Newsletter – October 2008


Microsoft released a security bulletin (MS08-067) and patch update this week for a bug that has a confirmed Trojan exploit.

The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. Expect the number of exploits to increase rapidly. It’s fairly important to have it patched on servers and workstations that do not have file sharing disabled (or blocked through their Windows or Antivirus application).

Additional details are available at Microsoft Website for Patch Information.

NOTE: Ferreira Group clients that have our 24/7 Monitoring Agent, will receive the patch automatically. For all other clients, we will install the patch manually.

XP Pro is hanging around a little longer
Since our last newsletter announcing the end of XP Pro at the end of this year, Microsoft has decided to extended the deadline to July 31, 2009.

Additional details are available at CRN News.

24/7 Monitoring Agent will be Required
Starting in 2009, the Ferreira Group will require that all clients obtain our 24/7 Monitoring Agent. This service provides many benefits and protects your computers against the increasing number of security threats.

Clients with the agent installed have been able to benefit from it’s ability to:
• Deploy patches automatically
• Provide the Ferreira Group with remote access
• Reduce downtime and increase productivity
We are looking forward to discussing the other advantages of the agent and our increased level of service with you.

Thank you for your time and we value your business!