Category: Windows

March’s Patch Tuesday

March’s Patch Tuesday

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Today is patch Tuesday for March 2010, and Microsoft has released two security bulletins for this round of updates, neither of which are deemed critical. The second bulletin addresses seven different vulnerabilities across various versions of Microsoft Office Excel.

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Using Group Policy to Disable JavaScript in Adobe PDF Files

We have previously posted instructions for users to disable JavaScript, giving them the option to enable it only when necessary. However, if you have made the decision to make this change across your enterprise or to a specific user base, this manual process is not practical. Therefore, a Group Policy Object is best to handle the task at hand.

Regular or Decaf? Tool launched to combat COFEE

Regular or Decaf? Tool launched to combat COFEE

About a month ago, there was much news about the release of COFEE into the torrent wild. I even gave my two cents about the much hyped forensics toolkit which is provided to law enforcement for the purposes of easily capturing volatile data from personal computers during evidence collection. A tool to counter COFEE, aptly […]

Six Bulletins in Last Patch Tuesday of 2009

Six Bulletins in Last Patch Tuesday of 2009

Today marks the last Microsoft patch Tuesday of 2009, and Microsoft has released patches to six bulletins: MS09-071 – Vulnerabilities in Internet Authentication Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (974318) MS09-074 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Project Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967183) MS09-072 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (976325) MS09-069 – Vulnerability […]

Remote SMB Exploit: Crashing Windows 7 and Server 2008

Remote SMB Exploit: Crashing Windows 7 and Server 2008

Python code was posted today by Laurent Gaffie on his blog, demonstrating a much too easy way to remotely crash a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 machine. The crash is caused by sending a NetBIOS header which specifies that the SMB packet is 4 bytes smaller or larger than it actually is. In this code sample below, you can see that the header has the length of the packet set to 9a rather than 9e (4 bytes smaller).

Server 2008 R2: Active Directory Functional Levels

Windows Server 2008 R2 was released in August, and it introduced new functional levels for Active Directory. This article takes a look back at the different functional levels of the past and what is new in the latest release of the server operating system for Active Directory (yes, a recycle bin for AD objects!). Functional […]