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From: Morris Sgt Derek P (derek.p.morrisusmc.mil)
Date: Tue May 13 2008 - 15:37:14 CDT
I'll second the DISA Gold Disk option for hardening systems, but like Paul
said, check EVERY OPTION before you do it. I guarantee (from personal
experience) that it will break your system if you just do it to the default
level. It is however an outstanding tool.
From: listbouncesecurityfocus.com [mailto:listbouncesecurityfocus.com] On
Behalf Of techlistscomcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 11:35
Subject: Re: XP Hardening
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> Can anyone direct me to some resources explaining hardening procedures
> for windows XP.
The US Defense Department puts their hardening guide online. They have an
automated tool called the Gold Disk that can scan your system and generate a
report of vulnerabilities it finds. The Gold Disk can also apply most of the
A strong warning however - applying the Gold Disk settings wholesale is
guaranteed to cause you problems.
It is far better to selectively choose the settings you want to apply - you
don't need to apply everything. On a default system, it'll find over 100
different settings that it recommends changing.
This is a download link for the latest Gold Disk ISO image -
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