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Month Archives: September 2009

Can we secure cloud computing? Can we afford not to?

Monday, September 28, 2009

There have been many disruptive innovations in the history of modern computing, each of them in some way impacting how we create, interact with, deliver, and consume information. The platforms and mechanisms used to process, transport, and store our information likewise endure change, some in subtle ways and others profoundly.

Update on the SMB vulnerability situation

Friday, September 18, 2009

We’d like to give everyone an update on the situation surrounding the new Microsoft Server Message Block Version 2 (SMBv2) vulnerability affecting Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Easy way to disable SMBv2 First exploit for code execution released to small number of companies Mitigations that help prevent attacks Status of fixes Easy way to disable SMBv2

Announcing BlueHat v9: Through the Looking Glass

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Handle: C-Lizzle IRL: Celene Temkin Rank: Program Manager 2 & BlueHat Project Manager Likes: Culinary warfare, BlueHat hackers and responsible disclosure Dislikes: Acts of hubris, MySpace, orange mocha Frappaccinos! BlueHat v9 will take place from October 21 to 23 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Last year, we experimented with a day dedicated to attacks and a day dedicated to SDL security mitigations.

AutoPlay Windows 7 behavior backported

Friday, September 11, 2009

Back in April we talked about the Windows 7 improvements in AutoPlay that disables certain functionality which has been abused by malware (like Conficker). We also mentioned that these changes will be backported to down level platforms. On August 25th this functionality was made available for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, please visit the following KB article for more information and how to download the updates http://support.

September 2009 Security Bulletin Webcast Video and Customer Q and A

Friday, September 11, 2009

In the September 2009 security bulletin webcast, it was clear that customers had a lot of concerns about MS09-048 as almost half the questions we answered were on that topic. The questions and answers from the session are now posted here on the blog. As we mentioned in the webcast, The MS09-048 bulletin has been updated to call out Windows XP in the affected products list with a severity rating of low for the two Denial-of-Service vulnerabilities (the third, Remote Code Execution vulnerability, does not affect XP).

Monthly Security Bulletin Webcast Q&A - September 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hosts: Adrian Stone, Senior Security Program Manager Lead Jerry Bryant, Senior Security Program Manager Lead Website: TechNet/security Chat Topic: September 2009 Security Bulletin Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Q: For MS09-048 how do we mitigate this with Windows 2000 Server since Microsoft will not be producing a patch? Do we have any prescriptive guidance?