Security

McAfee sicks Stinger on iPod virus

McAfee, Inc. announced it has released a version of McAfee Stinger, which targets two Windows-based threats that are still being identified on video iPod and MP3 devices 

McAfee Stinger is a free standalone utility tool that can detect and remove specific viruses, including the W32/RJump.worm, also named RJump.worm and the W32/QQPass.worm, also named QQPass.worm. Protection for both threats has been available in McAfee products since September 25, 2006 and August 15, 2006, respectively, but Avert Labs has made the tool available for consumers who may not already have adequate anti-virus protection.    

The W32/RJump.worm, which was discovered June 20, 2006, recently reappeared on video iPod devices released by Apple late September. W32/RJump.worm uses the Python scripting language and is converted into a Windows portable executable file. It attempts to spread by copying itself to mapped and removable storage drives and also opens a backdoor on an infected system. The W32/QQPass.worm, which was first discovered February 5, 2003 on MP3 players released in Japan, has again surfaced this week on MP3 devices released in August. W32/QQPass.worm is a generic worm that steals password information from QQ, a popular instant messaging application in China. Both worms may spread through spam, instant messaging, removable media and other means.

McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next-generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files and scan performance optimizations. 

System Recovery aimed at Microsoft installed base 

Elcomsoft has released Elcomsoft System Recovery, a boot-disk application to access a computer’s Windows password settings.

Under a special agreement with Microsoft, Elcomsoft System Recovery is based upon Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), a hardware-independent minimal Windows system that replaces the DOS boot disk that was used to set up new computer systems.

Elcomsoft System Recovery is completely self-contained, allowing users to access each of their computers without the need for third-party or proprietary software. Simply insert the CD, and boot your computer. If you don’t have a CD or DVD drive, you can set Elcomsoft System Recovery to boot from a USB Flash Drive.

Users can dump password hashes from SAM/SYSTEM files or from the Active Directory database, and write them to a text file for further analysis and password recovery. Elcomsoft System Recovery also lets users look up account privileges, detect accounts with empty passwords, and assign Administrator privileges to any user account. The program will instantly recover passwords for special accounts such as IUSR_ and HelpAssistant. After you have made changes to accounts and passwords, you can make backups of your SAM/SYSTEM files, and restore these files from backup after your successful logon with the new password.

The program supports Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003. With full Unicode compliance, Elcomsoft System Recovery supports all U.S. and non-US versions of Windows, with multilingual user names and passwords. The program detects which version of Windows you’re using, and gives you access to your Registry files. Elcomsoft System Recovery is completely compatible with all PC hardware, including RAID and SCSI devices. 

Elcomsoft System Recovery costs US$299 for a single-user licence, includes express delivery worldwide, and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Data Management

EMC updates InputAccel with Documentum integration 

EMC Corp. announced EMC Captiva InputAccel 5.3, a version of the InputAccel document capture and imaging software.

InputAccel 5.3 marks the first time the document capture software has been localized for Asian markets with the ability to capture Japanese, Korean and Chinese language characters. The capability is deisgned to enable globally distributed companies with operations in Asian countries to leverage a more international, enterprise-wide document capture platform. Globally distributed users of Captiva technology will also now benefit from being a part of EMC’s worldwide technical support infrastructure.

InputAccel version 5.3 also delivers enhanced integration with the EMC Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) platform with bi-directional communication between the two systems. The bi-directional capability enables the Documentum ECM platform to send back to the front-end capture solution information that had previously been received from InputAccel and stored. With the enhanced integration, the Documentum platform can automatically send improperly scanned images back to InputAccel for rescan, allowing users to both improve the quality of their data capture and simplify the process of dealing with exceptions. The improved integration further benefits users by enabling the creation of unified audit trails that can better track documents through the entire lifecycle, from the initial capture through management, storage and retrieval, EMC said.

Novell creates Suse bundle tailored for IBM users

Novell announced the global availability of the Integrated Stack for Suse Linux Enterprise, a software bundle that combines Suse Linux Enterprise Server from Novell with a mixture of open and private source software from IBM, tailored for IBM systems.

The Integrated Stack for Suse Linux Enterprise is built using open standards and a combination of mixed source software from two software industry leaders. In comparison, the recently launched Red Hat Application Stack offers a pure open source solution at a higher price point with less functionality and limited Windows integration.

The Integrated Stack for Suse Linux Enterprise includes proven, enterprise-quality mixed source software components, all fully integrated with a range of enterprise-standard IBM Systems. Components of the solution include: Suse Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, IBM DB2 Express-C Centeris Likewise Management Suite

The software stack is optimized to run on IBM System x or BladeCenter server hardware.

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