Seven Deadliest Microsoft Attacks

1st Edition

Authors: Rob Kraus Brian Barber Mike Borkin Naomi Alpern
Paperback ISBN: 9781597495516
eBook ISBN: 9781597495523
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 17th March 2010
Page Count: 192
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Description

Seven Deadliest Microsoft Attacks explores some of the deadliest attacks made against Microsoft software and networks and how these attacks can impact the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the most closely guarded company secrets.
The book consists of seven chapters that cover the following topics: (i) attacks against Windows passwords; (ii) escalation attacks; (iii) stored procedure attacks; (iv) mail service attacks; (v) client-side ActiveX and macro attacks; (vi) Web service attacks; and (vii) multi-tier attacks. Each chapter provides an overview of a single Microsoft software product, how it is used, and some of the core functionality behind the software. Additionally, each chapter explores the anatomy of attacks against the software; the dangers of an attack; and possible defenses to help prevent the attacks described in the scenarios.
This book will be a valuable resource for those responsible for oversight of network security for either small or large organizations. It will also benefit those interested in learning the details behind attacks against Microsoft infrastructure, products, and services; and how to defend against them. Network administrators and integrators will find value in learning how attacks can be executed, and transfer knowledge gained from this book into improving existing deployment and integration practices.

Key Features

  1. Windows Operating System-Password Attacks
  2. Active Directory-Escalation of Privilege
  3. SQL Server-Stored Procedure Attacks
  4. Exchange Server-Mail Service Attacks
  5. Office-Macros and ActiveX
  6. Internet Information Serives(IIS)-Web Serive Attacks
  7. SharePoint-Multi-tier Attacks

Readership

Information security professionals of all levels; Micosoft admins; recreational hackers

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Chapter 1 Windows Operating System – Password Attacks Windows Passwords Overview Security Accounts Manager System Key (SYSKEY) LAN Manager Hash NT Hash LSA Secrets Password and Lockout Policies How Windows Password Attacks Work Dangers with Windows Password Attacks Scenario 1: Obtaining Password Hashes Scenario 2: Pass the Hash Scenario 3: Timed Attacks to Circumvent Lockouts Scenario 4: LSA Secrets Future of Windows Password Attacks Defenses against Windows Password Attacks Defense-in-Depth Approach Microsoft and Third-Party Software Patching Logical Access Controls Logging Security Events Implementing Password and Lockout Policies Disable LM Hash Storage for Domain and Local Systems SYSKEY Considerations Summary Chapter 2 Active Directory – Escalation of Privilege Escalation of Privileges Attack Anatomy Dangers with Privilege Escalation Attacks Scenario 1: Escalation through Batch Scripts Scenario 2: Attacking Customer Confidence Scenario 3: Horizontal Escalation Future of Privilege Escalation Attacks Defenses against Escalation of Privilege Attacks First Defensive Layer: Stop the Enemy at the Gate Second Defensive Layer: Privileges Must Be Earned Third Defensive Layer: Set the Rules for the Playground Fourth Defensive Layer: You’ll Need That Secret Decoder Ring Summary Endnotes Chapter 3 SQL Server – Stored Procedure Attacks How Stored Procedure Attacks Work Initiating Access Accessing Stored Procedures Dangers Associated with a Stored Procedure Attack Understanding Stored Procedure Vulnerabilities Scenario 1: Adding a Local Administrator Scenario 2: Keeping

Details

No. of pages:
192
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Syngress 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Syngress
eBook ISBN:
9781597495523
Paperback ISBN:
9781597495516

About the Author

Rob Kraus

Rob Kraus (CISSP, C|EH, MCSE) is a Senior Security Consultant for Solutionary, Inc. Rob is responsible for organizing customer requirements, on-site project management and client support while ensuring quality and timeliness of Solutionary's products and services. Rob was previously a Remote Security Services Supervisor with Digital Defense, Inc. He performed offensive-based security assessments consisting of penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, social engineering, wireless and VoIP penetration testing, web application penetration tests and vulnerability research. As a supervisor, Rob was also responsible for leading and managing a team of penetration testers who performed assessment services for Digital Defense's customers. Rob's background also includes contracting as a security analyst for AT&T during the early stages of the AT&T U-verse service as well as provisioning, optimizing, and testing OC-192 fiber-optic networks while employed with Nortel Networks. Rob also speaks at information security conferences and universities in an effort to keep the information security community informed of current security trends and attack methodologies.

Affiliations and Expertise

CISSP, C|EH, MCSE; Senior Security Consultant for Solutionary, Inc.

Brian Barber

Brian Barber (Linux+, MCSE, MCSA, MCP+I, CNE, CNA-GW) works for the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) as a project manager and architect for CDIC's IT service management program. He first started using Linux at home with Red Hat 5.1 and since then he has been a staunch advocate of open source software, belonging to the Ottawa Canada Linux User Group (OCLUG) since 2001 and the Ottawa Python Authors Group. His primary areas of interest are operating systems, infrastructure design, multiplatform integration, directory services, and enterprise messaging. In the past he has held the positions of Principal Consultant with Sierra Systems Group Inc., Senior Technical Coordinator at the LGS Group Inc. (now a part of IBM Global Services) and Senior Technical Analyst at MetLife Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

(Linux+, MCSE, MCSA, MCP+I, MCNE, CNE, CNA-GW)

Mike Borkin

Mike Borkin (MCSE, GSEC Gold) is an internationally recognized author and speaker in the area of IT security where he focuses mostly on data protection strategies, Microsoft security, and security architecture/engineering best practices. In addition to contributing articles related to security to magazines and speaking engagements for groups such as SANS and The Open Group in both the US and Europe, Mike is also the Co-Author of Vista Security for Dummies.

Affiliations and Expertise

MCSE, GSEC Gold

Naomi Alpern

Naomi Alpern currently works for Microsoft as a consultant specializing in unified communications. She holds many Microsoft certifications, including an MCSE and MCT, as well as additional industry certifications such as Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator, Security+, Network+, and A+. Since the start of her technical career she has worked in many facets of the technology world, including IT administration, technical training, and most recently, full-time consulting.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, Unified Communications, Microsoft, USA, Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator, Security+, Network+, A+, MCSE, MCT

Reviews

"Seven Deadliest Microsoft Attacks brings to light easily exploitable yet commonly overlooked vulnerabilities of Microsoft systems. The real-world examples used help reinforce the magnitude of these attacks, all while depicting the simplicity of the attack itself. The authors end on a good note with steps to avoid becoming a victim and insight on industry trends."--Aaron Beauregard, IT Systems and Security Manager, Mueller Services, Inc.

"The text is peppered with warnings, notes, recommendations and so-called 'Epic Fail' text boxes that illustrate some of the typical mistakes made when working with that particular software...The bok and the chapters are short, but long enough to give a good overview of today's most common attacks targeting some of the most popular Microsoft products."--Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security