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Re: It's not that simple... [Was: Re: [Full-disclosure] Disney Down?]
From: Nick FitzGerald (nickvirus-l.demon.co.uk)
Date: Thu Aug 18 2005 - 18:00:32 CDT
fdew.nsci.us to Ron DuFresne:
> > Perhaps it does realte considering the above and considering that the unix
> > world learned many of the evils of RCP services over ten years ago that
> > seem to hit the M$ realm every few months, repeatedly...
> We used to call them rsploits when it was common in unix. Friends and I
> had a good chuckle when MS started repeating history, having rsploits of
> its own. I would love to deny all port 445 with layer-3 switches but this
> would be like blocking portmap and expecting NFS to still mount.
> What have we learned from the past that we can apply to our MS networks,
> since they have become a (un)necessary evil? How neutered does an MS
> workstation become if the RPC port is completely blocked from the outside?
> Perhaps "mostly harmless" ?
> What would it take to write an RPC filter to only accept RPCs which we
> actually care about? In addition, why is PnP even an RPC accessible from
> the outside (no, upnp is not a good reason)!? Most importantly, we need
> to eliminate the entire RPC attack vector in the future for Microsoft
> systems -- this is not the first MS rsploit and we will certainly see
Why don't folk -- well, sys-admins anyway -- actually take the time to
bother to learn what their systems do and how they work???
OK, MS does not make this astoundingly easy in many cases, but there
are some very good (amongst some very, very poor) "hardening guides"
out there written by folk who do know what they are talking about AND
that explain why you should use, or at least might consider, each
option, and why some options are only suitable in certain scenarioes.
Of course, when it comes to OSes like XP Home, the security stance has
always been "everything that has worked before must keep working" so,
rather than learning from their long history of mistakes and fixing
things, MS compounded those mistakes by rolling them all together in a
nice shiny new box with an even bigger marketing budget...
SP2 shows that, in fact, after too many, too embarrassing, too big to
hide from the media virus and worm outbreaks due largely to the fact
that it had been taking this entirely irresponsible approach to
security (especially for those of its customers who needed the most
help with such things), even the 800lb Gorilla known as Microsoft _can_
change. We won't debate how much and whether it's enough, though I
doubt few here would disagree that "there's a fair way to go yet"
pretty much covers it...
Instead of making an everything on, working out of the box, approach
even MS may be working its way to the "only enable it if it's needed
for basic functionality" approach.
Of course, when MS gets to that position, there will then be hell to
pay when the installation scripts for most third-party apps, drivers,
etc start undoing all MS' good work and do the "set everything on
because we know our cr*ppy product works if it is set that way".
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