Magazine article Security Management

Tool Talk: BackOfficer Friendly

Magazine article Security Management

Tool Talk: BackOfficer Friendly

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A certain type of software, known as a port sniffer, can help system administrators discover which services on their corporate network represent a vulnerability through which they might experience an attack on the system. But such software cannot always reveal whether outsiders are probing the system in search of those vulnerable points.

To fill that void, Network Flight Record, Inc., headed by Marcus Ranum, has introduced BackOfficer Friendly, a spoofing server service that can tell a company when the corporate network's ports have been scanned by an outsider. It can pretend to be a normal server and respond to requests, while recording the IP address of the intruding system as well as the operations and commands sent. Ranum says the tool is meant as a diagnostic, "informational" tool, not as a means of providing the proactive safeguards of a firewall.

The tool is one of many that have been produced in recent months as a response to such notorious hacker tools as BackOrifice, software that can remotely monitor and operate a computer (see "Tech Talk" September). …

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