NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE
This month's newsletter highlights a new case study focused on streamlining network management, and provides tips on using VanDyke Software(TM) products for automating remote logon and file transfers with command-line utilities. New releases available for download and evaluation include official versions of our SecureFX(R) 2.0.4 and AbsoluteFTP(R) 2.0.4 clients and beta versions of SecureCRT(R) 4.0, SecureFX 2.1, and CRT(TM) 4.0.
Recent maintenance releases of all versions of SecureCRT respond to a potential security vulnerability reported to BugTraq in July. The vulnerability issue occurs when connecting to an SSH1 server. All users who have not already done so are encouraged to upgrade to one of the new versions of SecureCRT. A security advisory page with additional information and download links has been published on the VanDyke web site:
1. Case Study - Managing Secure File Transfer
University Department Simplifies Network Management with SFTP Root and Access Control Lists
The school's IS Manager was able to simplify the process of providing end users with customized network access by basing privileges on their domain group or SFTP domain membership. This was made possible by VShell's multiple SFTP root configuration and tight integration with Windows(R) Active Directory.
VanDyke Software's server and client applications reduced the time and complexity of managing access privileges for staff, students and remote users, which used to be a manual process.
To read more about how the School of Biological Sciences streamlined management of user access, visit our web site at:
New beta versions of SecureCRT 4.0, CRT 4.0, and SecureFX 2.1 were released on September 12, 2002.
SecureCRT 4.0 beta 6
Do you need to secure your scripted remote logon and file transfers? Use VCP, the command-line utility bundled with SecureCRT or the SFXCL command-line tool bundled with SecureFX. VCP and SFXCL support simple file transfers with SSH-based strong encryption and authentication.
Two VCP options facilitate batch or scripted transfers. For example, the -i switch is used to specify a public key for authentication. This way, the batch file does not need to contain or make reference to a password, closing a major security hole. The public key can be secured using network privileges. The -r switch copies the entire directory structure recursively. A recursive copy command copies all files in the specified folder and files in any sub-folders.
With the SFXCL utility included with SecureFX 2.0 and later releases, the "QuickSync" flag can be used to synchronize two sites, or a pre-stored session from SecureFX's database can be used to transfer from one site to another.
To read more about using VCP with SecureCRT, visit:
To read more about using SFXCL with SecureFX, visit:
A complete list of VanDyke Software official and beta releases can be found on our web site:
Listed below are direct download links to the latest official versions of VanDyke Software products:
Current beta releases of our products are available at:
This month's pick was suggested by Dave Coningham, one of our software developers.
"Survival Is Not Enough: Zooming, Evolution, and the Future of Your
Company," by Seth Godin
"This book is helpful for improving your business sense, but I got
more out of it for personal improvement. I have been trying to 'zoom'
ever since because of it."
Publisher's Weekly wrote: "In his follow-up to the popular e-book 'Unleashing the Ideavirus', marketing guru Seth Godin uses Darwin's theory of evolution as an extended metaphor for how companies have to constantly change in order to adapt to unstable economic environments. 'Survival Is Not Enough: Zooming, Evolution, and the Future of Your Company' maintains that in these uncertain times, business owners have to constantly tinker with their marketing, products, and personnel, even if they've already discovered some successful strategies. While he lays the metaphors on a little thick, Godin's otherwise clear, crackling prose and real-life examples make the book an engaging read." (©2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.)
If you'd like to recommend a great book you've recently read, please submit your recommendation by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we select your recommendation, we'll send you a gorgeous VanDyke Software T-shirt, so be sure to specify L or XL).
"If you're a UNIX(R) user, think of SSH as a secure form
--Daniel J. Barrett and Richard E. Silverman,
"SSH the Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide" is available at:
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