Friday, September 12, 2008

Security News and Updates

And here are some exciting updates for popular security applications.

Special thanks for the team at Security Database for posting these notices.

AutoScan 1.30 released - Security Database Tools Watch.  “AutoScan-Network is a network discovering and managing application. No configuration is required to scan your network. The main goal is to print the list of connected equipments in your network” (Application home page)

Cain & Abel v4.9.21 released- Security Database Tools Watch.  “Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocol” (Application home page)

SoftPerfect Network Scanner v3.8 available - Security Database Tools Watch. “SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with a modern interface and several advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users who are interested in computer security. The program pings computers, scans for listening TCP ports and displays which types of resources are shared on the network (including system and hidden).”  (Application home page)

Nmap & Zenmap v4.75 released- Security Database Tools Watch.  “Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Zenmap added a new Scan Topology system. The idea is that if we are going to call Nmap the "Network Mapper", it should at least be able to draw you a map of the network! And that is what this new system does.  Another exciting new Zenmap feature is Scan Aggregation. This allows you to visualize and analyze the results of multiple scans at once, as if they were from one Nmap execution. So you might scan one network, analyze the results a bit, then scan some of the machines more intensely or add a completely new subnet to the scan.  Expanded nmap-services to include information on how frequently each port number is found open. The results were generated by scanning tens of millions of IPs on the Internet this Summer, and augmented with internal network data contributed by some large organizations.“ (Application home page)

Finally, Windows forensics guru and blogger Harlan Carvey announces on his blog an exciting development for his RegRipper tool: Windows Incident Response:  Turns out that RegRipper now has its very-own personal website!  Hopefully this will mean even more focus and attention to this wonderful tool to rip out tons of great data from Windows registry hives.  It simply is an amazing product.  Even sysadmins doing non-forensics works can surely find some great applications for this utility.  It’s also a great learning tool for seeing just how much fodder is contained in the “holy-of-holies” also known as the Windows registry. Congratulations Harlan!



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