Re: [fw-wiz] Securing email by inhibiting urls



----- Marcus Ranum <mjr@xxxxxxxxx> a écrit :
Chris wrote:

Until I can disable a users ability to click a url in an email that appears
to come from a trusted source, I'm fighting constant infection. We
regularly spot infections (read WE, not our security systems), that are
resident in our network and have been there days/weeks/months. We currently
have at least one that we are watching to see what it is trying to do before
shutting it down....



Stupid users, too much connectivity, good security - you can have
any two.

I'm guessing that when you say "trusted source" what you mean
is "apparently trustworthy source" - not that you actually have a
list somewhere of trusted sources. If you had a list of trusted
sources then you could put in a firewall that did URL filtering
then have 2 group policies: "users who click on bad URLs"
and "users who are careful what they click on" Only allow
"users who click on bad URLs" to go to the trusted destinations
and deny everything else.

But it sounds like you've got an impossible problem: you're
being asked to solve end-user trust with technology and still
maintain a fairly open network. That's not going to happen,
though surely you can thrash painfully about playing network
whac-a-mole.

There might be a way *evil grin*
1- convert ALL incoming email to text/plain format (all those HTML formated emails from outside are bullshit: SPAM, commercials from vendors, invitations to shiny conferences, etc.)
2- substitute ALL URL with 'that link was removed for security reason [*]', with [*] stating: 'if access to that link is needed, please contact the sender of the message'

If that email was the vessel of an attack, the sender is fake. So no point trying to contact it.
If the sender is contacted, and resent the URL, the same filtering wil apply (it's evil, isn't it :) )

If you don't want the filtering to be as evil as described, you can amend the note like this: 'if access to that link is needed, please contact the sender of the message and'
Option 1: 'request him to send you that link address through another channel'
Option 2: 'request him to send you that link address embedded in a text file attachement'

The other way is to teach your users to NOT CLICK LINKS IN EMAIL, EVER.

Good luck!
JDG





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