Re: Ten least secure programs

From: Meritt James (meritt_james_at_bah.com)
Date: 07/08/03

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    Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2003 12:13:45 -0400
    To: Tim Greer <chatmaster@charter.net>
    
    

    I would make no claims for omniscience, which is what that appeared to
    be. Your stated confidence appears to be more than I would claim.

    They don't have to be good, just lucky.

    Tim Greer wrote:
    >
    > You know, knowing you've not been compromised and you know what you're
    > doing, doesn't always equate to arrogance or being over confident. And no,
    > that's not to be construed as saying that "I'm the best" or any such thing.
    > I am just tired of seeing the "if someone wants in, they'll get in". That
    > is utter nonsense, I would never trust someone's qualifications that
    > believed that (barring (yes) zero day exploits you had no way of knowing
    > about--though it's rare you couldn't know in this field--and that you didn't
    > have it running, configured or use some other method to minimize or prevent
    > it from being a problem on your own system)..
    >
    > It's not all about how much will power a cracker has, after all, and few
    > have those sort of skills (very few, about the same odds as the lottery) and
    > they too, still have to find a way in, and depending on your platform, how
    > it's set up and so on. I don't tend to just install programs and services
    > and just think I'm okay as long as I keep up to date on patches. They
    > (crackers) can only use certain methods, and are using the same technology
    > as you can, you are also in control. Again, provided you know how and where
    > to check, use tools that will alert you of any files that have their sum's
    > changed, dates, etc. and monitor the system, you would know if you're been
    > compromised.
    > --
    > Regards,
    > Tim Greer chatmaster@charter.net
    > Server administration, security, programming, consulting.
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "Meritt James" <meritt_james@bah.com>
    > To: "Tim Greer" <chatmaster@charter.net>
    > Cc: "Erik !" <viking0069@hotmail.com>; <bugtraq@planetcobalt.net>;
    > <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
    > Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 8:56 AM
    > Subject: Re: Ten least secure programs
    >
    > > I would not express the copnfidence that you just did.
    > >
    > > Tim Greer wrote:
    > > >
    > > > No, it's never happened. This is definitely a possibility for many
    > > > instances, but if you know how and where to check, use tools to alert
    > you if
    > > > anything has changed, and have the experience, you'd know. Anyway,
    > that's
    > > > not the case, and it's not exactly a rare thing to not have been
    > > > compromised, as if it's inevitable. Provided you don't get hit with any
    > > > zero-day exploits that you couldn't have prevented by what you run,
    > filter
    > > > or how it's configured, or just don't use software/services that are
    > > > vulnerable to them--or you just aren't targeted, it's not really
    > > > unreasonable to hear.
    > > > --
    > > > Regards,
    > > > Tim Greer chatmaster@charter.net
    > > > Server administration, security, programming, consulting.
    > > >
    > > > ----- Original Message -----
    > > > From: "Meritt James" <meritt_james@bah.com>
    > > > To: "Erik !" <viking0069@hotmail.com>
    > > > Cc: <chatmaster@charter.net>; <bugtraq@planetcobalt.net>;
    > > > <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
    > > > Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 6:45 AM
    > > > Subject: Re: Ten least secure programs
    > > >
    > > > > Recommended modification: "Do not know ever been hacked." You very
    > well
    > > > > may have been but do not know that you have been. Only the inept get
    > > > > caught.
    > > > >
    > > > > Jim
    > > > >
    > > > > "Erik !" wrote:
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Tim,
    > > > > > 1. I'm glad you have never been hacked ... 8)
    > > > > >
    > > > > > 2. ever hear of:
    > > > > >
    > > > > > a. social engineering, and
    > > > > > b. zero-day exploits
    > > > > >
    > > > > > ?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > 3. *... I'll find a new line of work*
    > > > > >
    > > > > > WHEN that time comes, I hear barbers enjoy nice long relaxing
    > careers.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > erik
    > > > > >
    > > > > > ----Original Message Follows----
    > > > > > From: "Tim Greer" <chatmaster@charter.net>
    > > > > > To: "Erik !"
    > > > > >
    > > >
    > <viking0069@hotmail.com>,<bugtraq@planetcobalt.net>,<security-basics@securit
    > > > yfocus.com>
    > > > > > Subject: Re: Ten least secure programs
    > > > > > Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 14:44:01 -0700
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Please, I never bought the "if someone wants in, they will get in"
    > line.
    > > > :-)
    > > > > > There's not enough conditionals to that claim. There's not just
    > > > inevitably
    > > > > > a way in, no matter what and that a sys admin can't do anything
    > about
    > > > it, as
    > > > > > if that's "just the way it is". if you believe otherwise, I'll set
    > up a
    > > > > > system and you can manage to "just get in" and I'll find a new line
    > of
    > > > work.
    > > > > > --
    > > > > > Regards,
    > > > > > Tim Greer chatmaster@charter.net
    > > > > > Server administration, security, programming, consulting.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > ----- Original Message -----
    > > > > > From: "Erik !" <viking0069@hotmail.com>
    > > > > > To: <bugtraq@planetcobalt.net>; <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
    > > > > > Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 3:20 PM
    > > > > > Subject: Re: Ten least secure programs
    > > > > >
    > > > > > > Here's what the experts use (for starters - bigger cos. develop
    > their
    > > > own
    > > > > > > list, based upon their own internal consensus).
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > http://www.sans.org/top20/
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > this is broken out by windows and unix centric apps/services.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > It really pegs the most comman apps/services that sysadmins
    > overlook
    > > > and
    > > > > > > hence end up causing the most problems.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > A determined hacker could get into most any network, it gets back
    > to
    > > > the
    > > > > > old
    > > > > > > adage:
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > You are going to be hacked at some point, it's just a matter of
    > how
    > > > soon
    > > > > > you
    > > > > > > want that to happen.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Balance your LAN security against your business needs.
    > > > > > > Erik
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > ----Original Message Follows----
    > > > > > > From: Ansgar Wiechers <bugtraq@planetcobalt.net>
    > > > > > > To: security-basics@securityfocus.com
    > > > > > > Subject: Re: Ten least secure programs
    > > > > > > Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 10:52:23 +0200
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > I'm not sure if this discussion will be productive in any way,
    > since
    > > > you
    > > > > > > seem to concentrate too much on the software and ignore layer 8,
    > > > which
    > > > > > > is (IMHO) the major problem. But anyway, here you go:
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > On 2003-06-28 Chris Berry wrote:
    > > > > > > > I'm putting together a list of what seem to be the ten least
    > > > secure
    > > > > > > > computer items in use today with the idea of having a set of
    > > > things to
    > > > > > > > recommend AGAINST people using, probably to be posted on the
    > IT
    > > > room
    > > > > > > > door with a note like "NO, you cannot use the following!!".
    > Here
    > > > is
    > > > > > > > what I have so far, I'm looking for additions and comments.
    > The
    > > > list
    > > > > > > > is in order from with the worst offender being number one.
    > These
    > > > > > > > should be products whose inheirent design is flawed, not that
    > are
    > > > just
    > > > > > > > difficult to secure. I expect vigorous discussion. *putting
    > on
    > > > flame
    > > > > > > > retardent garments* Oh, and leave Operating systems out of
    > this
    > > > one.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > I'm not sure if this discussion will be productive in any way,
    > since
    > > > you
    > > > > > > seem to concentrate too much on the software and ignore layer 8,
    > > > which
    > > > > > > is (IMHO) the major problem. But anyway, here we go:
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > 1) Microsoft Outlook
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > I beg to differ on this one. Outlook is a groupware client and is
    > > > > > > therefore *designed* to be insecure. It's a behaviour I would
    > expect
    > > > > > > from a groupware client. Of course one should *not* use Outlook
    > as an
    > > > > > > internet mail client (at least not without taking further
    > > > precautions).
    > > > > > > Also I would like to mention that AFAIR all vulnerabilities in
    > > > Outlook
    > > > > > > are vulnerabilities of the Internet Explorer (which I suggest to
    > put
    > > > on
    > > > > > > this list instead).
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > > 2) Telnet
    > > > > > > > 3) Sendmail
    > > > > > > > 4) IIS Server
    > > > > > > > 5) Wireless networking
    > > > > > > > 6) PHP
    > > > > > > > 7) ?
    > > > > > > > 8) ?
    > > > > > > > 9) ?
    > > > > > > > 10) ?
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > You might want to add FTP in general and BIND (at least earlier
    > than
    > > > > > > version 9) here.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > Regards
    > > > > > > Ansgar Wiechers
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > >
    > > > >
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