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Interesting thing about ICF and SP2
From: Erik Pace Birkholz (erikSPECIALOPSSECURITY.COM)
Date: Thu Oct 14 2004 - 14:03:31 CDT
I wrote a script back in 2002 for Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) called
toggleICF.vbs. The purpose of the script was to turn ICF on and off via
command line. It saved time (fighting through the GUI) when using port
scanners and other security tools. FYI, the script is still available from
www.SpecialOpsSecurity.com under the Resources, Scripts section.
The only bummer was WMI prompted the user via Win32 popup and asked for
permission before it would activate/deactivate. This made it less useful for
scripting purposes, but more secure. Here is a reference from a MSDN page
about the ICF disable method and it clearly states (in the remarks) that the
user makes the final disabling decision.
Here is the new problem I just found today after finally installing SP2 on
my XP system. I noticed that if you run the toggleICF.vbs script, it no
longer prompts the user via that annoying popup. Albeit annoying, that
little popup did buy some mitigation against the bad guys trying to turn off
ICF with a script.
Microsoft's new ICF activation/deactivation "process" change has introduced
a new attack vector for malicious scripts. If my script can be used to turn
ICF on and off for "good" without requiring user-intervention, then it can
certainly be done for "evil".
Erik Pace Birkholz, CISSP
Special Ops Security, Inc.
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