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Security UPDATE--Windows 2000 Support; IE; Spyware Study--February 2, 2005


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1. In Focus: Windows 2000 Support; IE; Spyware Study

2. Security News and Features

- Recent Security Vulnerabilities

- MCI to Acquire NetSec

- SonicWALL Extends Managed Security Services Partner Program

- Microsoft to Require Legitimate Windows for Downloads

- IronPort C30

3. Security Matters Blog

- New Updates for Ethereal and Snort

- Need Help Automating Configuration of Routers and Firewalls?

4. Security Toolkit


- Security Forum Featured Thread

5. New and Improved

- Speedier Authentication


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==== 1. In Focus: Windows 2000 Support; IE; Spyware Study ====

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

As you know, Microsoft's blanket support for Windows NT Server has ended. The company will cease to provide online support of the product on January 1, 2007. However, Microsoft has released updates that apply to Windows NT components. For example, the company included an update for Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows NT systems in its monthly security update release for January. You can read more about Windows NT support at the following URL:

Microsoft recently announced that it will end standard support, including nonsecurity hotfixes, for Windows 2000 Server on June 30. Paid mainstream support will be available beginning on that date, paid extended support can be obtained until June 30, 2010. Security hotfixes will continue to be available, free for everybody, until March 31, 2007.

The company also recently said that it will release no new version of IE until the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, becomes available. Longhorn is currently scheduled for some time in 2006, but there are no guarantees that it will in fact be released then. Those of you who want an enhanced version of IE with better security, similar to the one in Windows XP SP2, will have to use third-party browser enhancements to bolster IE's functionality.

As you know, Microsoft recently released a beta version of an antispyware solution that's based on the technology of GIANT Company Software, which Microsoft recently purchased. You can download a copy at the Microsoft Security at Home Web site.

My December 2, 2004 commentary, "A Flurry of Enterprise Spyware Solutions," provides a comprehensive list of the available and upcoming enterprise antispyware solutions.

Just before I wrote that article, I found a useful study of various antispyware packages, but I failed to bookmark the site and lost track of it for a while. I recently came across the site again, and I think you'll find it very interesting. The site, Spyware Warrior, has a blog, forums, lists of products to avoid that contain spyware, and the study, by Eric L. Howes, that offers lots of valuable information about how various antispyware solutions perform.

Howes says that the GIANT/Microsoft solution is among the best at detecting and removing various forms of spyware--good news for people who want to use a Microsoft solution. Howes' report explains his methodology and contains loads of data and test results gathered during various phases of testing in October 2004. Among his findings are that no one antispyware solution removes all forms of spyware, that even the best performers miss a quarter of spyware-related files and registry entries, and that prevention is preferable to removal.


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

Recent Security Vulnerabilities

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MCI to Acquire NetSec

MCI will acquire NetSec for approximately $105 million in cash. A joint press release says that MCI will combine its network intelligence with NetSec's managed security services and premise-based intelligence to create an expanded suite of offerings targeted at businesses and governments.

SonicWALL Extends Managed Security Services Partner Program

SonicWALL announced changes to its Managed Security Services Partner (MSSP) program that will give resellers a boost in establishing and building their managed services infrastructures.

Microsoft to Require Legitimate Windows for Downloads

by Paul Thurrott

Microsoft announced a roadmap for moving to a future in which Windows users must prove that their OSs aren't pirated before they can download any software from or Windows Update. The plan, dubbed Windows Genuine Advantage, is being phased in over time, although Microsoft will continue to let even pirated Windows versions download critical security patches through Automatic Updates.

IronPort C30

By David Chenicoff

IronPort Systems' IronPort C30 is a midrange email-security appliance for small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs). The appliance supports spam detection, virus protection, and content filtering, but what sets it apart are two advanced features: IronPort Reputation Filters and IronPort Virus Outbreak Filters.


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==== 3. Security Matters Blog ====

by Mark Joseph Edwards,

Check out these recent entries in the Security Matters blog:

New Updates for Ethereal and Snort

Two popular open-source security tools, Ethereal and Snort, were recently updated. The latest version of Ethereal is 0.10.9, and the latest version of Snort is 2.3.0 . If you use these tools, be sure to check out the latest versions, which undoubtedly contain bug fixes and improvements.

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==== 4. Security Toolkit ====


by John Savill,

Q: Does Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) have an updated Sysprep tool?

Find the answer at

Security Forum Featured Thread: Modifying Directory ACLs

A reader writes that he accidentally modified the ACL of a directory on his disk and now he can't change it back. He said he has full access to the parent object and doesn't know why this isn't enough authority to change the ACL again. Have the answer? Join the discussion at


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==== 5. New and Improved ====

by Renee Munshi, [email protected]

Speedier Authentication

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