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Security Thoughts: Update for Windows Authentication Methods (KB3178465, MS16-101, CVE-2016-3237, CVE-2016-3300, Important)

Written on August 10, 2016 at 8:54 PM, by

Yesterday, during its August Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released security update KB3178465 for Windows Authentication Methods, among other security-related updates. This update addresses two vulnerabilities in Microsofts implementation of its authentication methods in Active Directory scenarios: CVE-2016-3237 and CVE-2016-3300.   About the vulnerabilities Microsoft Kerberos Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2016-3237) A security feature bypass vulnerability exists […]

Security Thoughts: Vulnerability in Group Policy could allow elevation of privilege(MS61-072, KB3163622, CVE-2016-3223)

Written on June 15, 2016 at 8:38 AM, by

Yesterday, Microsoft released update 3163622 as part of its June 2016 Patch Tuesday to address an important vulnerability that affects Group Policy on Windows 10.   About the vulnerability The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker launches a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack against the traffic passing between a domain controller and the target […]

Using the new Active Directory PowerShell Cmdlets on down-level and module-less systems

Written on December 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM, by

Last week, we discussed the new Active Directory Domain Services-related PowerShell Cmdlets in Windows Server 2012 R2. In the requirements I mentioned that you needed at least one system with the Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows 8.1 version of the Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell feature installed. However, as Aleksandar Nikolic (PowerShell MVP) […]

Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 3 (Security Best Practices)

Written on April 17, 2011 at 8:17 AM, by

Solid State Disks (SSDs) offer great performance enhancements, especially when you follow the guidelines in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. From an information security point of view, however, these devices are nightmare in terms of data confidentiality. Recent studies from the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) show securely wiping SSDs […]

Getting Your Active Directory ready for Windows 7, Part 3

Written on February 14, 2011 at 2:46 PM, by

Deploying Windows XP is as easy as sysprep’ing a sample installation, throw in an answer file in the mix with a Volume License Key (VLK) and rolling out the newly created image with your preferred distribution method. A volume Windows XP product key is easily attained by buying a 5 PC equivalent Volume License and […]

Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 2 (Tweaking the box)

Written on September 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM, by

As described in Part 1 of this series, Windows 7 has built-in optimizations for Solid State Disks (SSDs). To this purpose, Windows 7 will check random reads speeds of your disks, to determine whether the system is equipped with such a disk. These optimizations include disabling defragmentation on the SSD, and, when the disk is […]

Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 1 (To clone Windows or reinstall?)

Written on September 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM, by

I’ve seen a couple of people stuffing their Windows 7 laptops with Solid State Disks (SSDs). I upgraded my Windows 7 demo laptop with an Intel X25-M G2 SSD (80GB) and this much improved performance, especially for virtualization purposes. A traditional Hard Disk Drive’s internals are platters. A read/write head on a boom looms over […]

The importance of Server Core

Written on September 8, 2008 at 10:42 PM, by

Server Core is an important piece of technology advancement for Microsoft. Although people tend to look at MinWin, Singularity and Midori for future versions of Windows, it’s actually Server Core that will play an important role in Microsoft’s infrastructure products for the coming couple of years.

5 things you should know about Windows 7

Written on June 1, 2008 at 9:09 AM, by

All you need to know is… … What you already know. In our society information is the greatest good. Microsoft has decided not to release a lot of information on Windows 7 for a reason. It was one of the mistakes admitted with Windows Vista. Some features (like WinFS) got dropped totally, while other features […]