Blog Posts Tagged with "SysAdmin"

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Getting System the Lazy Way

October 31, 2012 Added by:f8lerror

We know all that many users are local administrators. We also know we can send or drop binaries to these users and they will run whatever we want them to. The problem lies in when they run the binary if they don’t run it as admin we may not be able to get system level access. To be honest that is the level I want...

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Admin Rights - Your Achilles Heel

October 31, 2012 Added by:Paul Kenyon

Every organization experiences user frustrations and complications that result in support calls to the help desk. While each call may seem to suggest a unique problem, there could be a common root cause amongst them. Help desk calls often seem to be black and white – the machine works and now it doesn’t...

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Top Ten Ways to Prevent Data Breaches

October 11, 2012 Added by:Paul Kenyon

Users with admin rights are loose cannons -- you just don’t know when or where they are going to strike, and the results can be devastating to the company’s security infrastructure. Once a problem occurs, it often unravels into a downward spiral taking your business - and reputation - down with it...

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Network Security: Presence, Persistence, and Pivoting

August 08, 2012 Added by:Rob Fuller

Explaining what goes through an attackers head when they get a shell is virtually impossible, even more so to generalize into a methodology, but I’ve tried to do that with the "Three P’s of Post Exploitation” - they are in a certain order for a reason, but certainly up to circumstance to what order is best...

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ICS-CERT: Windows XP Support End of Life

July 18, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

ICSCERT has identified three technology deployment areas to evaluate when considering the upcoming EOL of XP SP3 across ICS environments. Applications installed on Windows XP SP3 operating system builds on standard IT equipment, including engineering workstations, HMI servers, historian systems, etc...

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Evidence of Compromise: Metasploit's PSEXEC

July 15, 2012 Added by:Rob Fuller

I was messing with the Windows service binaries in Metasploit and I noticed something. For the PSEXEC module, the service name (actually just the display name, 'service name' is random) always started with an uppercase 'M'. Curious to why that was I looked and found Line 246 of the PSEXEC module to be the culprit...

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Vulnerability Scans too Disruptive to Conduct Regularly

July 12, 2012 Added by:Headlines

“Evidently, active vulnerability scanning can cause huge management headaches due to its disruptive nature and information overload, so scanners tend to be used primarily for ‘spot checks’ that aren’t effective at minimizing risks. Critical vulnerabilities have to be identified, prioritized, and remediated daily..."

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How to Add a Local Administrator with the Arduino Leonardo

July 08, 2012 Added by:f8lerror

Security researchers have been using the Teensy for HID attacks. Which really is the way to go if that’s all you want to do. However, if you are like me you want to do other things as well you need something bigger. Enter the Arduino Leonardo board which supports emulating a Human Interface Device out of the box...

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Sticky Keys and Utilman Against Network-Level-Authentication

July 02, 2012 Added by:Rob Fuller

If you can get physical or SYSTEM/Admin access and enable + reach RDP, you can very easily gain a level of persistence without the need of a pesky password. However, this doesn't work so well with the advent of NLA or Network-Level-Authentication. StickyKeys don't work so well if you have to authenticate first...

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Keeping Technology Staff Honest

June 05, 2012 Added by:Jayson Wylie

Technology staff, on occasion, have had an all-access pass to all data on Window’s networks. This creates an environment where the support staff has exposure in having access to sensitive and confidential stuff stored in the most private parts of the organization’s data stores...

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The Network Intrusion Low Down

May 29, 2012 Added by:Jayson Wylie

Intrusion systems need a lot of care and attention. There are various abilities that help with administration, but if you have someone on staff whose skills and roles are as network administrator types, who like to be detectives and also have great attention to detail, then put them on the IPS...

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Cloud Patch Management: Consistency and Automation

May 23, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

If you've chosen wisely, you environments across your public and private clouds are consistent. The big question is - how do we keep our environments consistent in the face of security requirements to push patches? The answers rely very heavily on automation and policy...

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The CERT Guide to Insider Threats

May 07, 2012 Added by:Ben Rothke

While there are many books on important security topics such as firewalls, encryption, identity management and more, The CERT Guide to Insider Threats is the one of the first to formally tackle the devastating problem of trusted insiders who misappropriate data...

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Why Do You Need Privileged Identity Management?

April 30, 2012 Added by:DHANANJAY ROKDE

Most access provided is typically role-based. However, many forget to consider factors like data classification and ownership. Network, system and database managers get access to what they are responsible for, but there are five questions that need to be asked...

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On Network Segmentation Faults

April 10, 2012 Added by:Jack Daniel

Why should you segment? Network and systems management can be enhanced by segmentation and isolation, as can performance- patch and systems management servers, departmental servers, printers and more can be placed in the most advantageous segment of the network...

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Security Depends on IT Maturity

March 18, 2012 Added by:Robb Reck

Signs of an organization’s security fitness in metrics like patch levels, web application vulnerabilities, and firewall configurations. But in order to see the real state of our security programs, we need to include measures that capture the state of IT governance overall...

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