Links for March 2, 2007

A snow day for us in the Baltimore-Washington area and for most of the east coast.

SharePoint

Free for Download: Picture of the Day Web Part from End User SharePoint – Picture of the Day web part, a web part that will dynamically display a new picture starting at midnight every night, based on the Quote of the Day web part.

Jazz Up SharePoint Announcements with Windows Live Writer 2009 from End User SharePoint – How to Jazz up your site’s announcements using Windows Live Writer 2009.

Security

L0phtCrack 6 Release At SOURCE Boston from Liquidmatrix Security Digest by Dave Lewis

L0phtCrack is back! At a special information session at SOURCE Boston (Thursday, 10:15am), the team that brought you L0phtCrack will be releasing version 6 of the highly-acclaimed Windows password auditing tool. Come to the session to learn about this release, its new features and platform support, and the story of the product from the days of the L0pht, to @stake, Symantec, and finally back to the L0pht.

Things I Can Live Without (Part 1) from Security Response Weblog by Kevin Haley – AutoPlay

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Automatically launch a program that’s been discovered by the computer. You don’t have to waste a bunch of mouse clicks to get your music CD or movie DVD to play. Well, the bad guys think AutoPlay is a good idea, too. Actually they think it’s a great idea and they take advantage of it a lot more than you and I do. Sality, Silly, and even Downadup are all examples of threats that leverage the AutoPlay feature. Ben Nahorney has written about this in the past.

Consensus Audit Guidelines Are Still Controls from TaoSecurity

Blog readers know that I think FISMA Is a Joke, FISMA Is a Jobs Program, and if you fought FISMA Dogfights you would always die in a burning pile of aerial debris.
Now we have the Consensus Audit Guidelines (CAG) published by SANS. You can ask two questions: 1) is this what we need? and 2) is it at least a step in the right direction? …

Windows 7

Using AppLocker in Win7 from TechNet Edge

Paul Cooke took time out to give me a tour and demo of AppLocker.

AppLocker is a new feature in Windows7 that allows you to manage what applications are allowed to run on a managed machine with multiple techniques, including white listing and black listing applications.  It goes way beyond what is available today using Software Restriction Policies.

One of the slick features is the ability to use a machine as a reference – configure a machine with just the apps you want users to run, and AppLocker will automatically build a policy from that machine you can deploy across your org. Very Cool.

Boot from VHD in Win7 from TechNet Edge

Windows 7 has a new feature that makes it easier than ever to set up multi-boot scenarios on a single machine.

Boot from VHD allows you to mount a vhd as a bootable drive and, as the name implies, boot from it.  It’s a great scenario for creating multiple OS installations without having to create multiple OS partitions on your hard drive.

I recently sat down with Jeremy Chapman, who took time to explain and demo this feature and some of the other new drive partition features of Windows 7.

Problem Steps Recorder with Jeremy Chapman from TechNet Edge

Another new feature in Windows7 is the Problem Steps Recorder, or PSR, a slick way to give your support people an easy way to see the errors you’re getting in an app, and the steps to reproduce them.  Just turn it on, run the app, and PSR creates a document for you, complete with screenshots and keystrokes/mouseclicks.

Office 2007

Get animated! PowerPoint & Animation Factory from Templates blog by templateers

Here are new templated presentation ideas sure to inspire the best of the bunch, and awaken the daydreamers. This is PowerPoint 2007 with motion slides made available from Animation Factory.

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Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

Posted in Microsoft, MOSS, MOSS 2007, PowerPoint, Security, Security Awareness, SharePoint, Windows, Windows 7

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