Welcome to the Network Security website at the IAS

This website is intended to bring you the latest news, how to's, tools and resources in Information Security.  Security Awareness of our Faculty, Members and Staff is key in creating a safer computing environment.

The three major Principles of Information Security, Availability, Integrity and Confidentiality, will be covered throughout the security awareness program at the Institute.  For a description of these principles, please see our About section.

In keeping with the spirit of the Institute, I encourage questions and open discussions about security.  And if you discover anything out of the ordinary, please feel free to bring it to my attention so that we can work together to create a more productive, safer environment.

Thanks,
Brian Epstein <security@ias.edu>
twitter: @epepepep


Thunderbird 3.0.1 Security Update Now Available

http://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/thunderbird30.html

3.0.1 fixes three MFSA's.

* MFSA 2009-65: (Critical) Crashes with evidence of memory
corruption (rv:1.9.1.6/ 1.9.0.16)

* MFSA 2009-66: (Critical) Memory safety fixes in liboggplay media library

* MFSA 2009-67: (Critical) Integer overflow, crash in libtheora video
library

It is recommended that Thunderbird 3 users update to this latest version.

Thanks,
Brian

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Information Disclosure

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/980088.mspx

Thanks to Chris for the tip.

Microsoft is reporting a new vulnerability in IE that could lead to
information disclosure of files with known filenames to a remote attacker.

"[If] a user is using a version of Internet Explorer that is not running
in Protected Mode an attacker may be able to access files with an
already known filename and location."

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Information Disclosure

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/980088.mspx

Thanks to Chris for the tip.

Microsoft is reporting a new vulnerability in IE that could lead to
information disclosure of files with known filenames to a remote attacker.

"[If] a user is using a version of Internet Explorer that is not running
in Protected Mode an attacker may be able to access files with an
already known filename and location."

Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Information Disclosure

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/980088.mspx

Thanks to Chris for the tip.

Microsoft is reporting a new vulnerability in IE that could lead to
information disclosure of files with known filenames to a remote attacker.

"[If] a user is using a version of Internet Explorer that is not running
in Protected Mode an attacker may be able to access files with an
already known filename and location."

lighttpd Slow Request Handling Remote Denial Of Service Vulnerability

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/38036/info

Exploits have been released for this issue. Slow input of the URL
request could lead to DoS from a remote host.

Patches have been released. It is recommended that lighttpd users
upgrade to the latest available code.

Thanks,
Brian

lighttpd Slow Request Handling Remote Denial Of Service Vulnerability

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/38036/info

Exploits have been released for this issue. Slow input of the URL
request could lead to DoS from a remote host.

Patches have been released. It is recommended that lighttpd users
upgrade to the latest available code.

Thanks,
Brian

What should I do about illegal activity in an email?

Sometimes you might receive a fraudulent email asking you for personal information that could be used for illegal activities.  A lot of people just delete the email and move on.  But, what if you want to notify someone?  What if the scam is very convincing and you want someone to look into it?

Here are some tips on what to do in this situation.

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