Re: IE Malware / Spyware Control Methods
From: Chris Krough (ckrough_at_vet.upenn.edu)
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 15:06:56 -0500
Following the concept of least privilege is very effective at preventing
spyware installation. We've reduced the access level of most of our
users to 'Domain User'. For users who require frequent administrative
access we provide them with a secondary, preferably local only,
administrative account. For users with occasional administrative needs
we either upgrade their account temporarily or just perform the
installation/changes ourselves. This practice has almost completely
eliminated spyware problems from our network.
Depending on your users needs there is a good chance that lowering
default account privileges will increase the load on your support staff.
Installations and low-level configuration changes will require attention
from someone with administrative privileges but the time saved over
handling spyware/virus incidents is greater.
Have you upgraded your clients to XP SP2?
Illuminatus Master wrote:
> Hello List,
> I'm sure you all realize the growing threat of malware and spyware to
> Internet Explorer. It has been my experience that the initial
> infection and/or removel of an infection by anti-spyware products can
> permanently damage a windows workstation. This damage occurs in many
> forms and often leads too the workstation being reformatted and
> rebuilt before going back into service.
> A recent example is earlier this week, in spite of content filtering,
> a workstation was infected with "wintools", "mysearchtoolbar" etc. The
> tough part of this is that such malware has multiple instances/threads
> and renames system files like msconfig to resist removal. Often
> IE/Windows is so damaged it's more time effiecient to just replace the
> box and rebuild the infected one.
> My question is this, I'm batting around the idea of using Group Policy
> in our Active Directory to try and choke IE down to the point where
> such Malware has trouble installing itself. Has anyone here ever tried
> such as this with any degree of success?
> Other than Group Policy I'm also considering deploying an alternate
> web browser that isnt subject to malware infection but doing so
> complicates my patching/reporting routine for our security audits.
> I look forward to your comments and idea's.