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Daily Briefing - Archive June 2003

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July 2003
June 2003



Monday, June 30

The only thing I hate more than spam is telemarketers. Both of my phones ring off the hook between 8am and 9pm, and the majority of calls on my listed number (which I use for business) are telemarketers. I've tried a number of tools for stemming the flood of calls, but more telemarketers keep popping up like cockroaches. So, after hours of trying, I finally got my phone numbers added to the National Do Not Call Registry at 2am Saturday morning. Apparently the FTC had underestimated how much people hate getting telemarketers, and the official numbers predicted that about 60 million people would register. In it's first 3 hours of operation, 370,000 people registered and the web site alone was receiving 3 million hits every hour. It wasn't long until all this traffic overwhelmed the servers and brought the site down for a few hours, but while it was up over 10 million people registered over the weekend. As with all legislation, there is some fine print. For one, the list won't go into affect until October 1, or for 90 days after you sign up. The list doesn't affect charities, business you already have an established relationship with (your credit card companies will keep calling) and (surprise!) political callers. It's success is also dependent on how aggressively the FTC follows up on complaints and pursues telemarketers. And I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that the telemarketers are suing, claiming the new bill violates their right to free speech. (Lawyers and telemarketers, there's a mix.) I'm hopeful that the overwhelming popularity of this bill with voters will accelerate tough anti-spam legislation and perhaps inspire other countries to do the same. Cheap international long distance service and low wage labor have inspired several telemarketing firms to set up call centers in Mexico and India, and I'm sure this trend will rise as a way to get around the don not call list.

Friday, June 27
I spent the better part of Thursday installing and testing Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000. So far, I've had no major issues and the installations went smoothly, but be prepared to sacrifice +300 - 400 Mb of disk space for the installation. The sheer size of this update (+100Mb compared with 20Mb for SP3) will make network installations in large environments difficult for some administrators, so proceed carefully and work closely with your infrastructure team. SP4 also has a number of compatibility issues with 33 post SP4 hotfixes, may cause Internet Explorer to time out if you're running Norton Internet Security 2001, and overrides the 802.1x PEAP Authentication method if you're using the Cisco client utility with the Aironet adapter. In our experience, the bug list for most Microsoft Service Packs grows rapidly in the six weeks, so you may wish to wait 30-90 days after a service pack release before installing it on production servers. Also be aware that operating system service packs have a nasty history of breaking application service packs for Exchange, SQL, and other BackOffice products. For more information on testing and deploying service packs, check out this article.

Thursday, June 26
Whenever a new flaw is found in Windows, it's amusing to watch how the media likes to spin it. A few weeks ago, the big news headlines outlined a "Flaw in Windows Server 2003", despite the fact the bug was really in IE 6.0 and affected Windows XP and Windows 2000 as well. To make it even more insignificant, the bug doesn't affect Windows Server 2003 in its default configuration as the services used by the exploit are turned off. Nevertheless, "Flaw in IE 6.0" doesn't generate as many clicks as "Windows Server 2003 flaw" This brings us to today's security bulletin, which is being sold as a "flaw in Windows 2000 Server" by the press. While the flaw does affect all versions of Windows 2000 Server, the bug exists in Windows Media Services, which is turned off by default and is rarely used unless you do multicast streaming. Microsoft does rate the patch as important, but since none of our servers are running media services, I may wait until Windows 2000 SP4 is released to roll out this patch (or wait for a post SP4 rollup). So what's the harm in a little hype? Ask Aesop. By crying wolf every time a minor vulnerability is released, the media has trained administrators to simply tune out all the "sky is falling" nonsense and failure to patch systems. The best way to keep up to date on vulnerabilities is by going directly with the source, in this case Microsoft's TechNet Security Page and reading the security alerts for yourself. (We also list the last 5 security bulletins on our front page so you don't have to dig around.) For the past several years, Microsoft has posted a security bulletin for one product or another about once a week. To their credit, the bulletins are straightforward, easy to understand, and rated by product and severity. By making a habit of checking these bulletins on a regular basis, testing them in a lab, and rolling out hotfixes on a regular schedule, you can keep your environment stable and secure without having to resort to "firefighting" when a hacker writes a new worm that exploits a 3 month old bug.

Wednesday, June 25
As of 1pm today, we are officially running on Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.0! Our new servers are clustered, which should give us 100% uptime, better performance, and tighter security. It also means we can update the site in the middle of the day instead of waiting for non peak hours in the evening or early morning. ;-)

In the news, Wired published their exclusive tour of Apple Computer's G5 which, from an engineering standpoint, looks very cool. I was impressed with the reporter's observation that even with the G5's nine computer controlled cooling fans running, he couldn't tell if the machine was on or off without putting his ear to the case. In fact, the G5 is twice as quiet as the G4. This is something I wish more mainstream manufacturers paid attention to. Having a dozen or so servers and workstations running in a single room generates a lot of noise (as well as heat). According to Apple, the G5 is the fastest PC ever made. Boasting dual G5 2Ghz 64bit processors, a 1GHz front side bus, and support for 4GB of RAM, it screams. Apple also gets to boast that it has the first 64bit desktop platform, while Intel claims that there's little demand for 64 bit processing on the desktop and AMD's Athlon 64 won't be released until September. It would be great to see Microsoft partner closely with Dell or HP to create a dual processor workstation with similar specifications. Smaller form factors would be a plus as well. We've crushed servers down to 1u, but workstations could easily be 1/2 the size they are now. In the extreme, Mini-ITX makes a very compact motherboard that enables creative users to design computer cases out of almost anything - including toasters, guitars, Legos, gas can, beer kegs, a clock, and even a Mac G4 cube. One of our lab rats bypassed the case entirely and simply mounted a motherboard, power supply, and hard drive onto a piece a plywood and hung it vertically on the wall behind his entertainment center, creating his own version of a Media PC. (Maybe he'll send us a photo). By adding SnapStream's Personal Video Station software, you have an instant PVR!

Tuesday, June 24
To everyone who may have received a JS/CISP virus warning when visiting our site yesterday, please accept my sincerest apologies. I don't control the server we are hosted on, and we've been having some security problems for the past month. Essentially there is a known vulnerability with IIS 5 and FrontPage that allows a hacker to place code of their choice into the header or footer of all the sites on a server. A patch is available and has been applied to the server, but the patch keeps breaking and no one (including Microsoft) can figure out why. As of this morning, the code has being removed, and we are moving to a Windows 2003 Server cluster this week, so the problem should never reoccour. The JS script was checking for unpatched versions of IE 6.x and if found would prompt the user to download an EXE file which contained a COREFLOOD Trojan
Symantec and other antivirus have not picked up this threat, so please use McAfee to clean and check systems. Again, please accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this issue may have caused you or your organization.

Monday, June 23
Welcome to summer! For techs that live in the Northern U.S. and Canada, it's the season to find an excuse to duck outside for a while and enjoy the weather. For those living in hot and humid parts of the world, it's a good time to schedule any project that places you in the air conditioned server room for the day. In some older buildings I've worked in, the server room was the only space in the entire building where the air-conditioning actually worked and foot traffic would skyrocket on hotter days. At one company, the housekeeping staff took advantage of the server room as well, and often made the area their "break room" in the dog days of summer. No one much cared, until one hot day when the AC was really working overtime, there was a straining and popping noise coming from an air conditioning vent directly above a server cluster. While waiting for facilities maintenance to arrive, something inside the vent ruptured and brown colored water started spilling out all over the top of rack and the servers within it. A quick thinking administrator immediately started turning off the power strips, but the UPS units in the rack still kept the servers up and running. Not wanting to risk his life again by touching a wet electrical appliance, administrators spent the next 10 minutes frantically trying to shut down the servers remotely via Terminal services. Miraculously, the servers survived but the 12 hour outage brought business to a grinding halt, and management was screaming for blood. It didn't take long to find the culprit. It turns out the housekeeping night shift staff was storing beer and soda in the vent to keep it cold, and several of the cans froze overnight and ruptured. After this incident, the policy regarding access to the server room changed dramatically and only specific IT people and a limited number of janitorial staff members were allowed into the area. So if you notice that your company's server room is becoming a hangout during the summer months, you may want to review your access policies with management. Make sure you also enforce a no food or beverage policy, and that access to the server room is logged either via key card access or a sign in sheet. And if you have server racks directly under an air conditioning vent you may want to move them a few feet. Just in case. ;-)

Friday, June 20
As we mentioned earlier this month, having a very public e-mail address means we receive a ton of spam each month. It also means we get almost all of the new viruses in circulation as well as any new e-mail scams. Last night we received the new Best Buy scam e-mail that claimed someone else was trying to use my credit card to purchase an in-dash CD player, and in order to stop the transaction I needed to verify my information. The e-mail link ( actually went to, a page that was a convincing duplicate of the BestBuy site. The page asked for the usual name and address and birthdate. The subsequent pages were a little bolder and asked for your social security number, mothers maiden name, place of birth, credit card number, and even the card ID. Basically, all the information someone would need to steal your identity and create havoc with your financial status for the rest of your life. This little scam was discovered on Wednesday, but it took until this morning for BestBuy to send out a warning e-mail to it's customers and shut down the site. While tech savvy people are generally immune to this sort of hoax, the general user community is not. If you have parents, siblings, or other relatives who might fall prey to something like this, please take a minute to pass along the hoax warnings. (The news link is our link of the day)

Thursday, June 19
As predicted on Monday, Microsoft did release a public preview of MSN Messenger 6.0 today. They've also started a referral program that enters you to win a free webcam if you tell your friends about the preview as well. You get an entry for each e-mail address you provide, and are allowed up to 10 per day. Not a bad way to generate buzz. Webcams are cheap, and they get people to sell out their friends to a potential spam list. I think we'll pass.

Wednesday, June 18
One of the real frustrations of working with any complex operating system is that they all have a number of under-documented "features" that are generally unknown until they happen to you. Case in point: Microsoft introduced a shadow copy service in Windows Server 2003, that makes point in time copies of users files so they can instantly recover files that were accidentally deleted or overwritten without calling the help desk. (A feature that UNIX has had for years) However the shadow copy service uses a copy-on-write mechanism that operates on a 16KB file block level, regardless of what the file systems cluster allocation unit size is. This creates a problem if you (or the operating system) allocated a smaller than 16KB cluster size on your hard drives and then defragment the volume. (The default cluster size for drives larger than 2Gb is 4KB)
The System Shadow Copy provider cannot differentiate between disk defragmentation I/O and typical write I/O, and starts to make copies of all the files being defragmented. This in turn can causes the Shadow Copy storage area to grow very quickly, and if the storage area reaches its user-defined limit, the OS starts deleting the oldest shadow copies to make room for the new ones. (For more information see KB Article 312067) To verify the cluster size on your hard drives, run chkdsk from the command prompt, and look for the entry labeled "bytes in each allocation unit" If it is smaller than 16384 bytes, you'll need to backup the data on the drive and reformat the drive using the /a switch and specify the cluster size in bytes. For example: format volume /fs:ntfs /a:16384 will format the drive using NTFS in 16KB clusters. When you're done, verify the cluster size by running chkdsk again, and restore the drive from your backup media.

Tuesday, June 17
On May 11, thieves broke into the
Kunsthistorisches Museum in Austria and stole a famous gold statue created by 16th century Italian master Benvenuto Cellini The 10 inch high gold sculpture called Saliera (salt box) is worth about $57 million and is often referred to as the "Mona Lisa of sculptures". What makes this theft notable is that the thieves simply climbed some scaffolding, smashed through a first floor window, and removed the piece from an unprotected glass display case. The break in did set off the alarm system, but it was quickly reset by the security guard (before it was able to call the police) who assumed it was just another false alarm. The actual theft was discovered four hours later by a cleaning lady, and three security guards were suspended as a result of the incident. So my question is, how often does this happen on your network? Does your staff simply reset firewall alarms, or do they actually spend a minute to confirm the data. Do you look at your IDS logs? Are your server's event logs bogged down with bogus entries making it impossible to find real problems? A test of intrusion detection systems by Network World Fusion last year discovered that several IDS's crashed under the weight of false alarms, and real attack data was often buried deeply under mountains of false alarm data. If this is happening on your network, how will you ever know when you're really being hacked? In the case of the museum, the alarm system was plagued with problems, and false alarms occurred on a regular basis. Instead of fixing the problem, the museum chose to fix the blame. Don't make the same mistake. Root out the source of false alarm data, and follow up on unknown events before you simply dismiss them. The job you save may be your own.

Monday, June 16
According to Microsoft, someone (gasp!) leaked their internal Beta version of MSN Messenger 6.0 onto the web. To make matters worse, over 2 million people have downloaded the software and are actively using it! (Oh no!!!) To put a quick end to this potential disaster, Microsoft has issued a press release informing as many people as possible that the Beta is unofficially available on the web, and has asked websites to stop posting it. Microsoft is also asking people not to run the software which a leaked memo
by Blake Irving, vice president of MSN's communications division, describes as "fast becoming one of the most addictive services we've ever created," and "Anyone that has used V6 knows why it's a winning service ... I don't think the industry will have seen such a thing since ICQ got big years and years ago." Wow, all these leaks sure are distressing, but I'm sure these warnings are enough to discourage even the most ardent computer geeks, and prevent the further spread of their Beta software. The conspiracy theory mice in the office are suggesting that perhaps these leaks aren't unintentional, and are just part of Redmond's efforts to build hype and generate lots of press before it's officially released sometime this summer. But wait - according to sources, Microsoft is releasing a public preview of MSN Messenger 6.0 on Thursday! Finally an official download that will end this leaked Beta crisis and save us from its evils! (Plus it will generate more press and headlines for Microsoft)

Also in the hype machine, Microsoft announced that it is working on Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 and should have it in Beta by "early summer". Since Windows Server 2003 was just released in late April, there is speculation that either the product is buggier that Microsoft has let on, or they're simply trying to get SP1 out as quickly as possible since many businesses have a policy of not migrating to a new OS until the first service pack is out. Since Microsoft has only released a handful of minor patches (17?) for Windows Server 2003, I'll leave it up to you to decide what the real motive is.

Friday, June 13
Are you superstitious? Do you suffer from
paraskevidekatriaphobia, and have an irrational fear of Friday the 13th? Or are you having a group of friends over tonight for a Freddy Kruger film festival? There are a lot of theories about the origins of this superstition, but no one really knows how this whole "Friday the 13th" mess got started. Ancient mariners believed it was unlucky to start a voyage on a Friday. In Rome and later England, executions were performed on Fridays. In Greek and Roman numerology, 13 symbolizes destruction. Nordic mythology also suggests that 13 is an unlucky number. Even today, many tall buildings and hospitals don't have a 13th floor. Somewhere along the way, superstitions regarding Fridays and the number 13 were mixed, resulting in our present day jitters. But it isn't unlucky for everyone. Up until the Middle Ages, pagans celebrated Friday the 13th as a lucky day. In Australia, lottery sales go through the roof on Friday the 13th. To others, it's the Olsen twins 17th birthday. And to us, it's just another day. But if you're one of the 21 million people who called off of work today because of your paraskevidekatriaphobia, maybe you should consider seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist to help you overcome your fear. Unless of course you also have iatrophobia - a fear of doctors. ;-)

Thursday, June 12
As you can imagine, we do quite a bit of web browsing every day digging for resources. Over the years we've tried almost every browser on the market, but have always liked Internet Explorer, even when IE wasn't cool (which it never was.) Now we've discovered a new browser which has become our hands down favorite after just a few weeks of use. SlimBrowser is a freeware multiple-site browser that features a tab-page interface, built in popup blocking (with recovery if needed), quick search, built in commands and scripting, blacklist/whitelist filtering, page translation, a fully automatic form filler, and did we mention it's free? If you spend as much time digging on the Internet as we do, you'll be hooked on tabbed browsing within a few minutes. It's a huge time saver if you spend a bit of time following links across multiple sites. The real bonus for us is that SlimBrowser is a wrapper for IE instead of having its own standalone engine. It automatically uses your existing Favorites menu from IE, as well as your IE security and privacy settings so you don't have migrate all of your preferences after installing it. Did we mention it's free? Of course if you would rather pay $29.95 for a tabbed browser, we also highly recommend NetCaptor

Wednesday, June 11
In an effort to keep down costs and get great hardware at rock bottom prices, we've done quite a bit of shopping on e-Bay over the years. We've purchased routers, switches, laptops, monitors, hard drives, PDA's, and smaller accessories at 1/10 of their retail cost, and to date we've had only had positive experiences. But you never know when you're going to get burned by non existent, non functional or stolen merchandise. This is especially important when buying laptops. One way around this is to buy used computer equipment directly from the manufacturer - on eBay. Dell, HP, IBM and others have established stores on eBay that allow you to bid on factory refurbished equipment, sometimes with a warranty.
We've found some really great deals from Dell Financial Services eBay store which features off lease equipment that has been inspected and refurbished. Since Dell introduced their new "D" series of laptops, their older (but still fast and functional) "C" series laptops have appeared on eBay for under $500.00. Two weeks ago we purchased a refurbished Dell C600 laptop for $565.00 (including shipping and tax) that is identical to one we bought new in January 2001 for $2300.00. Its 750Mhz P3 processor, 20GB Hard drive and 256Mb of RAM is more than enough to run Windows XP or Windows 2000, and having two identical platforms allows us to do benchmark and stability tests between applications. The laptop arrived within a few days, and although the metal plate on the bottom of the laptop looked beat up, the exterior case, keyboard, and screen looked brand new. So far it's functioned flawlessly, and we're considering buying another one in a few weeks. If you've been thinking about buying a laptop, but put off by the high price tags, this is definitely the way to go. You can expect thousands of these laptops to become available in the next few months and prices should fall even further during this time period. You may even start to see some of the 1GHz processor models become available before the end of summer. As a bonus, accessories for Dell Latitude C series are all over eBay as well, and it's relatively easy (and cheap) to find spare external power supplies, CD-RW drives, DVD drives, extra batteries, docking stations and even leather laptop cases. Happy bidding!

Tuesday, June 10, 2003
What would you do if your hard drive failed? Do you have tape backups of your data? Or do you back up files onto CD-R disks? I've tried everything from ZIP and JAZ disks to CD-RW and tape drives, but as or data archive and storage needs grow these solutions just don't cut it. Our laptops come with 30GB hard drives, our workstations come with 80GB hard drives, and our servers are filled to their 500GB capacity. Currently we have about 100GB of hard drive space on our server doing nothing but archiving data consisting of backup images, log files, application source directories, archived mail folders, and the obligatory MP3 directory. I'd love to use that space for something else, and I'm a bit worried about what would happen if that drive suddenly failed and all the data was lost. Of course we could mirror the drive or setup a RAID 5 disk array, but that would require a few hardware upgrades and we were looking for something simpler. So for about $210.00, we invested in a Maxtor 3000LE 120GB external hard drive. This portable unit plugs straight into the USB port and doesn't require drivers for Windows XP, which flawlessly sees the unit as an extra drive. If you have a USB 2.0 port, the drive is capable of high speed mode and can transfer data at 480Mbps. It's also amazingly quiet and unobtrusive, and can easily be stored in a locked file cabinet or safe, and even transported in a briefcase for off site storage. Maxtor also makes larger models with faster hard drives (7200rpm vs. 5400rpm drive), and some models support FireWire as well as USB.

Monday, June 9
The BugBear.B hysteria seems to be dying down a bit, but the virus is still spreading. Keep in mind that BugBear.A (which spread in September 2002) generated 320,000 infected e-mails in its first week according to MessageLabs. BugBear.B generated 35,000 infected e-mails on in the first 24 hours of its discovery. What makes this rapid infection rate even more surprising is that the vulnerability it exploits in IE 5.1 and 5.5 is over 2 years old. A free patch has been available from Microsoft since March 2001, and should have been applied after BugBear.A threatened systems last fall. This might have also slowed the progression of the Sobig mass mailing worm (and it's variants) which exploits the same vulnerability. Although the patch prevents the virus from running automatically with no user intervention, even patched systems are vulnerable if the user clicks the e-mail attachment. The kicker is that Sobig and BugBear can be easily neutralized with simple content filtering and/or virus scanning on the corporate mail servers. Simply blocking .PIF, .SCR, and .EXE extensions on your e-mail servers will stop these and other mass mailing worms cold. This bit of logic was lost on Stanford University, when BugBear.B's keyboard logging "feature" started sending employee salary and bonus information via e-mail. This prompted the IS staff to simply shut down all outgoing e-mail services for 9 hours in a effort to contain the damage and prevent further outbreaks.

Don't let this happen to your network. If you don't already have virus scanning and content filtering enabled on your mail servers, get it in place as soon as possible. Start blocking attachments that don't have a business use (.PIF, .SCR). Update your IE 5.1 and 5.5 versions to SP2. And educate your users to the perils of opening suspicious attachments. If you need additional information about virus types, classifications, prevention, and managing an outbreak, check out our AntiVirus primer.

Thursday, June 4
I spoke too soon in Monday's blog when I said only time will tell if Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative will be worth the price. Microsoft released it's first "patch" for Windows 2003 according to the media, but the security update is really for Internet Explorer 6 and affects Windows 2000 and XP as well. No reason to panic. The media is having a field day with this because Microsoft has been selling Windows Server 2003 on its security and reliability. Remember Oracle's "Unbreakable" campaign? It suddenly and quietly went away when a dozen or so vulnerabilities were discovered and posted on BugTraq in the first month. Microsoft hasn't thrown down the gauntlet as hard as Oracle, but there are plenty of people who would like to find a huge gaping hole in the new OS and publicly ridicule them. In a way, this little flaw works in Redmond's favor - the press gets to hype the heck out of it and put the words "Windows Server 2003 flaw" in their headlines, but in the end it really isn't a major OS bug. Unless of course you consider the browser as part of the OS, as Microsoft asserted in its antitrust trials. Microsoft is still spinning this in a positive light because the vulnerability is less of the threat in Windows Server 2003 because it relies on services which are turned off by default in Win2k3, but not in Win2k or XP. 

Wednesday, June 3
Part of the downside to having our e-mail address displayed on our web site is that we receive tons of spam. Over 300 messages alone this morning, most of which was filtered properly by the Beta release of Outlook 2003. It still doesn't have some the advanced blocking features of many 3rd party spam filters, but at least I don't have to open 2 separate applications to manage my mail. One feature I wish Outlook 2003 included was domain name blocking. Basically I'd like anything from a Hotmail, MSN, or AOL account to simply get dumped into the junk e-mail folder, where I can browse through it later and sift out the few legitimate e-mails.

The other downside is the virus related messages that appear whenever a new bug makes its way around the world. A number of viruses spoof e-mail addresses as they spread, including ours since it exists in thousands of contact lists around the world. This result is a flood of automated messages from corporate mail servers, as well as the occasional flame from a user who thinks we sent them a virus. All of which prompted our link of the day, Idiocy Imperils the Web, which asks "Who are these people that keep clicking on attachments anyway?" They're probably the same people who actually buy products from spammers, and believe that some stranger from a third world country wants them to help smuggle 20 million dollars out of the country. Is common sense really that uncommon?

  "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"

Monday, June 1
For the past few days we've been busy updating the Windows Server 2003 section including as much of the new online documentation as possible. We've been running the .NET Betas as well as the RTM and final releases for a while and are really impressed with it. Thanks to VMWare, we've been able to perform a lot of torture, compatibility, and vulnerability testing without spending a fortune in hardware. I think Microsoft did a great job improving on Windows 2000's strengths instead of flooding customers with a host of new features no one wants. The stability has been outstanding, but only time will tell if the security implementations have been worth Microsoft's $20 million investment in their Trustworthy Computing campaign. It also a better documented release than previous versions of Windows NT. Microsoft has released the plenty of case studies, whitepapers, how to articles, and all of the product documentation on their web sites, and sorting through it all has been a challenge.

After some recent problems with our current web host Interland dropping the ball on security, we are looking for a new home - preferably on Windows Server 2003 running IIS 6.0. The current favorite at this point is ServerBeach, so if anyone has any feedback or experience with this host (or if you have another recommendation) please let us know.





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