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Vol. 11, #39 - Sep 25, 2006 - Issue #595
Some Laptops Face Airline Ban

  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Spyware, Bots, Rootkits Flooding Through IE Hole
    • Take A Minute And Vote For CSE And Ninja?
    • Now Toshiba Recalls Batteries
    • Quote Of The Week
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • Some Laptops Face Airline Ban
    • Microsoft Announces HD-DVD Drive for Xbox 360
    • Step-by-Step Guide: Hacking File Servers
    • Restoring A Database From Another SQL Server
    • IT Admins Get Help In Minding Remote Users
    • Microsoft Outlook Email Encryption Simplified
    • Defragmentation: Performance-sapping Bogeyman Or Best Practice?
  4. WINDOWS SERVER NEWS
    • Crimeware Sites Grow Tremendously
    • Mark Minasi: "Enable Vista Admin From Command Line"
  5. WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Public Counterspy V2.0 Beta Invitation
    • CounterSpy V2.0 Also Has Rootkit Protection
    • "Trend Scan-Mail To Ninja" 50% Competitive Upgrade Offer
  6. WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  7. WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • BOOK: Hands-On SQL Server 2005 Integration Services
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EDITORS CORNER

Spyware, Bots, Rootkits Flooding Through IE Hole

Sunbelt researchers discovered the latest zero-day flaw in IE, which is being used to dump a massive collection of bots, Trojan downloaders, spyware and rootkits on infected Windows machines. Been all over the news but eWEEK summarized it nicely:
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-VML

You need enterprise antispyware more than ever. I wanted to make you aware of a special promotion that we are running through the end of September. Through September 30, we can give you THREE years maintenance of CounterSpy Enterprise for the price of TWO. This helps you fight malware with WinIT Pro Readers' Choice Award-winning spyware protection available for three full years. This price includes all software upgrades, definition updates and Sunbelt's world-class technical support.
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-CounterSpy-Enterprise


Take A Minute And Vote For CSE And Ninja?

SC Magazine has their yearly vote in the categories Best Anti-Malware and Best Email Security Solution. Could you do me a biiig favor? Take a minute (this one is really fast) and vote for CounterSpy Enterprise and Ninja? Thanks a million in advance!

Best Anti-malware Solution, - CSE is 7-th from the top
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Vote_CSE

Best Email Security Solution - Ninja is 8-th from the bottom
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Vote_Ninja


Now Toshiba Recalls Batteries

After Dell and Apple, now Toshiba plans to recall 340,000 notebook computer batteries. At least some of the batteries were manufactured by Sony Corp, the report said. After the Dell and Apple recalls, Sony stated that those were the only affected ones, but this recall appears to be a different problem (or at least that's what they claim). Instead of go on fire, they stop recharging and/or run out of power. The culprits are in the Dynabook and Satellite laptops that Toshiba sold this year between March and May.

Quote Of The Week

"The path of least resistance is the path of the loser." -- H.G. Wells

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]


ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

If you are a registered Microsoft Partner, take advantage of their Action pack offer now. Cost is $499, but you get a bunch of code!
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Action_Pack

eWEEK has a list of "Must-Have" Tools. Conveniently all on one page:
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Must-Have

NirSoft has a bunch of very useful small utilities that you may need one time or another. A bunch of password retrieval tools especially:
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Nirsoft

Must-have FREE software. Web Employee Directory + Secure Self Service - rDirectory for Microsoft Active Directory.
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-NameScape


TECH BRIEFING

Some Laptops Face Airline Ban

Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air, and Qantas Airways of Australia have stopped passengers using their Dell and Apple laptops for fear of overheated laptop computer batteries. Forget catching up with email off-line or watching a movie on these airlines. U.S. airlines have not followed suit yet, that could potentially affect thousands of international travelers. If you fly first class you can use the power outlets, so here's finally your justification for a "slightly more expensive" air ticket!!

Microsoft Announces HD-DVD Drive for Xbox 360

Redmond announced in Tokyo that it will sell HD-DVD drives for the Xbox 360 in Japan on November 22nd. The date comes just a week after the Playstation 3's planned launch. The unit, which is attachable by USB, will retail for roughly $175. HD-DVD is Microsoft's new DVD format, which is in direct competition with Sony's Blu-ray format. The Playstation 3 comes installed with a Blu-ray drive, which is largely responsible for the console's high price and several launch delays. Microsoft also confirmed that it expects to sell 10 million units by year-end and will up its total game catalog to 110 from 69 over the same time. The company also announced that 60% of Xbox 360 owners are connected to Xbox Live, which continues to gain momentum.

Step-by-Step Guide: Hacking File Servers

File servers hold much of an enterprise's sensitive data and are certainly a prime target of malicious hackers. Security testing expert Kevin Beaver says you'd be surprised how easy it is to attack these servers -- from inside or outside the network. Kevin outlines some of these techniques in this step-by-step guide at SearchWindowsSecurity:
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Hacking-File-Servers


Restoring A Database From Another SQL Server

When moving a database from one server to another, you may be left with mismatched logins and database users. This tip examines the steps to go through when restoring a database from a different server at SearchSQLServer (free registration required):
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-SQL-Restore


IT Admins Get Help In Minding Remote Users

With the number of mobile users growing every year, new features are in demand to help desperate IT managers keep tabs on wireless devices. New features from Exchange Server 2003's SP2 provide some remote relief. SearchWinIT.com
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Remote-Users


Microsoft Outlook Email Encryption Simplified

Many Exchange Server administrators balk at implementing Microsoft Outlook email encryption, because it has to be supported by both the sending and receiving email clients. Learn about a Microsoft Outlook tool that works around this issue by compiling Microsoft Outlook email and attachments into a standard .ZIP file that is secured with AES 256-bit encryption.
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Encrypted-Outlook


Defragmentation: Performance-sapping Bogeyman Or Best Practice?

How big of a problem is fragmentation really? How beneficial is defragmentation? In this tip, expert Serdar Yegulalp explodes some myths and defies some conventional wisdom about defragmentation.
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Defragmentation


WINDOWS SERVER NEWS

Crimeware Sites Grow Tremendously

The number of Crimeware spreading sites have surged to record highs. Per the Anti-Phishing Working Group's "PROJECT: Crimeware" where they have been monitoring the increase of malicious software purpose-built for criminal enterprise for over a year (June 2005 - June 2006). A number of factors probably contribute to this development, e.g. the increased availability of exploit kits for sale on the Internet. These allow non-technical users to put exploit code on innocent web sites with the intention of running this on the computers of people visiting the sites, e.g. to steal log- in information. This current development is driven by financial gain. Check out the stats we created for you, and keep your users off these sites:
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Crimeware-Sites


Mark Minasi: "Enable Vista Admin From Command Line"

Mark Minasi sent me the following: "Hey Stu -- I may be missing something, but you can enable the Administrator in Vista with one line from an elevated command line. The command line rules!

net user administrator [email protected] /active:yes

I've just never understood the hullabaloo about the Admin account in Vista, inasmuch as it's basically unnecessary. I've been running builds 5472, 5536 and now RC1 and never had a need to enable it. User Account Control is an excellent idea for 98 percent of the Windows users; the problem is that the other two percent -- the techies who should be evangelizing it so they won't have to spend hours scouring spyware off the computers of friends and family members -- are so busy whining about its inconvenience that no one seems to know of its strengths."

Thanks Mark! Stu Sjouwerman

WINDOWS SERVER THIRD PARTY NEWS

Public Counterspy V2.0 Beta Invitation

It's a bit late, but here it is! The new CounterSpy V2.0 beta. Much faster, lots less CPU, lots less Memory, much better Active Protection and now also rootkit protection via the "FirstBoot" technology. Want to participate in this beta? Continue to read, but you gotta be fast! Only 2,000 people will be able to participate...

New & Improved Features in CounterSpy 2.0

CounterSpy 2.0 includes the following new features or improvements:
  • re-designed/re-coded scan & removal engine
  • new heuristics engine for improved detections
  • improved remove-on-boot capability
  • new scan-on-boot technology
  • more aggressive Active Protections based on kernel-level filter drivers
  • improved look for GUI
  • incremental definition updates
Supported Windows Versions

CounterSpy 2.0 beta is compatible with the following versions of Windows only:
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Windows XP Professional, Home, Tablet, or Media Center
  • The CounterSpy 2.0 Beta is NOT supported on the following platforms: Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT4, 2000 server, 2003 server, XP64-bit, Vista.
Beta Quality Software

Interested users should bear in mind that this is beta quality software. As such, users can expect to encounter bugs of all shapes and sizes, including some that could in rare cases cause catastrophic system crashes. Users are cautioned not to install or run beta quality software in a business "production" environment or in an environment where bugs and system crashes are flatly unacceptable.

How to Join the Limited Public Beta Program

If you are interested in participating in this limited public beta for CounterSpy 2.0, please do the following:
  1. Register at the Sunbelt Beta forums
    Visit the following web page and submit the required info to register at the Sunbelt Beta forums:
    http://www.wservernews.com/060925-CounterSpy-BETA
    Registration, which is free, gives you a username and password to access the beta forums. (If you are already registered at the Sunbelt beta forums, then skip to step 3 below.) When asked to specify a product, select "CounterSpy Consumer."
  2. Confirm Forum Registration
    After registering at the Sunbelt Beta forums, you will receive an email with instructions for confirming registration at the Sunbelt Beta forums. Follow those instructions.
  3. Apply to Join "CounterSpy 2.0 Limited Beta" Group
    After confirming your registration, click the "Usergroups" button along the top menu bar of the forum. Then from the "Join a Group" drop-down menu box that appears, select "CounterSpy 2.0 Limited Beta" (not "Closed Beta") and click "View Information." When the basic info page regarding the group comes up, click the "Join Group" button. This will trigger an email request to the forum administrators to grant you access to the hidden CounterSpy 2.0 discussion forums. Once the admins approve your request to join, you will receive an email confirming your membership in the group.
  4. Download & Install CounterSpy 2.0
    After your membership in the "CounterSpy 2.0 Limited Beta" has been granted, you should have access to nine new discussion groups for CounterSpy 2.0. In the "Downloads & Updates" forum you will find a discussion topic with a download link for the latest build of CounterSpy 2.0 (build 325). Please take a moment to read the documentation that is available in the "Downloads & Updates" forum, esp. the notes on installation and uninstallation.
The first 2000 users to respond to this announcement will be given access to the CSC 2.0 discussion forums, where a download link for CounterSpy 2.0 is located. Additionally, on general release of the "gold" version of CounterSpy 2.0, the most active and helpful participants in the CounterSpy 2.0 discussion forums (to be determined by Sunbelt's moderators) will receive a free 1 year license for CounterSpy as a "thank you" from Sunbelt.

All Support Questions & Issues will be handled in the CounterSpy Beta Forums If you encounter problems or have questions with CounterSpy 2.0 Beta, please post questions and reports to the Sunbelt's CounterSpy Beta forums, not to other forums on the Net. Sunbelt's QA team is monitoring the Sunbelt forums constantly and is prepared to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to receiving your feedback and advice on this next version of CounterSpy. Visit the following web page and submit the required info to register at the Sunbelt Beta forums:
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-CounterSpy-BETA


CounterSpy V2.0 Also Has Rootkit Protection

Apart from all the new features we have added, the dramatic increase in speed, and the enormous savings in resources (lots less memory), you will be happy to hear that the new Version 2.0 of CounterSpy has NEW technology to kill hard to remove spyware. This is done by scanning at boot time, even before a lot of Windows is loaded. We have called it the 'First Scan" technology, and it was designed to kill spyware that burrows deep into Windows, and to locate and remove all of the known rootkits in Sunbelt's extensive definitions". After the release of the consumer version, this technology will also be available in CounterSpy Enterprise.

"Trend Scan-Mail To Ninja" 50% Competitive Upgrade Offer

Sunbelt Software offers all existing Trend users a 50% Competitive Upgrade Discount so they can afford to move from their second- generation product to the latest third-gen (policy-based) messaging security platform for Microsoft Exchange: Ninja. Download the 30-day Ninja eval, see for yourself how good it works, and ask your Rep or Reseller for a Competitive Upgrade quote, be pleasantly surprised!
http://www.wservernews.com/060925-Ninja


WServerNews 'FAVE' LINKS

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.



WServerNews - PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

BOOK: Hands-On SQL Server 2005 Integration Services

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http://www.wservernews.com/060925-SQL-2005