Microsoft Updates: October 2006

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

The following updates will be available from Microsoft Update in the following few hours.  As usual, you should test them before deploying onto a production environment. Critical MS06-057: Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution – Windows MS06-058: Vulnerabilities in [...]

SMS 2003 R2 Scan Tool for Vulnerability Assessment

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve just completed a whitepaper on this feature pack that is included in SMS 2003 R2.  It is a pretty simple feature pack and I like the power it adds to an SMS network to do an otherwise nasty task, i.e. scanning the network for insecure configurations. In the late summer of 2006, [...]

Here Comes IE7

October 7, 2006 // 0 Comments

The final "release" version of Internet Explorer is going to be avale for download this month.  It will initially be available for downloads and will then be available via Automatic Updates. I really like IE7.  I’ve been using beta releases of it for several months.  There are [...]

Office 2007 Beta Ends

October 6, 2006 // 0 Comments

The Beta for Office 2007 is now over.  It is expected to RTM very soon with it probably hitting the shelves around the same time as Windows Vista.  What can you expect? The user interface is much different.  Menus are a thing of the past.  Instead you have a series of … panels?  Each [...]

Windows Vista RC2

October 6, 2006 // 0 Comments

The final public test version of Windows Vista has been released.  Release Candidate 2 is available for X86 and X64 clients on the Microsoft Connect site.  Vista is expected to RTM on schedule next month.  It will be available for general consumption in January. From talking to clients, reading [...]

Backing Up My Lab Network

October 5, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’ve just completed the backup setup for my lab network.  My lab network used to consist of a bunch of PC’s of various ages and processors.  I’d gone the traditional route of one physical machine per role.  So I had a domain controller, mail server, web server and a PC, 3 of [...]

October 2006: Mark Minasi Newsletter

October 5, 2006 // 0 Comments

Mark Minasi has just published his free newletter for October 2006.  In this months issue he talks about:   Window Vista WIC (Windows Integrity Controls). Kerberos Token Bloat: how your Token can fill up with SIDs and break Kerberos authentication. DNS testing with DCDIAG. This consise and easy [...]

The Next 3 Months

October 4, 2006 // 0 Comments

I’m booked until the new year with a contract for a major financial in Dublin city centre.  I’ll likely be working with at least one of the new feature packs in SMS 2003 R2 so I hope to document some of the lessons learned from that. I’ll be available for more work in January [...]
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