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Re: Question about DMZ Domain Member and Virus Membership
From: "Adam T" <123security () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 07:00:30 -0500

Thank you both for your comments.
Now to follow this up further. If I shut down un-needed services and
restrict access to machine ports from the internet as needed IE port
80 on one machine, port 25  on another. what else is recommended? What
is the next goal/level to try to achieve.

On 20/03/06, Dan Bogda <dan.bogda () kintera com> wrote:
They should have as few connections into your network as you can afford.
Ideally you are building a DMZ to insulate your internal network from
external threats. If you are building the DMZ to shield your Domain from
windows threats it doesn't make sense to extend that Domain into the
DMZ. There are always exceptions based on acceptable risk, budget and
business requirements. This really comes down to a question of the risks
and benefits the various options present for your company/client and how
willing they are to accept them.

For example, if you are adding a lot of users or duplicate users it may
make sense to allow the DMZ hosts to participate in the domain rather
than manually updating two sets of hosts. Or, same scenario, it may make
more sense to hire a contractor to create an automated event that can
push changes to your DMZ, instead of the DMZ hosts participating in the
domain and pulling updates. You should really document your options, the
risk and benefit of each and let management decide what is worth
pursuing.

In short, best practice would be to leverage the DMZ and not allow it to
connect into your internal network. Instead, configure this as a no
man's land and only allow connections into the environment, not out.
Harden your DMZ boxes, disable unused services and don't put anything on
there you are worried about losing. If clients are uploading files, pull
them off as soon as you can. The more valuable data sitting on a DMZ
host the more valuable a target it becomes.

Of course, this is just another opinion and carries no guarantees. Your
actual mileage may vary. Hope this helps, good luck.

-----Original Message-----
From: Adam T [mailto:123security () gmail com]
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 6:01 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Question about DMZ Domain Member and Virus Membership

I would like to know what is the best practice method to configure
Windows Servers in the DMZ. Should they be a part of the domain and
therefore open ports to allow authentication? Or should they be kept
as standalone servers? I also have my virus scanners on these machines
but they are not in contact with the Primary Virus Server should I
allow these ports through the firewall? Currently they are standalone
virus scanners. Please share with me your thoughts on these
configurations.
Thank you

./Adam

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