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Re: Protecting Home Machines
From: Don Voss <voss () albany edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 05:57:24 -0500


Non trivial question. I have been trying to keep home laptops stable here also. The best I can do is some education. They are, for the most part personally owned .. or treated that way most times.

If they bring them in for a dhcp connection in their offices .. I have to authorize the mac > ip to get them on .. thats when I patch, patch, patch .. + make sure virus protection is loaded, current. The patches should take care of the known .. the new ones we are all open to. We use norton corp version. This is where virus crosses over to worms .. I do not care to debate the descriptions .. hostile is hostile.

I have a simple setup at home: cable modem .. a linksys .. closed down as much as I know how .. and the machines use it's nat. Currently patched and with norton material. Very non-tech users [my family] .. so far so good. I have considered something like this to recommend to faculty but they would not consider it .. the smart ones ask what I do.

To roll a procedure out as a policy is the real question .. which I would like to hear what other larger places are doing. One would need to "own" the laptop .. vpn material ? virus protection, what else ? Can they be screened when it comes in and attach to a domain .. push patches, etc.


Cherian M. Palayoor wrote:

I have a remote user whose laptop was severely infected by the trojans

I reinstalled the OS on the machine following a complete reformat, and
installed an anti-virus with the latest update. I ran a complete scan on the
machine prior to shipping the machine back to the user.

However as soon as the user took back the machine home, he was infected by
another worm (NACHI.A) within a few minutes of connecting to the internet
through his high speed cable modem. He swears that he had not downloaded
anything nor tried any removable media on this machine.

Following a bit of research on the matter, I am now aware that it is possible
for machines to get infected on the fly especially through unprotected home
internet connections.

The question is, "What do I do to prevent such occurrences which have
increased of late."

My thanks in advance for any thoughts or words of advise.




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