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[ISN] Security UPDATE -- Add VMware Player to Your Security Toolkit -- October 26, 2005
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1. In Focus: Add VMware Player to Your Security Toolkit
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- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Improves Security
- Multiple Vulnerabilities in Oracle Products
- Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in Snort and Sourcefire
- Secure Your Wireless Network
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==== 1. In Focus: Add VMware Player to Your Security Toolkit
by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
VMware is a tool that lets you run various OSs as virtual machines
(VMs) on a single computer. The Windows IT Pro Web site has many
articles about VMware, which you can find listed at
I've been testing VMware Workstation lately, and last week I woke up to
a pleasant surprise. While doing a little early morning blog surfing, I
came across a blog I hadn't read before called Wubble. As it turns out,
the blog author, Philip Langdale, works at VMware.
In a blog entry, "VMs for Everyone!" (at the first URL below), I
learned that during the VMworld 2005 conference in Las Vegas (Oct. 18-
20), VMware released a new standalone tool, VMware Player (at the
second URL below). If you've used VMware Workstation, the VMware
servers, or VMware ACE (Assured Computing Environment), then you know
how incredibly useful VMware is. The new Player (which will also ship
with the upcoming VMware Workstation 5.5) is equally useful for two
particular reasons. First, it lets you run existing VMs created by
other VMware tools and supports VMs created with Microsoft Virtual
Server as well as Symantec LiveState Recovery snapshots. Second, it's
As with many free tools, VMware Player has some limitations. For
example, you can't create new VMs and you can't add new hardware to a
VM. You can learn about other limitations in VMware's comparison chart.
Even with some limitations, VMware Player is a great offering. As you
might suspect, you can use it to run Windows, Linux, Novell NetWare,
Sun Microsystems Solaris, and FreeBSD as guest OSs. Another nice thing
is that if you don't have a VM to run in VMware Player or don't want to
create one, you can download one from VMware's Web site. Available are
VMs for Novell Linux Desktop, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, plus several other VMs provided by various
application vendors. VMware also provides a VM based on Ubuntu Linux
that's configured as a Browser Appliance and designed to let you surf
the Internet while protecting your underlying OS from malware.
If you've run a honeypot or a honeymonkey or had to test various
software and tools, you probably know (or can imagine) how using a VM
can be of great benefit. For example, you can build your honeypot on
any supported OS and run it inside a VM. Then if the honeypot is
compromised, it's not a problem--just shut down the VM and restart it
again, and any changes made by an intruder are gone. The same goes for
running a honeymonkey or testing spyware and other forms of malware.
Plus, you can run Linux-based security tools on a Windows desktop by
loading them into a Linux-based VM. With VMware Player, you can extend
your use to other systems quickly and easily--and that's what makes
VMware Player a great addition for your security toolkit. Check it out.
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==== 2. Security News and Features ====
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Exchange Server 2003 SP2 Improves Security
Microsoft released Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which
includes a number of new features, including some security
enhancements. Learn about the new features in a news story on our Web
site (at the first URL below), in Paul Robichaux's article "Exchange
Server 2003 SP2 Ships" (at the second URL below), and in Tony Redmond's
article "Exploring Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2" (at the third URL
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Oracle Products
Multiple high-risk vulnerabilities exist in Oracle9i Database
Server, Oracle Database Server 10g, and many other Oracle products.
They consist of one buffer overflow condition and numerous possible SQL
injection attacks, many of which could be exploited by an intruder to
gain complete control of the products. Oracle released a Critical Patch
Update (at the URL below) to correct many (but not all) of the
Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in Snort and Sourcefire
Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force discovered a buffer overflow
vulnerability in Snort, which according to ISS also affects
Sourcefire--the commercial version of Snort. The vulnerability exists
in the Back Orifice preprocessor; systems that don't use Back Orifice
aren't affected. Snort 2.4.3 was released to correct the problem. For
more details about the problem in Snort, read the announcement on the
Snort.org Web site (first URL below) and ISS's advisory at the second
URL below. At the time of this writing, no information was available
about updates to Sourcefire.
Secure Your Wireless Network
Along with the benefits of wireless networks comes a need to keep
them secure. John Howie gives you a look at some practical steps you
can take to secure your wireless networks, methods to automate
configuration-setting deployment, and tools you can use to probe for
unsecured and unauthorized wireless networks.
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Security Matters Blog: New Linksys Wireless Adapter Puts a Wi-Fi
Scanner in Your Pocket
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=179A0:4FB69
The new Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with Wi-Fi Finder is a
really slick and innovative product. It has a built-in wireless scanner
to detect available networks, and it works as a standalone unit so you
can detect 802.11b/g networks before you power up your laptop. Having
one of these is sort of like having NetStumbler in a device the size of
a pack of gum! Check it out in this blog entry.
by John Savill, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=1799E:4FB69
Q: How can I redirect Microsoft Outlook profiles during cross-
Administrator group mailbox migrations?
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Security Forum Featured Thread: Automate Setting ACLs on Folders
A forum participant wants to know how to configure a Linksys router,
which is connected to a Zyxel DSL modem, so that it will work with a
proxy server to filter unwanted sites. The writer has built a similar
configuration before, but now an application keeps presenting a
connection error. Join the discussion at:
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Secure IM for Mobile Users
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