Vol. 12, #38 - Oct 1, 2007 - Issue #644
Russian Cyber Crime Is Writing Malware Just For You
- Editor's Corner
- Russian Cyber Crime Is Writing Malware Just For You
- Vote For Ninja
- Webcast: What's New in CounterSpy Enterprise V3.0
- Quotes of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Tech Briefing
- FBI Investigates Unisys Over US Government Hack
- Euro Think Tank Recommends Unbundling Windows From PCs
- Tip: New T-SQL Features In SQL Server 2005
- Multi-Core Processors On The Desktop Offer Major Boost
- How To Index Standalone Printers In Active Directory
- Bundling Storage And Server Virtualization Services
- Top Five Systems Channel Tips Of 2007
- Windows Server News
- Major Day of Windows Releases From Microsoft
- A Look At Microsoft's Virtualization Technologies
- First Update for Windows Home Server Released
- Seagate: Vista OS Requires 250GB To 1TB Of Storage
- Novell's Linux Business Climbs Since Its Deal With Redmond
- WServer Third Party News
- Get SNSI Before The Price Goes Up
- Double-Take Software Solutions Program Partner Citrix Systems
- Microsoft Quietly Lets Vista Users Revert to XP
- WServerNews Fave Links
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: A Beginner's Guide
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& attachment filtering on your Exchange 2000, 03, and 07 server.
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Russian Cyber Crime Is Writing Malware Just For You
Gartner Group estimates that 75% of enterprises will be infected this
year with targeted malware that evades their traditional defenses.
You might be in that section of the market that is specifically
targeted by Internet criminals, industrial espionage, or terrorists.
I'm talking about Fortune 1000 Companies, Banks, Defense industry,
Telecom or Utilities.
While more than 80% of enterprises have some form of URL filtering in
place, less than 15% have any form of deep inspection on payloads,
resulting in a Web security gap. You have a special problem to defend
against; tailor-made trojans that were developed to penetrate only
The issue is that normal AV products do not find those signatures, since
the malware was made to penetrate only your defenses. Your problem
becomes quickly: "HOW do I find out if a file is malicious?" Sunbelt
has a solution for this: The CWSandbox. It allows you to rapidly and
easily analyze the behavior of suspected viruses, trojans and other
malware in a controlled environment. You can license this Sandbox
to run in an isolated test network on your own site. If you are in
one of these critical, potentially at risk sections of the market,
you need to check out the CWSandbox. Find out why the world's largest
web portals, telecoms and military organizations count on CWSandbox
for proactive intelligence on targeted cyberattacks:
Vote For Ninja
We would love your help with the Info Security Product Excellence Awards
this year. Ninja has been entered into the Email Security category for
Info Security Products Guide, 2008 Global Product Excellence Awards.
Could you please take a minute, click on the link below and vote?
All you have to do is follow these simple instructions at the voting booth:
Voting is open through October 8, 2007, so do it right away if you can.
Thanks very much for helping out.
- Select 'Sunbelt Software' as the vendor.
- Select 'Ninja Email Security v2.1' as the product.
- Select 'Email Security Solution' as the category.
- Select 'Global' as the region.
- Then provide your information and click on the 'Cast Your Vote' button.
Webcast: What's New in CounterSpy Enterprise V3.0
Join Sunbelt Software for an overview of the new features in CounterSpy
Enterprise version 3.0. This new version continues to provide robust
protection against complex malware threats for corporate environments
while delivering several new features, including new management dashboards,
reporting improvements, and console usability enhancements.
The web demo will be hosted by Alex Eckelberry, President and Greg Kras,
VP of Product Management for Sunbelt Software on Wednesday, October 3rd
at 2:00pm EDT.
Learn about the new features of this robust enterprise antimalware
When: Wednesday, October 3, 2007 2:00 PM (EDT)
- New configurable management dashboards that allow administrators to
easily create a customized "malware command center" that gives instant
access to their most used reports and policy controls.
- Reporting improvements that make it easier to schedule and customize
the library of reports, and includes a new report scheduler and custom
- Console usability enhancements that offer easier-to-understand alerts
and customizable views
To register for this event please visit:
Hurry, space is limited!
Quotes of the Week
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing." -- Albert Einstein
"I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is
always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And
chipped a tooth." --Janeane Garofalo
And thank you for being a WServerNews subscriber.
FBI Investigates Unisys Over US Government Hack
The FBI is investigating Unisys over allegations the company failed to
detect cyber attacks on US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
computer systems. The investigation was prompted by a letter from the
House Committee on Homeland Security, citing the "high and unacceptable"
number of "cyber security incidents" experienced by DHS computer systems
in fiscal years 2005 and 2006. The committee alleges that the intrusion
protection devices placed on DHS systems by Unisys were improperly
installed. Unisys refutes the allegations of improperly installed
systems and maintains it reported cyber security incidents. More at:
Euro Think Tank Recommends Unbundling Windows From PCs
A pro-business think tank in Europe has recommended unbundling Microsoft
Corp.'s Windows operating system from new PCs in order to give customers
more choice when buying new computers. Story at ComputerWorld:
And here is Microsoft's answer to that idea:
Tip: New T-SQL Features In SQL Server 2005
Have you experienced the new T-SQL features in SQL Server 2005? In this
tip, SQL Server database administrator Eric Johnson outlines four of
its hottest development features: error handling, ROW_NUMBER function,
DDL triggers and CLR. (registration required)
Multi-Core Processors On The Desktop Offer Major Boost
Better performance for several applications running side by side is just
one advantage of multiple-core processors on desktop PCs.
How To Index Standalone Printers In Active Directory
Occasionally users will need to send a job to a network printer they
don't normally print to. Here's how Windows administrators can use
Active Directory to create a print queue for a standalone printer.
Bundling Storage And Server Virtualization Services
Virtualization, a method for using software and hardware to make
many separate storage devices appear as a single virtual device,
is increasing in popularity across the enterprise for the purposes
of server consolidation, as well as server flexibility and agility.
This virtualization boom is making many integrators change their
product mixes and strategies for addressing customer problems,
partly because of the varying goals of companies even considering
Top Five Systems Channel Tips Of 2007
These five SearchSystemsChannel.com tips have been the most popular of
the year so far. Systems channel professionals revisit these tips, or
read them for the first time, to learn more about best practices for
installing Windows Vista, virtualization technology licensing, ITIL
basics and more.
||Windows Server News
Major Day of Windows Releases From Microsoft
Well, as expected it happened this week. Microsoft released several major
updates for its Windows lineup yesterday, including the first release
candidate (RC) for Windows Server 2008 and the initial public beta for
Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. For some inexplicable reason they
called it RC0 instead of RC1, but oh well. It was all over the press,
but ENTmag had a good summary. Read more:
A Look At Microsoft's Virtualization Technologies
If you're not familiar with Viridian, it's helpful to understand where
Microsoft's virtualization solutions stand today. Windows Guru Paul
Thurrott explains it like this: "Currently, Microsoft offers a free server
product called Virtual Server (and an accompanying free desktop product,
Virtual PC) that provide traditional (i.e. user mode) virtualization
environments. Virtual Server could very well be the pinnacle of this
type of technology, at least from Microsoft, given that it will be
obsolete as soon as the more performant, maintainable, and efficient WSV
arrives next year. For those looking ahead to this future, Virtual Server's
Virtual Hard Drive- (VHD-) based virtual machines will work fine--if not
quite a bit better-if and when you later upgrade to Windows 2008 with WSV."
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows has the whole article:
First Update for Windows Home Server Released
Windows Home Server (WHS), Microsoft's first-ever server for home use,
gets its first update today. WHS is designed to be an entry-level server
for home users with multiple computers. It provides a central repository
for documents, photos and other data, with centralized backup and
management. It's made to be simple to set up and operate.
WHS, first announced to the world last January, was released to
manufacturing on July 16. There was no official "launch" of the product;
since WHS is available through system builders, it's up to the OEMs to
determine when WHS servers will be commercially available. Read more:
Seagate: Vista OS Requires 250GB To 1TB Of Storage
Yes, you read that right... up to ONE TERABYTE. When I saw this item,
I thought you would need to know about that, as this has repercussions
for disk space on both the end-user and servers. Seagate sees an increasing
demand for storage driven primarily by two trends: the increased storage
demands of Windows Vista and the advent of the digital pack rat, who
stores ever-increasing amounts of songs, pictures and videos. And then
think about the BACKUP of all that. Some company is going to make a
lot of 1TB drives, and Seagate wants to be in the middle of it. More:
Novell's Linux Business Climbs Since Its Deal With Redmond
Novell's Linux business has soared 243% since last November, when the
company signed its controversial deal with Microsoft, a company
executive told a panel. "The affect on sales year over year, for Novell's
first three quarters of our fiscal year, which ends Oct. 31 -- our Linux
business was up 243%," said Justin Steinman, director of marketing at
Novell, who, along with executives from both companies, spoke at a
program hosted by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.
And, that growth doesn't seem to be short-lived. More at ComputerWorld:
||WServer Third Party News
Get SNSI Before The Price Goes Up
The new SNSI V2.0 is around the corner, but it's also going from around
1,800 to 2,495! If you buy SNSI now, you will get V2.0 grandfathered in.
SNSI uses the latest Mitre Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)
list of computer incidents. It also contains the latest SANS/FBI Top 20
vulnerability list. SNSI also uses the latest CERT, CIAC Microsoft
and FedCIRC (Department of Homeland Security) advisories.
New vulnerability updates for this release include:
W3195 Windows Services for UNIX Subsystem Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
W3188 Microsoft Agent Could Allow Remote Code Execution
W3187 Office SharePoint 2007 / SharePoint 3.0 At Risk - W2K3
W3186 Oracle JInitiator ActiveX Control Vulnerability
W2818 iTunes album art handling - XP, W2K3, Vista
S490 SPECFS strfreectty function system panic - Solaris 8 - 10
S491 N1 Grid Engine 6.1 Resource Quota - Solaris 8 - 10
S492 Libresolv / DHCP patches stall in.dhcpd Solaris 9
S493 Kadmind RPCSEC_GSS Vulnerabilities - Solaris 8 - 10
S332 Kerberos RPCSEC_GSS Software Vulnerable - Solaris 8-10
M82 iTunes album artwork handling - Mac OS X
W3196 Visual Basic 6.0 Project VBP_Open file handling - W2K, XP
S0427 Shutdown problems in Cluster 3.1/3.2 - Solaris 10
M0125 QuickTime .qtl file handling
M0078 Firefox QuickTime media link file handling - Mac OS X
L0079 Opera torrent - truncation & URL spoofing
L0101 Perl-Net-DNS stack consumption & spoofing errors - SuSE
L0102 iSCSI protocol socket uid and logging errors - SuSE
L0103 PFStools RGBE readRadiance error - SuSE
L0104 VIM feedkeys and writefile error - SuSE
L0105 Tar and Star "slash slash dot dot" traversal - SuSE
L0106 NFSv4 ID uid translation error - SuSE
L0107 Qgit dataloader doStart error - FC
L0108 Samba winbind nss_info error - FC
L0113 OpenOffice TIFF tag processing error - RHE
H0179 Logins incorrectly reports password status -
W3194 Windows Services for UNIX 3.0 and 3.5 Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
W3193 Crystal Reports for Visual Studio Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Sunbelt Network Security Inspector version 184.108.40.206 was released
September 24, 2007. Sunbelt Software recommends you download the new
SNSI version 220.127.116.11, scan, and patch your machines today. To get
the latest SNSI version, visit:
Double-Take Software Solutions Program Partner Citrix Systems
Double-Take Software and Citrix Systems have initiated a joint marketing
and solution partnership. Citrix, a leader in application delivery &
performance, and Double-Take Software have created two unique solutions
involving the WANScaler and Presentation Server products from Citrix
along with the Double-Take application. WANScaler is a WAN optimization
solution that increases the speed at which Double-Take can process
replication and Presentation Server provides seamless "last-mile" access
to a secondary location in the event of a disaster and a Double-Take
Microsoft Quietly Lets Vista Users Revert to XP
Hate Vista? If your PC is running Microsoft Windows Vista Business or
Windows Ultimate and you're fed up with the OS you may be able to ditch
Vista for XP Pro. Microsoft is quietly allowing you to downgrade to
Windows XP Pro. Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo are just a few of the
system manufacturers offering downgrades. Each of these PC makers offer
an XP Pro recovery disc to those who request one that can be used to
revert a Vista machine to XP Pro. Dell, HP, and Lenovo customers can
request a Windows XP Pro recovery disc to be included with their purchase
of a Vista machine - should they want to revert in the future. Customers
who already have purchased a Vista-PC can request an XP Pro recovery CD
for between $15 to $20 by calling technical support. More at PCWorld:
||WServerNews Fave Links
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
- Alaska Grizzly Bear Notice. Read until the very last line:
- The Zillow site keeps weekly (!) track of your house value in the U.S.
I put mine in just for fun, with a high price, under the 'Make Me Move'
section. You can also see what the houses next to you are worth:
- Is your music collection getting a bit stale? Have you run out of places where
you can get fresh info about new artists, releases and concert dates? If so,
you're in luck. Here's 50 sites that keep you up to speed with the news:
- Free! Upload any format, image, documents, audio & video and convert it
to any other format without buying or installing anything on your PC.
- A funny ad from a Dutch insurance company about a jealous husband.
The tagline is loosely translated 'Oh, just call my Insurance"...
- Website about cops who write other cops tickets. Bizarre enough to be a fave:
- Ten of the most popular (and most globally misunderstood) hand gestures,
in all their glory. After reading this, the best idea when traveling
abroad is probably to keep both hands pinned to your sides.
- Top Gear pits an off road car against a skater dude going down a hill:
- Nokia adding WiMax support to products next year. Story at ComputerWorld:
- Cell not working? Perhaps it's because of THIS device! The Palm Phone
Jammer is a $166 mass-market consumer-sized cell phone jammer.
- The best of the talking cats and dogs videos. Listen carefully and
they are copying what their bosses say:
- Where vehicles are left to die. Here are some examples of vehicle cemeteries
around the world, areas on earth that have unwittingly become the home to
rusting, unused machines:
- Some rare color footage of the Aerocar, built in 1949 (!), driving on
the road and flying in the air. I want one!
- Geeky LED Faucet. The water turns red when its hot and blue when it's
cold. Very cool and not at all expensive:
- Need that server upgraded but are out of budget? Here's a 10% coupon
for Crucial Memory:
||WServerNews - Product of the Week
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: A Beginner's Guide
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this easy-to-follow resource. Using screenshots and step-by-step
instructions, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: A Beginner's Guide
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releases, manage recipients, and administer storage. You'll learn
how to integrate with Outlook, support mobile users, handle backup
and recovery, and implement security measures. The latest monitoring
and reporting tools, performance enhancement techniques, and regulatory
compliance procedures are also covered.