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

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Microsoft Windows VistaSIRT Roundtable DiscussionJanuary 12, 2007

Harvard Townsend

Interim University IT Security Officer


College Court 114

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  • 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

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  • 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)

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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