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RE: lock down personal Win XP workstation
From: "Kamran Iqbal" <kamran.iqbal () willaf com>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 18:05:14 +0100

Hi there, 

Most of the trapdoors, Trojans and backdoors are pre-defined along with
locations like c:\programs files .. etc ... that installs it self if
once you access HTTP.

Windows firewall blocks the services, ports but it does not block the
specific viruses, Trojan horses which normally anti viruses companies
do.

Kind Regards,

Kami

-----Original Message-----
From: sun sadm [mailto:sunsadm () gmail com] 
Sent: 31 July 2006 17:45
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: lock down personal Win XP workstationher

Hi colleague,

Sometimes I am forced to use Windows XP. I only run a Usenet, web,
IRC, mail, ssh client and music player. I regularly check for security
fixes.

To lock down my workstation I enable "Windows Firewall" to block all
traffic expect the applications mentioned above. I enabled "Automatic
Updates". Additionally I use "Security Configuration and Analysis" MMC
console and apply the predefined security template called hisecws.inf.
I don't use a virus scanner because I am not a license owner.

How secure is this setup? Are there ways an attacker can break my
system? Where are vulnerabilities? How would you break my system?

Nico

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