Archive: 2009-01

Reading email messages in plain text seems like a reasonable thing to do to improve the security of your email client. Plain text takes less processing than HTML, which should help minimize your attack surface, right? As it turns out, Outlook Express (and its derivatives) is doing more than you think when it is configured with the "Read all messages in plain text" option enabled.

This entry is the first in a series about securely configuring the IPv6 protocol on selected operating systems. Although this entry focuses on how to disable IPv6, we are not recommending that everyone immediately disable IPv6. However, if critical parts of your infrastructure (firewall, IDS, etc.) do not yet fully support the IPv6 protocol, consider disabling IPv6 until those components can be upgraded.

The Kill-Bit (or "killbit") is a Microsoft Windows registry value that prevents an ActiveX control from being used by Internet Explorer. More information is available in Microsoft KB article 240797. If a vulnerability is discovered in an ActiveX control or COM object, a common mitigation is to set the killbit for the control, which will cause Internet Explorer to block use of the control. Or will it?

Slowloris is a denial-of-service (DoS) tool that targets web servers. We have some suggestions about mitigation techniques and workarounds to protect your server. However, use caution if you implement any of these suggestions because they will likely have some unintended side effects.

Hi, it's Will. As previously mentioned, we have been investigating and discovering ActiveX vulnerabilities over the past few years. Today we released the Dranzer tool that we have developed to test ActiveX controls.

We've been using the Dranzer ActiveX fuzz testing tool for over three years, and we've found a large number of vulnerabilities with it. I've tagged a few of the US-CERT Vulnerability notes with the "Dranzer" keyword to show the sort of vulnerabilities we've been discovering with the tool.