Stories by Roger A. Grimes

Don't throw out ActiveX (or Java)

For years, many security consultants and well-meaning guidelines have recommended completely disabling ActiveX in Internet browsers (mainly Internet Explorer) to prevent a particular type of Web client-side attack. Running a browser without ActiveX e...

It's the applications, stupid

It's always written that the first Presidential candidate Clinton posted, "It's the economy, stupid!" as a banner marquee in his campaign office during his premiere run. This saying supposedly helped focus the staff, resulting in a surprise win for t...

Control user installs of software

I've written many times over the years, including as recently as last week, that letting users execute and install their own software will always allow viruses, worms, and Trojans to be successfully installed. Traditionally, I've recommended that use...

Internet security: What will work

In the first column of this year, I discussed computer security outlook and hopes for 2008. I forecast more of the same that we saw in 2007: more spam, more malware, more bad guys basically owning the Internet and our connected computers. I don't see...

Mu Security Analyzer

I first came across the Mu Security Analyzer when a co-worker on a multi-company government project raved about how the appliance found a zero-day vulnerability in an e-mail inspection device that was protecting a top secret government agency. It was...

Ask better password questions

I just love how many Web sites take my complex, hard-to-guess password and make it as easy to crack as guessing my favorite color or the city of my birth. It seems nearly every Web site comes with user-accessible, self-service, password reset questio...

Keep security advice current

Remember when computer security was simple? Advice was as easy as, "Don't boot with a floppy drive in your A: drive" and "Don't enable the macro to run." Boy, do I long for the days of yesteryear.

Go RBAC now

Good computer security is driven by role-based, least-privilege access control. Each user should be given only the access that is necessary to perform their job -- no, make that the specific task they are performing at a specific point in time.

DNS hacked again

Amit Klein recently released details on DNS server cache poisoning attacks that affect both BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain) and Windows DNS servers. It goes to show that every time you think a problem with a well-known protocol or service has be...

Protect against external threats

In a previous column, I revealed how the vast majority of computer security threats facing your environment live on the client side and require end-user involvement. Users have to be socially engineered to click an item on their desktop (an e-mail, a...

Protecting the end-user

The recent OS X-specific Mac Trojan ignited many hot conversations on various security mailing lists last week. Supposedly, the excitement regarding the Trojan is that it is the first time profit-seeking criminals have paid attention to the OS X plat...

Don't laugh at Estonia -- it could happen to you

In April of this year, Estonia suffered under a huge denial-of-service attack. Lest you think that Estonia is some little, underprepared country that doesn't follow basic computer security practices, you need to know that the same thing could happen ...

Stopping malware that mutates on demand

Server-side polymorphism is a challenging problem for anti-malware software vendors. Much of today's malware, such as the Storm worm, creates tens of thousands of variants each month, a development that has made many anti-virus software programs that...

Vulnerabilities inside and out

I've often said in my columns how client-side attacks should be most administrators' No. 1 exploit worry. It's less and less common for attackers to break in through the front door. If I want to steal from a company over the Internet, it's much harde...

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