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1. Commentary
- New and Improved MBSA Belongs in Your Security Toolkit

2. Reader Challenge
- July 2005 Reader Challenge Winners
- August 2005 Challenge

3. News & Views
- Mozilla Goes Corporate to Build Market Share

4. Resources
- Tip: Disable the "Did you notice the Information Bar" Dialog Box
- Featured Blog: Here Comes the Fuzz

5. New and Improved
- Monitor and Identify Desktops in Real Time
- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

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==== 1. Commentary: New and Improved MBSA Belongs in Your Security Toolkit ====
by David Chernicoff, david@windowsitpro.com

IT pros and ordinary computer users face basic security concerns every day. For the small business IT pro, protecting the systems they support is a major part of the job and can be quite time consuming. That's why tools such as the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) can be an integral part of the IT security toolkit.

When I first recommended the MBSA tool, I received a lot of responses from readers who found it clumsy to use, inaccurate in its reporting (because of problems with the way it handled Microsoft Office application configurations), and useful only if the user was able to read between the lines (i.e., fully understand the security concerns and the way that MBSA reports on them.)

Last month, Microsoft released MBSA 2.0 ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsa2/default.mspx ), which addresses all the common complaints about the first-generation tool. MBSA 2.0 is much easier to use and has a better Help system than the first version did. It also provides better explanations of problems (or potential problems) that it finds and is more aware of the operating environment (e.g., workgroup or domain) of the computers you're testing.

To scan all or some of the computers in your network, you simply give the tool the IP address range of your target computers (ensure that you have local administrator rights on all the target computers) and let it run. MBSA produces a report for each specified computer, detailing any problems found and providing the status for each of the items it checks. For security checks that aren't appropriate for the target computers (e.g., checking domain-related items in a workgroup environment), the tool simply reports that it didn't perform the check.

MBSA checks the security status of Office 2003, Office XP, and Office 2000 and any version of the 32-bit Windows OS later than Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3). The tool checks for security updates rated moderate, important, or critical and reports not only whether security updates are needed, but will confirm that no security updates are missing.

For users in larger environments, Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Connector for MBSA 2.0. This tool lets MBSA users generate a color-coded report as a Visio 2003 network diagram that provides an at-a-glance view of the status of their network computers. The process isn't totally automated: The user must create the initial network diagram in Visio, either manually or by using a network auto-discovery tool that reports data back to Visio. After you create the diagram, Visio Connector for MBSA creates a smart-tag that lets you launch MBSA from the diagram. Then you can drill down from the diagram directly into MBSA reports. You can read more about the tool and download it at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsavisio.mspx .

Users who want to automate the operation of MBSA can use a command-line version that's installed when the GUI version is installed. By using the command-line tool, users can automate the scanning process, either through batch files or more complex scripting tools. If you've been steering clear of MBSA because of its earlier shortcomings, it might be time to reevaluate this handy tool.

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==== 2. Reader Challenge ====
by Kathy Ivens, challenge@windowsitpro.com

July 2005 Reader Challenge Winners
Congratulations to Laura Watts of California, who wins a copy of "Windows Server Hacks," and to Jeff Albert of British Columbia, Canada, who wins a copy of "Windows Server Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000." Both of these terrific books are from O'Reilly Publishing, and both winners presented correct and amusing answers.

August 2005 Reader Challenge
Solve this month's Windows Client challenge, and you might win a prize! Email your solution (don't use an attachment) to challenge@windowsitpro.com by August 17, 2005. You must include your full name, and street mailing address (without that information, we can't send you a prize if you win, so your answer is eliminated, even if it's correct).
I choose winners at random from the pool of correct entries. I'm a sucker for humor and originality, and a cleverly written correct answer gets an extra chance. Because I receive so many entries each month, I can't reply to respondents, and I never respond to a request for a receipt. Look for the solutions to this month's problem at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=47234 on August 18, 2005.

The Challenge:
I was visiting a friend who administers the Help desk crew at a large company. One of the support technicians came into his office with a problem. The technician had created a bootable 3.5" disk for Windows XP computers running NTFS so that he could fix computers that wouldn't boot. The disk didn't work this day, and he couldn't figure out why. My friend asked him a question, and the technician had the right answer (and subsequently repaired the computer that was crashing). Do you know the answer to this question: Under what circumstances does a boot disk not work?

==== 3. News & Views ====
by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@windowsitpro.com

Mozilla Goes Corporate to Build Market Share
In an unexpected move, the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation announced this week that it's creating a for-profit subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation, to more rapidly increase market share for its core product, the Firefox Web browser. Although the Mozilla Corporation will seek to make a profit, that won't be its primary goal, Mozilla representatives say. Instead, the new company will help the Mozilla Foundation promote the use of open Web standards. Read the entire story at the following URL:
http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/articleid/47219/47219.html

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==== 4. Resources ====

Tip: Disable the "Did you notice the Information Bar" Dialog Box
(contributed by David Chernicoff, david@windowsitpro.com)


Since Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), users of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) have had protection for what Microsoft terms "potentially dangerous content." Every time such content appears, a notification displays at the top of the IE window, accompanied by a "Did you notice the Information Bar" dialog box. To stop this dialog box from appearing (which doesn't turn off the protection), perform these steps:
1. Open the registry editor.
2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\InformationBar registry subkey.
3. Open (or create) the REG_Dword FirstTime entry.
4. Set the value of FirstTime to 0 to prevent the "Did you notice" dialog box.
5. Set the value to 1 to reenable the notification.

Featured Blog: Here Comes the Fuzz

Read about two new security tools in Mark Edwards' latest post to the Security Matters blog.


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