEWS: SurfControl Releases White paper Stressing Layered Security

  • SurfControl, a Web and email-filtering company, announced the release of a white paper that urges organizations to layer security to ensure network integrity and to keep sensitive and proprietary information confidential.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25286

    5. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: IM USE

  • The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Security Administrator Channel nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "If your organization uses Instant Messaging (IM), which IM choice have you standardized on?" Here are the results (+/- 2 percent) from the 315 votes:
    • 14% AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
    • 16% ICQ
    • 43% MSN Messenger
    • 9% Yahoo! Messenger
    • 18% Other

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: IM POLICY

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "Which of the following answers best describes your organization's approach to Instant Messaging (IM) use?" Go to the Security Administrator Channel home page and submit your vote for a) We standardize on one package, b) We let users make their own IM choice, c) We don't let users use IM.
    http://www.secadministrator.com

    6. SECURITY TOOLKIT

  • VIRUS CENTER

  • Panda Software and the Windows & .NET Magazine Network have teamed to bring you the Center for Virus Control. Visit the site often to remain informed about the latest threats to your system security.
    http://www.secadministrator.com/panda

  • FAQ: How can I disable multiuser editing in microsoft Office XP's word processor—Microsoft Word 2002?

  • ( contributed by John Savill, http://www.windows2000faq.com )

    A. The multiuser editing feature of Office XP's version of Word lets you open a locked file, edit the file locally, and merge your changes into the original document. To disable this feature, perform the following steps:

    1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
    2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Word\Options registry subkey.
    3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
    4. Enter a name of NoPromptToForkDocuments and press Enter.
    5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1 to disable multiuser editing, and click OK.

    7. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Judy Drennen, products@winnetmag.com)

  • AUTOMATICALLY PLUG MAJOR WINDOWS XP SECURITY HOLE

  • BigFix announced BigFix i-prevention, a software support system that protects Windows XP from a security flaw that can expose a PC to outside attackers. The BigFix i-prevention system identifies vulnerable Windows machines, proactively alerts users, and if a user clicks OK, plugs the security hole automatically. Some versions of Windows Me and Windows 98 are also susceptible if the users have installed Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) updates on their systems. Go to BigFix's Web site for a free download. Contact BigFix at 510-652-6700 or
    info@bigfix.com.
    http://www.bigfix.com

  • PC USER-AUTHENTICATION SOLUTION

  • Griffin Technologies announced SecuriKey, a USB-based user-authentication solution for PCs. SecuriKey combines a keylike USB device with password protection. The solution also provides an alternative to public key infrastructure (PKI), protecting companies against unauthorized computer use. For a 200-user network, the cost to deploy would be less than $50 per seat. For more information, contact Griffin Technologies at 800-986-6578 or go to the Web site.
    http://www.griftech.com

    8. HOT THREADS

  • WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE ONLINE FORUMS

  • http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

  • Featured Thread: Password Breach

  • (Twenty-one messages in this thread)

    Gary finds that on some of his organization's PDCs and BDCs, users logging on locally can access shared folders on PDC and BDC servers if three conditions exist. First, the users aren't domain users and have no privileges on any of the servers. Second, they log on by using "workgroup" or the domain name as their workgroup name. Finally, they use a password of "password" (all lowercase). Any user can connect to the BDC and PDC shared directories without permission. Has anyone solved this problem?
    http://www.secadministrator.com/forums/thread.cfm?thread_id=105380

  • HOWTO MAILING LIST

  • http://www.secadministrator.com/listserv/page_listserv.asp?s=howto

  • Featured Thread: NT Profiles and Password Policy

  • (One message in this thread)

    Mark has set his password policy on the domain so that after five bad password attempts, the account is locked out. His domain uses roaming profiles. However, if a user's Windows NT 4.0 workstation isn't in the domain, the user can attempt any number of password attempts for a specific domain user without locking the account. How can he lock out the domain account on nondomain systems? Can you help? Read the responses or lend a hand at the following URL:
    http://63.88.172.96/listserv/page_listserv.asp?a2=ind0205d&l=howto&p=548

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