Contents tagged with Windows NT 4

  • Happy Feet tap along with Windows NT

    Posted by bink on August 10 2007, 2:17 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    The makers of Oscar winning film "Happy Feet" see no reason to upgrade their workstations beyond Windows NT.

    Michael Twigg, production resource manager, Animal Logic, said he saw no reason to move off of a platform that was still working -- quoting the idiom, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

    "We've done a lot of development over the years, we've been using it successfully for a long time ... we've got a lot of in-house knowledge using it. It's natural to keep going with what you know, at least in the short term," he said.

    Twigg stated though that the company is not tied to a particular vendor or platform, so if an upgrade occurs, the options are open.

    "It's a technology based industry, so we are always open to whatever is out there ... We will employ whatever is appropriate for the job."

    Twigg's comments came in an interview with Builder AU, after he delivered the keynote speech at Tech.Ed 2007, the largest developer conference in Australia, which focuses on Microsoft-based solutions.

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  • The Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 Threat Mitigation Guide

    Posted by bink on March 30 2006, 9:55 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Well, Microsoft still puts effort in old Windows versions...

    This guide describes how to harden computers that run earlier versions of the Windows operating system. It is appropriate for organizations that have various combinations of computers that run Windows NT 4.0 (Workstation, Server, and Advanced Server) and Windows 98, with or without later versions of Windows clients or servers. This guidance uses a fictitious company scenario (Trey Research) to illustrate how to assess security risks and vulnerabilities in a network infrastructure. It focuses on protective measures you can apply to Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 client computers and Windows NT 4.0 servers to improve their security in Active Directory environments. Send questions or feedback to us directly at secwish@microsoft.com.Download at source
  • Windows NT4 Holdouts Open to Security Hole

    Posted by bink on March 10 2005, 4:57 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Hundreds of thousands of web sites that continue to run the Windows NT4 face a security dilemma, with no public patch available for a vulnerability in a key Windows networking protocol. The critical flaw in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol could allow remote attackers to seize control of servers.

    Microsoft addressed the SMB issue in its February security update. But the monthly Windows patches no longer include fixes for Windows NT4, which is beyond its end-of-life and remains vulnerable to SMB exploits, according to an advisory from eEye Security.

    Microsoft retired NT Server 4.0 on Dec. 31, and now only offers custom paid support for the eight-year old OS. But about 1.1 percent of web-facing hostnames continue to run on Windows NT4, according to this month's Web Server Survey. Thousands of those hostnames are on SSL-enabled web sites which may be conducting e-commerce.

    The SMB protocol allows Windows computers to share files and printers on a network. A flaw in the way SMB handles incoming data provides an opening for hackers. "An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system," Microsoft says in its advisory. "An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights." Continue At Source

  • Hey there is an NT4 security patch released!?

    Posted by bink on February 9 2005, 3:15 AM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Today Microsoft released an update for Windows NT 4.0 that is being made available to all customers, even though Windows NT 4.0 support lifecycle has ended.  This alert is to give your more information on why Microsoft is releasing this update.

    On rare occasions when Microsoft believes that a broad range of customers are at exceptional risk, we will release an update. We've been clear that bulletins would be released after a product has reached the end of its support lifecycle, if necessary, to help protect customers if a level of awareness and malicious activity puts customers in harms way. In this case, the level of awareness and malicious activity around this issue prompted Microsoft to release an update (MS05-010) for Windows NT Server 4.0 and Windows NT Terminal Server Edition 4.0.

    Microsoft has no plans to release additional security updates publicly in the future. Customers should not rely on Microsoft releasing public fixes to keep their Windows NT4 systems secure.  Customers should evaluate the need for a Custom Support Agreement based on their current use of Windows NT4, current migration plans and business requirements. A full risk assessment will help customers identify Windows NT4 impact on their internal security as well as potential risk mitigation options. A Custom Support Agreement should be part of a risk mitigation plan when appropriate. 

    Custom Support Agreements for Windows NT 4.0 line of products are still available to customers that need them. Please contact your Technical Account Manager or Account Manager is you are interested in pursuing this option.

  • Solution Accelerator for Consolidating and Migrating File and Print Servers from NT 4.0 (1.1)

    Posted by bink on February 2 2005, 4:41 AM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    The Solution Accelerator for Consolidating and Migrating File and Print Servers is a set of documentation that provides guidance on consolidating and migrating file and print servers from Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 and Windows® Storage Server 2003. It details the benefits of consolidation and migration and provides technical information, recommendations, processes, build notes, job aids, test scripts, and a well-documented and tested process for consolidation and migration. The documentation includes the following components: Download At Source
  • Opinion: Microsoft shouldn't seek to bury NT 4.0. It should simply open source it.

    Posted by bink on January 22 2005, 4:41 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    To paraphrase a famous 17th century playwright: Alas, poor Windows NT, I knew it, Bill: An OS of many blue screens, of most excellent fancy: It hath borne me on its network a million times; and now, how abhorred in our collective memory it is!Whatever you will say about Windows NT, it was a very successful and prosperous operating system. When Windows 2000 and Active Directory finally replaced it, many NT-administrator types longed for simpler times — as when it was appropriately patched, it was stable, performed well, and was easy to administrate.But on December 31 the sun set on Windows NT 4.0. Server, with Microsoft ending pay-per-incident and Premier support for all but a handful of well-heeled customers. Microsoft is intent on closing the book on a significant piece of its software history.

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  • Microsoft breaks patch deadline to release critical NT4 updates

    Posted by bink on January 18 2005, 4:49 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Microsoft has issued patches for two critical holes in Windows NT4 as part of its January patch update.

    Support for NT4 officially ended on 31 December, but last week the company appeared to have backed down and offered two critical patches for NT4 server users.

    The first concerns users of Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1, running on any of the supported platforms (NT4, Windows 2000 SP3 and SP4, Windows XP SP1 and SP2, Windows 2003 and Windows 98/Me).

    The security hole concerns the ActiveX HTML help component in Internet Explorer. Microsoft said, "An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by constructing a malicious web page that could potentially allow remote code execution if a user visited that page. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system."

    Microsoft said users of Windows NT Server 4.0 and Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition not running the affected version of Internet Explorer would not need the patch.

    The second critical flaw concerns a bug in cursor and icon format handling that Microsoft warned could allow remote code execution.

    The company previously stated it would continue Windows NT Server 4.0 incident and security hotfix support until 31 December 2004. Support for non-security hotfixes ended on 31 December 2003.

    On its security site, Microsoft said its engineers had carried out the bulk of the work on fixing the vulnerabilities before the end of 2004 and so it had decided to release a security update for the operating system version as part of its security bulletin.

    The company said it did not anticipate doing this for future vulnerabilities that may affect NT4, but added, "We reserve the right to produce updates and to make these updates available when necessary."

    It urged users running NT4 Server to migrate to supported operating system versions to prevent potential exposure to vulnerabilities.

  • January Security patches are the last public ones for NT4

    Posted by bink on January 12 2005, 2:07 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    OK this is it, the January 2005 security patches included some for NT4, those are the last NT4  patches that are made publicly available! Thank you NT4, time to move on. [O]

    As Windows NT 4.0 is now out of support, security fixes for Windows NT 4.0 Server and Terminal Server will no longer be produced after January, 2005. Any security fixes that were in the process of being fixed during December for Windows NT 4.0 Server and Terminal Server will be available during the January, 2005 regular security update release. However January represents the last month security fixes will be available for Windows NT 4.0 Server, Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server and Windows NT 4.0 Workstation without Customer Support Agreements in place.

    Custom Support Agreements for Windows NT 4.0 line of products are still available to customers that need them. Please contact your Technical Account Manager or Account Manager is you are interested in pursuing this option.

  • Vendors Fill NT 4.0 Support Void

    Posted by bink on January 6 2005, 4:33 AM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Microsoft ended free public support for NT 4.0 Server on Jan. 1, but that doesn't mean users are left out in the cold. A number of firms have come forward to offer third- party services for users of the disenfranchised users.

    One is PivX Solutions, which today announced that its Qwik-Fix Pro product will continue to serve Windows NT 4.0 users. PivX claims its service protects users with its Active System Hardening technology that blocks the underlying vulnerabilities that attackers exploit via worms and viruses.

    PivX believes its solution is better than what Microsoft users were used to.

    "We absolutely think our security mitigation "fixes," which focus on blocking the root cause of Windows vulnerabilities, are superior to what was provided from Microsoft prior to Jan. 1, 2005 and beyond," Alex Tosheff, CTO of PivX, told internetnews.com.

    Microsoft, for its part, previously noted that it would be offering custom support contracts to NT 4.0 users. A Microsoft spokeswoman also said some Microsoft Gold Certified Partners for Support Services may continue to provide support even though it's no longer available from Microsoft. The spokeswoman noted that a list of support partners is posted on Microsoft's Gold Certified Partner site.

    Microsoft has strongly encouraged its users to migrate to newer software, including Windows Server 2003. PivX's CTO however doesn't believe all customers will upgrade just because something new is out.

    "There are lifecycle costs and other associated expenses to consider before upgrading," PivX's Tosheff explained. "It may in fact be less expensive to continue utilizing fully-depreciated computing assets in combination with the security benefit a product like PivX's Qwik-Fix Pro provides vs. upgrading." Continue At Source

  • Windows NT4 Still Widely Used As Support Ends

    Posted by bink on December 28 2004, 8:53 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    With just hours left before Microsoft discontinues most support for Windows NT4, many blue-chip companies and e-commerce providers continue to run their web sites on the eight year old operating system, although the last Fortune 100 holdout has migrated.

    Microsoft has retired NT4, which was introduced in September 1996, and will cease security updates on Dec. 31, along with pay-per-incident support. Microsoft recently said it will offer only custom support on to users of Windows NT 4.0 Server after Jan. 1. As a result, the number of holdouts running web sites on NT4 has been dwindling. Only 1.4 percent of web-facing hostnames run on Windows NT4/98, according to this month's Web Server Survey, down from 5.3 percent at the start of 2003.

    Retail chain Kroger was the last remaining Fortune 100 company on Windows NT4, but is now serving its site on Windows Server 2003 (IIS6) while using NetBSD for front-end caching or load balancing.

    The UK's FTSE 100 is not as far along, with six member companies still using NT4, following retailer Next PLC's Christmas Eve upgrade to Windows Server 2003. While Britain's banks have urged customers to update their computers, several large financial firms (including Lloyds TSB, Legal & General and F&C Asset Management) continue to run their public web sites on Windows NT4. Other FTSE 100 firms continuing to use NT4 include Tomkins, Allied Dome and BB&G.

    Another NT4 user is Diebold, the security firm whose systems are widely used in bank cash machines and electronic voting.

    Netcraft monitors over 23K hostnames for the top 1.5K Enterprises (Fortune 1K, FT European 500, FT Asia Pacific, FT Japan, FT Eastern Europe) on a monthly basis, providing details of web technology.

  • Windows NT 4 support to come at price in '05

    Posted by bink on December 5 2004, 3:29 PM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Microsoft reiterated on Friday that companies still using Windows NT Server 4 going into 2005 will have to sign up for a custom contract to get support. Microsoft is offering up to two years of custom support to companies still using the OS when Microsoft ceases its extended support for the program at the end of 2004.

  • Gartner: Microsoft Should Resume Patching Windows NT Workstation 4

    Posted by bink on October 17 2004, 2:01 AM. Posted in Windows NT 4.

    Microsoft may have kept its promise to drop support of Windows NT Workstation 4, but that's one the Redmond, Wash.-based developer should break, Gartner analysts urged Thursday.

    Among the more than 20 patches that Microsoft released Tuesday, none were for the aged operating system, which saw its security fix support end June 30, 2004. Microsoft will only release free fixes for OSes like NTW4 when a vulnerability is actively exploited on the Internet.

    "Microsoft is being shortsighted in not publicly releasing fixes for critical holes in NTW4," wrote Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald in an advisory published Thursday. "[It] risks a public-relations nightmare if an attack based on the unpatched vulnerability shuts down a major corporation or government agency."

    The pair urged that Microsoft "set a higher standard for the security support of older products" by extending fixes to NTW4. That's doable, they added, since such fixes are already available. Companies that have signed $200,000 custom support contracts with Microsoft receive security patches on older, non-supported operating systems.

    "Microsoft has already developed NTW4 patches for customers that have paid for custom support," Silver and MacDonald wrote. "But [it] says it does not want to give users a false sense of security by breaking its policy and releasing these fixes publicly."

    Microsoft should rethink that policy, the pair concluded.