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Microsoft Windows Vista SIRT Roundtable Discussion January 12, 2007. Harvard Townsend Interim University IT Security Officer [email protected] 532-2985 College Court 114. Agenda. Vista versions – their features and availability Security features Trend Micro and Vista

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microsoft windows vista sirt roundtable discussion january 12 2007

Microsoft Windows VistaSIRT Roundtable DiscussionJanuary 12, 2007

Harvard Townsend

Interim University IT Security Officer

[email protected]


College Court 114

  • Vista versions – their features and availability
  • Security features
  • Trend Micro and Vista
  • SIRT recommendations for deployment
  • Microsoft seminar Feb. 6 in Union 212
  • Other issues
  • Q&A

Windows Vista


  • Starter – not available in US
  • Home Basic – limited functionality
  • Home Premium – minimum for K-State home use
  • Business – minimum for K-State computers
  • Ultimate – $$$ (business+multimedia tools)
  • Enterprise – not available retail; volume license customers with Software Assurance only)

Windows Vista

  • Developers – available now; could order Business version from SHI since November
  • Retail consumers (i.e., ship with new Dell, etc. computers) – January 30
  • Can pre-order from SHI now (and
  • Dell, Gateway, HP offer Vista “Express Upgrade” with new computer purchase (usually only a shipping fee added) until March 15
  • Union Computer Store doesn’t know pricing yet or when it will be available

Windows Vista

vista security
Vista Security
  • “SD3” – security by design, default, and deployment
  • Is more secure, but…
    • Vulnerabilities already identified (selling for $50K)
    • Still susceptible to social engineering, “stupid user” attacks (click-happy users)
  • Extent of damage can be limited with “User Account Control” (UAC)
    • Users don’t have admin control by default
    • Can perform common tasks w/o admin rights
    • Administrator Approval Mode prompts user before performing admin task like installing software
    • Many control settings (is good, but more complicated)
    • Some applications may break with UAC

Windows Vista

other vista security features
Other Vista Security Features
  • Windows Defender built in
    • Real-time spyware protection
    • Updates managed by WSUS or Windows Update
    • Prompts user if a program tries to modify a protected area of the Vista kernel (“PatchGuard” locks kernel)
    • SIRT will re-evaluate Spybot recommendation
  • Windows Firewall
    • Filters both inbound and outbound traffic
    • Different rulesets depending on type of network connection
  • Windows Security Center more user oriented and comprehensive

Windows Vista

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Other Vista Security Features
  • Malicious Software Removal Tool
    • cleans up malware missed by antivirus software
    • New version monthly via WSUS, Windows Update
    • Similar to Trend OfficeScan Damage Cleanup Services
  • Software Restriction Policies
    • Control environment in which applications can operate
    • Similar to Windows XP Pro
  • Internet Explorer 7 security features
  • Group Policies easier to work with, but voluminous

Windows Vista

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Other Vista Security Features
  • BitLocker
    • Encrypts entire Windows volume (but leaves system volume unencrypted)
    • Cannot boot Linux and look at Windows files
    • Prompts for PIN or uses USB token at boot-up
    • Can store encryption keys and protect integrity of boot code with TPM chip
    • Don’t lose your PIN or USB key!
    • Affects performance of the computer
    • Only in Ultimate and Enterprise versions

Windows Vista

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Other Vista Security Features
  • Encrypting File System (EFS)
    • Encrypt individual files and/or folders
    • Can store decryption key on smartcard
    • Can generate recovery key
    • If use with BitLocker, EFS keys protected (hacker can’t get password hash to try brute force cracking)
    • Can encrypt multiple drives and network shares
    • Available in Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise versions

Windows Vista

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Other Vista Security Features
  • Rights Management Services
    • Protect info in transit (e-mail, docs, web content)
    • Requires a server
    • Application has to be RMS-compatible
  • Device Control
    • Prevent users from installing certain devices, like USB flash drive or other removable storage
    • Can turn off AutoPlay or AutoRun

Windows Vista

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Vista Security
  • Windows Vista Security Guide:

  • VERY useful document – get it, study it
  • Chapters on:
    • Implementing the Security Baseline (Group Policy)
    • Protecting Against Malware (UAC, Defender, Firewall, Security Center, Malicious Software Removal Tool)
    • Protecting Sensitive Data (BitLocker, EFS, Rights Mgmt, Device Control)

Windows Vista

trend micro
Trend Micro
  • Still need AV software with Vista
  • No OfficeScan client for Vista yet
  • Current version = 7.3
  • Vista-compatible version = 8.0
  • Expected Q207 (April-June?)
  • Cannot run Windows without antivirus/security software

Windows Vista

sirt recommendations
SIRT Recommendations
  • Hold off on deployment until Trend Micro releases a compatible OfficeScan client
  • Use Business version or better for campus computers
  • Use Home Premium or better for personal computers brought to campus
  • Consider implementation plan carefully
  • Test all applications thoroughly
  • Don’t be in any hurry

Windows Vista

microsoft visit
Microsoft Visit
  • At K-State Feb. 6, Union 212
  • Two sessions:
    • 10-11:30 A.M. – general overview of Vista and IE7, general Q&A
    • 1:30-3:30 P.M. – technical details, licensing, security, in-depth Q&A
  • Will be announced in IT Tuesday and sirt-contacts mailing list

Windows Vista

other issues
Other Issues
  • License downgrade? Are probably some options, but unsure of details at this time
  • Can buy XP Pro for another year
  • License activation under Volume License Agreements

  • Samba broken with default Vista configuration
  • Other applications reported to have problems – test!
  • New user interface – will be challenging transition for some

Windows Vista


Windows Vista