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Symantec's New Internet Security Threat Report




Symantec's New Internet Security Threat Report
Symantec's New Internet Security Threat Report



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Symantec's New Internet Security Threat Report 

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - New Firefox Versions Released to Fix FTP Vulnerability
   - War Driving Goes Commercial
   - Microsoft Admits to Xbox Support Slip-Ups
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
   - Security Matters Blog: David LeBlanc Starts Blogging
   - FAQ: Accessing Drives After Renaming Servers
   - From the Forum: Vista's Security Features
   - From the Forum: Vote for Your Favorite Host IPS
   - Tell Us About the Products You Love!
   - Share Your Security Tips

PRODUCTS
   - Detect System Object and Registry Changes

RESOURCES AND EVENTS

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=== IN FOCUS: Symantec's New Internet Security Threat Report ==   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Security vendors often release reports based on their perspective of 
current and future Internet-related security threats. The reports are 
useful in learning what the vendor sees, which in turn can lead you to 
your own widened perspective on potential problems. 

Symantec recently released "Internet Security Threat Report, Trends for 
July-December 2006." While the report is based on historical data, it 
does lend some insight into the future. 

According to the report, the latest trend for intruders is to use 
medium-risk vulnerabilities as launch points to conduct future attacks. 
Symantec said that intruders are more frequently using combined 
vulnerabilities and that financial gain is often the motive. 

The company said it bases its findings on a network of more than 40,000 
sensors in more than 180 countries, more than 2 million decoy email 
accounts, and information collected from its BugTraq mailing list. 

Some interesting highlights from the report include the discovery that 
of all the attacks that affected Web browsers, approximately 77 percent 
were aimed at Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). Ninety-three percent of 
all attacks were aimed at home users.

Another interesting data point is that Symantec tracked over 5,200 
Denial of Service (DoS) attacks per day. That's a lot! Interestingly 
enough, the company said that figure dropped from last year when it 
tracked more than 6,100 DoS attacks per day. 

The company also documented more than 2,500 vulnerabilities; 66 percent 
of them were related to Web applications, and 79 percent were "easily 
exploitable."

Another interesting set of points are patch turnaround times for OSs. 
Symantec measured five vendors: Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Apple, HP, 
and Red Hat. Of those five companies, Symantec found that Microsoft had 
the fastest average turnaround time overall, Red Hat was second, HP was 
third, Apple was fourth, and Sun was fifth. 

The number of vulnerabilities measured for each vendor varied as did 
the response time, when comparing the second half of 2006 with the 
first half. For example, HP's average response time in the first half 
of 2006 was 53 days for the seven vulnerabilities the company 
disclosed. In the second half of 2006, HP's number of disclosed 
vulnerabilities increased to 98 and the company's average response time 
increased to 101 days.

Even though we'll most likely see fewer vulnerabilities in Vista than 
we do in previous Windows platforms, I expect Microsoft's average 
vulnerability response time will remain steady since it uses a monthly 
patch release schedule. 

Vista will no doubt affect the future reports of most any Windows-based 
security vendor--Symantec certainly included. The report predicts that 
third-party software developers could become the source of a 
significant percentage of attacks against the OS. 

That's just the tip of the iceberg of the information in Symantec's 
104-page report. Other information includes trends regarding specific 
types of attacks, what future trends might be, and a lot of detail 
about some of the topics I covered briefly here. If you're interested 
in reading the entire report, you can get a copy in PDF format at the 
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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
New Firefox Versions Released to Fix FTP Vulnerability
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Microsoft Admits to Xbox Support Slip-Ups
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=== GIVE AND TAKE =============================================
SECURITY MATTERS BLOG: David LeBlanc Starts Blogging
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FAQ: Accessing Drives After Renaming Servers
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=== PRODUCTS ================================================== by Renee Munshi, products@windowsitpro.com 

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