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Windows XP: Surviving the first day
From: "Johannes B. Ullrich" <jullrich () sans org>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 18:11:13 -0500

We published a guide entitled: "Windows XP: Surving the First Day". This
guide is intended to help users of new Windows XP systems to patch
systems without getting infected themselves.

The target audience of this guide is home users and small businesses.
THIS IS NOT A HARDENING GUIDE. The guide illustrates the minimum steps
required to secure a Windows XP system so it will survive the ongoing
worm attacks while the user downloads necessary patches.

The need for such a guide became obvious from various data collected by
the internet storm center (isc.sans.org) and DShield (www.dshield.org).
Not only is the number of Blaster/Nachia infected machines essentially
constant, but many of the messages we receive from owners of infected
machines indicate that some of these machines have been infected
recently after installing a new system. Many systems, as shipped right
now, are not patched and can be infected within minutes of connecting
them to the Internet.

CTO SANS Internet Storm Center               http://isc.sans.org
phone: (617) 786 1563            
  fax: (617) 786 1550                          jullrich () sans org

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