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1. In Focus: User Account Control in Windows Vista

2. Security News and Features

- Recent Security Vulnerabilities

- ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 2 Now Available

- IE 7.0 Beta 2 Preview Available for Public Review

- Researchers Already Scouring IE 7.0 for Holes

3. Security Toolkit

- Security Matters Blog

- FAQ

- Share Your Security Tips

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- Soft Token, Strong Authentication

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==== 1. In Focus: User Account Control in Windows Vista ====

by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Microsoft recently released the document "Applying the Principle of Least Privilege to User Accounts on Windows XP" (at the URL below), which aims to help you implement least-privileged user accounts (LUAs) in your Windows XP environment. The LUA terminology has been in use for quite a while now. Even so, Microsoft apparently wanted a clearer phrase for the concept. Initially, LUA was renamed User Account Protection (UAP), and most recently, the company landed on User Account Control (UAC), which will be the terminology used from here on out.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/luawinxp.mspx

When Windows Vista makes its debut, native UAC will be built into the OS, so you won't have to jump through countless hoops trying to limit use of administrative privileges on your network. Vista will expose new UAC policies that let you better control user accounts.

When using Vista, you'll either be considered a standard user or an administrator with privileges and rights appropriate to those two general types of accounts. For example, there will be 14 different types of administrative consent that cover the usual tasks a person might need to perform.

In general, Vista will operate a bit more like Linux systems when it comes to administrative access. You'll operate on the desktop with least privileges, and your account will have a policy assigned to handle any need for elevation of privileges. Standard users will either be prompted for credentials (username and password) or denied elevated access outright, depending on the policy settings. Administrative accounts will have both those possibilities, plus a Prompt for Consent option. In the latter case, administrators would simply click Yes or No to elevated privileges instead of having to enter their credentials.

Application installation will be an issue for some users, depending on their particular network. Vista will let you control whether elevation takes place when required by an application. Microsoft said that in an enterprise network, such elevation probably won't be required when installation is delegated to Group Policy Software Install (GPSI) or Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).

Another policy will govern applications that require elevation of privileges. You'll be able to deny elevation if the applications don't have a valid digital signature. To help with legacy applications that don't adhere to Vista's new architecture, you'll also be able to redirect registry and file writing activity to safe areas on the system. In other words, applications that typically write to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE registry subkey or the Program Files, Windows, or Windows\System32 directories will still be able to run, but any write I/O will be written to virtualized locations instead of those actual locations. So the applications will run correctly, but sensitive storage areas won't be overly exposed.

UAC will be a welcome change in Windows that will surely bring greater security. There will of course be the usual learning curve, so the sooner you get started understanding the ins and out, the better off you'll be when you begin to use the OS. You can catch glimpses of developing UAC functionality by reading Microsoft's UACBlog (at the URL below) on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).

http://blogs.msdn.com/uac/default.aspx

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==== 2. Security News and Features ====

Recent Security Vulnerabilities

If you subscribe to this newsletter, you also receive Security Alerts, which inform you about recently discovered security vulnerabilities. You can also find information about these discoveries at

http://www.windowsitpro.com/departments/departmentid/752/752.html

ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 2 Now Available

Microsoft released ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 2 (SP2). The new service pack brings new features, including enhanced caching, HTTP compression, and traffic prioritization.

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/49273

IE 7.0 Beta 2 Preview Available for Public Review

Microsoft released a public beta of the long-awaited Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0. The new browser includes numerous security features that will help make Web surfing much safer than it was with previous versions of IE.

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/49253

Researchers Already Scouring IE 7.0 for Holes

As soon as Microsoft released IE 7.0 Beta 2 Preview, researchers went to work looking for security holes, and Tom Ferris found one.

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/49275

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==== 3. Security Toolkit ====

Security Matters Blog: SANS 2005 Information Security Salary Survey

by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://www.windowsitpro.com/securitymatters

SANS published its 2005 Information Security Salary & Career Advancement Survey. The results indicate that security administrators earn an average of $75,275 per year in the United States with an annual raise of 2.9 percent. Read more about the survey in this blog article.

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/49250

FAQ

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Q: What are the versions of Windows Vista?

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