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[ISN] Security UPDATE -- Windows 2000 Support; IE; Spyware Study -- February 2, 2005
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Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 00:16:17 CST
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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
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- Microsoft to Require Legitimate Windows for Downloads
- IronPort C30
3. Security Matters Blog
- New Updates for Ethereal and Snort
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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,
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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Alerts, which inform you about recently discovered security
vulnerabilities. You can also find information about these discoveries
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
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 Microsoft.com 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.
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
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==== 3. Security Matters Blog ====
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=85B:4FB69
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
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==== 4. Security Toolkit ====
by John Savill, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=858:4FB69
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