eEye Digital Security Releases Free Tool to Identify Top Security Configuration Weaknesses

eEye Digital Security, the industry’s leading innovator of threat management solutions, today released a new configuration-check tool based on new research, “In Configuration We (Still) Trust.”

Findings verify that proper configuration and mitigations remain the most effective way to secure IT infrastructure.

The research team at eEye found that the leading mitigations it recommended in 2011 — disabling WebDAV and Microsoft Office document converters — prevented even more vulnerabilities in 2011 than in 2010. In the case of turning off the Office document converters, the percentage increased from eight to 10 percent. Combined, the two tactics mitigate 20 percent of Microsoft vulnerabilities.

To put these relatively simple recommendations into action, IT administrators can download a new, free security tool developed by the eEye Research Team. It tests for highly recommended configuration updates and:

  • Offers a simple pass/fail and informational status check to compare how the user’s company rates against recommended configurations
  • Tests how the local system operating system is configured and how the network is architected, identifying potential problem areas
  • Provides information on potential backdoors and other areas of concern related to Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)
  • Shows how much of the user’s processes and code are signed, allowing users to determine what is valid and what is not

“eEye prides itself on helping our customers and the security community at large by providing security in context,” said Marc Maiffret, eEye cofounder and CTO.

“With this research and the related free tool, organizations large and small can now quickly test individual systems, gold disks and standard corporate images for some of the most impactful configuration settings from a vulnerability and exploitation perspective.”

The research also shows that in addition to upgrading and disabling WebDAV and Office converters, users should limit administrative privileges, put proxy servers to work, encrypt traffic on VLANs and IPsec, and deny access to Windows subsystems. Additional recommendations, most of which are easy fixes, are noted in the research, including how to protect against threats such as Stuxnet, Night Dragon and Aurora.

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About eEye Digital Security

Since 1998, eEye Digital Security has made vulnerability and compliance management simpler and more efficient by providing the only unified solution that integrates assessment, mitigation, protection, and reporting into a complete offering with optional add-on modules for configuration compliance, regulatory reporting, and integrated patch management.

eEye’s world-renowned research and development team is consistently the first to uncover critical vulnerabilities and build new protections into our solutions to prevent their exploit. Thousands of mid-to-large-size private sector and government organizations, including the largest vulnerability management installations in the world, rely on eEye to protect against the latest known and zero-day vulnerabilities.

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