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1. In Focus: TCP/IP Changes in Windows Vista and Longhorn
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- Intel Invests in European Linux Solution Provider Collax
- Sophos to Sell ActiveState
- Three Products Achieve ICSA Labs Desktop Anti-Spyware Certification
3. Security Toolkit
- Security Matters Blog
- Share Your Security Tips
4. New and Improved
- Monitor Windows Event Logs for Compliance
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==== 1. In Focus: TCP/IP Changes in Windows Vista and Longhorn === by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
The upcoming Windows Vista and Longhorn server releases will both use a
redesigned TCP/IP stack. The new stack will bring several new features,
including routing compartments, a better host model, better support for
IP version 6 (IPv6), a new packet-filtering API, and some other changes
that don't necessarily affect security (you can read about these
changes at the URL at the end of this editorial).
The routing compartments feature is really interesting. It lets each
user logon session have its own routing table and will prevent Internet
traffic from being routed across a VPN into an intranet. The new host
model will help defend against attacks on multihomed systems. So for
example, a packet that reaches a network interface must have a
destination address that matches the interface's address or the packet
will be dropped.
The new packet-filtering API, now known as Windows Filtering Platform
(WFP), will help developers more easily filter or change packets before
they're processed further along in the OS. This means that tools such
as firewalls and antivirus and antispyware products can better control
which data enters the system. You can learn more about WFP at the
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 both support IPv6; however
functionality is somewhat limited because they don't support Internet
Key Exchange (IKE) and data encryption. The new TCP/IP stack will fix
this problem by introducing a fully functional IPv6 protocol layer,
which will be enabled by default.
However, using IPv6 won't be without problems. Microsoft said that an
IPv6-enabled system will first request an AAAA record (which is a
record for IPv6 addresses). If the query fails, the system will request
an A record (a record for IPv4). Some DNS servers won't answer the A
record request if the AAAA request fails. If you want to get a head
start on building IPv6 functionality, make sure your DNS server will
handle the AAAA, A sequence of requests.
Another issue with IPv6 is Network Address Translation (NAT), which
might also break connectivity. To get around that problem, Microsoft
uses Teredo (also known as Shipworm), which is a method of
encapsulating IPv6 inside IPv4 UDP packets. Microsoft first released
Teredo support in its Advanced Networking Pack for Windows XP in XP
Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later shipped Teredo as part of XP SP2 and
Windows 2003 SP1. Teredo will be a standard part of Windows Vista and
You can read more about the IPv6 enhancements at the first URL below
and learn more about other new features of the TCP/IP stack at the
second URL below.
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==== 2. Security News and Features ===
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Alerts, which inform you about recently discovered security
vulnerabilities. You can also find information about these
Intel Invests in European Linux Solution Provider Collax
Collax announced that Intel Capital has invested in the company,
bringing its total Series A funding to $8.4 million. Collax Business
Server's management interface offers simplified management functions
for security features including firewalls, proxies, VPNs, antivirus,
antispam, antiphishing, PKI, and Web content filtering.
Sophos to Sell ActiveState
Security solutions provider Sophos will sell its ActiveState unit to
Canadian venture capital firm Pender Financial Group for $2.25 million.
Pender Financial intends to acquire ActiveState through a newly
incorporated company, which will allow ActiveState to become
Three Products Achieve ICSA Labs Desktop Anti-Spyware Certification
Three products have earned ICSA Labs Desktop Anti-Spyware
Certification. ICSA Labs antispyware testing criteria determine whether
products can defend systems against spyware, keyloggers, password
stealers, dialers, rootkits, and adware. Find out which products earned
certification in this article on our Web site.
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