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1. In Focus: Phishing Prevention Guide
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- New Tools Help with JPEG GDI+ Updates
- McAfee Buys Foundstone; Symantec Buys @stake
- TruSecure, Betrusted, and Ubizen Merge
3. Security Matters Blog
- True to the Image: JPEG Exploits on the Loose
- Snort Rules to Detect JPEG GDI+ Exploits
4. Security Toolkit
- Security Forum Featured Thread
5. New and Improved
- Identity-Based Internal Firewall
- Secure Your Meetings
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==== 1. In Focus: Phishing Prevention Guide ====
by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
A phishing scam typically involves an impostor who pretends to be a legitimate entity and tries to coax customers of that entity into divulging their private financial information. The victims are both the legitimate entity, which might suffer a tarnished image as a result, and its duped customers, who might suffer significant financial loss or other problems related to identity theft.
I've written about phishing in the past and have mentioned the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which hosts a Web site ( http://www.antiphishing.org ) that contains various information related to phishing. At the site, you can find an archive that includes many, but probably not all, of the more prevalent phishing attacks--some of which are still underway.
The group also provides a couple of useful references that describe how to avoid phishing and what to do if you've been fooled into giving out your personal financial information. If you're interested in how the term "phishing" came to be used, you can read an interesting historical reference about that at http://www.antiphishing.org/word_phish.html .
Although the group's Web site is a good resource, one thing that it doesn't include is a detailed analysis of how phishing attacks are perpetrated. Some of the intricacies involved are readily apparent or can be surmised, but other tactics might not be so obvious. It's sometimes difficult to determine what lengths a given scammer might go to.
If you want a detailed examination of phishing, a new resource might help you. Next Generation Security (NGS) Software (a security software, consulting, and researching firm) recently released an extensive, 42-page white paper. "The Phishing Guide--Understanding and Preventing Phishing Attacks" includes information about how such scams are delivered to potential victims, what the attack vectors are, and how they work. The guide also includes details about how to counter such threats at the client, server, and enterprise levels. The guide looks at phishing from the perpetrator's perspective and the legitimate enterprise's perspective and includes advice for entities that want to defend themselves against becoming victims of such attacks. The guide is available in PDF format at http://www.ngssoftware.com/papers/NISR-WP-Phishing.pdf .
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==== 2. Security News and Features ====
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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New Tools Help with JPEG GDI+ Updates
Eric Brunsen and Tom Liston each released a new tool that can help you locate all copies of affected DLLs on your systems to determine which copies might need to be updated to defend against the recently discovered vulnerability described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 (Buffer Overrun in JPEG Processing (GDI+) Could Allow Code Execution--833987). http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/44003/44003.html
McAfee Buys Foundstone; Symantec Buys @stake
Two well-known companies, Foundstone and @stake, have been purchased by industry giants, further consolidating the security market space. McAfee announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Foundstone for $86 million in cash. The purchase parameters of Symantec's @stake acquisition weren't immediately made public.
TruSecure, Betrusted, and Ubizen Merge
In still more industry consolidation, TruSecure, Betrusted, and Ubizen announced a merger that will create a new company called Cybertrust. If the merger receives shareholder and regulatory approval, Cybertrust will combine the resources of TruSecure, Betrusted, and Ubizen, which is a majority-owned subsidiary of Betrusted.
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==== 3. Security Matters Blog ====
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://www.windowsitpro.com/securitymatters
Check out these recent entries in the Security Matters blog:
True to the Image: JPEG Exploits on the Loose
You've probably noticed that recently, within about 48 hours after Microsoft releases a new security patch, somebody releases working "proof of concept" code to exploit the vulnerability Microsoft has patched. Very soon thereafter, somebody twists the code to serve as an attack mechanism against the unsuspecting public. True to that scenario, at least two code examples that exploit the recently announced JPEG graphics device interface plus (GDI+) vulnerability have been released to various security mailing lists.
Snort Rules to Detect JPEG GDI+ Exploits
If you use Snort, you might want to make sure that your rules include detection of the JPEG graphics device interface plus (GDI+) vulnerability. If you don't have rules in place for such detection, then read this blog entry, which contains three new rules.
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FAQ: Should I run Windows XP Service Pack 2's (SP2's) Windows Firewall, a third-party firewall, or both?
by John Savill, http://www.windowsitpro.com/windowsnt20002003faq
A. Microsoft tells me that many Windows customers have asked this question. A Microsoft source has provided an answer, which you can read at http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/43846/43846.html .
Security Forum Featured Thread
A reader writes that he's running Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) with all the latest updates. He's installed smart-card readers and wants users to use them only for signing email, not for logon. But since he installed the readers, the logon screen reads "Insert card or press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to log on." He wants to know if he can remove the smart-card portion of the logon prompt? Join the discussion at
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