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From: cheekypeople at sec33.com (CHeeKY)
Subject: Can DCOM be disabled safely?

As previously discussed with you Paul, I am sorry but your policy of how you
update and what you do seems somewhat backward, havent you ever heard of
third party software or even weirder, making your own.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Schmehl" <pauls@...allas.edu>
To: <full-disclosure@...ts.netsys.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 4:00 AM
Subject: [Full-Disclosure] Can DCOM be disabled safely?


> Earlier today I posted some preliminary research that I had been doing
into
> the ramifications of disabling DCOM.  I reported that SMS was affected by
> it and several other things may be, including SUS, Group Policies and the
> Management Snap-in.  Since then, I have been corresponding with a
gentleman
> who has been testing disabling DCOM in a test environment.
>
> So far it appears that disabling DCOM will *not* impact the snap-ins, SUS
> or policies.  It also appears that it *may* not impact SMS either,
although
> testing is ongoing.  I just wanted to clarify this in case some had taken
> my comments to be the final word.
>
> Obviously everyone's environment is different, and what works in one might
> not work in another.  So proceed carefully.
>
> With regard to my comments about SUS using Windows Update technology to
> verify patches (and therefore being subject to false positives), I quote
> from Microsoft:
>
> "Software Update Services is based on the same back-end technology used on
> the public Windows Update site that has been servicing Windows customers
> since mid-1998."
> <http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/windowsupdate/sus/suscomponents.asp>
>
> Paul Schmehl (pauls@...allas.edu)
> Adjunct Information Security Officer
> The University of Texas at Dallas
> AVIEN Founding Member
> http://www.utdallas.edu
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