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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM VANDYKE SOFTWARE®

A Monthly Newsletter – August 2007

VanDyke Software customers generally like to share their opinions – since the beginning you have contributed to software development with feature requests, bug reports, and beta testing. Read on to see how you can jump into this development cycle for SecureCRT®, SecureFX®, and the VShell® server. Otherwise, helping an ever-busy admin keep his or her windows straight is the subject of this month's forum excerpt. A primer on SFXCL follows, as when we polled our customer support group for current issues, we learned that the SFXCL utility was worthy of greater focus. Beyond that, you'll want to read the wide-and-deep coverage of the Black Hat security and hacking conference just held. For the corporate network managers, we have a link to a tool for IT compliance management.

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Contents
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1. Feeling "Testy?" Try SecureCRT And SecureFX In Pre-release
2. Call For Feedback On Upcoming VShell Add-On
3. Heard On The Forums: Display Hostname On SecureCRT Tab
4. Meet The SFXCL File Transfer Utility - Again!
5. Conference Report: Black Hat 2007 Las Vegas
6. Online Resources: IT Compliance Institute
7. New And Current Releases

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Online Resources
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1. Feeling "Testy?" Try SecureCRT And SecureFX In Pre-release
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Now that Windows Vista has been "gold" for several months, you might have a fresh hankering to see early release software. With the next releases of SecureCRT and SecureFX now in development, why not preview and comment on important new functionality?

Current capabilities needing evaluation and feedback are alpha transparency (application window transparency) in SecureCRT, SecureCRT auto reconnect modifications, and an editable SecureFX session address bar.

If you are interested in testing pre-release software, send a note to Product Director Maureen Jett at .

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2. Call For Feedback On Upcoming VShell Add-On
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Do the words "FTP over SSL" excite you? If you have needed SSL-based secure file transfer to address a requirement on your network, now is the time to come talk to VanDyke Software Development.

FTP over SSL capability, also referred to as FTPS, will be delivered as an add-on component to an upcoming version of the VShell server. Make sure our developers know your perspective and particular needs for this important new module.

If you are interested in testing this new VShell add-on, e-mail us at .

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3. Heard On The Forums: Display Hostname On SecureCRT Tab
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Forum user JonH asks, "Can I set the Tab name as hostname? I ssh to dozens of Linux boxes each day and I usually need to keep the connection open.... Seeing the IP on the tab doesn't really help since each box is only recognizable by its hostname."

Mike from Customer Support showed Jon how to run a logon script that displays the hostname as the tab name of his Quick Connect sessions, with help from forum member MrC. Here is the simple
command line that worked for Jon:

echo -e "\\033]0;$HOSTNAME\\007"

But you probably want to read the whole post for the big picture, which includes a cool VBScript from user Grunt11B that does a DNS lookup of the IP address.

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4. Meet The SFXCL File Transfer Utility - Again!
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You might have read about SFXCL in the newsletter, or come across it on our web site, but we think there are a lot of you who still have not gotten close to this command-line file transfer client. Here's your big chance.

SFXCL is a lightweight command-line client supplied as part of the SecureFX package which can be invoked so that transfers can be accomplished without any further interaction with the user. File transfers can be scripted or automated without the overhead of a full Windows application.

The following is a list of some useful tips from our web site on working with SFXCL:

You can also read more about SFXCL in the SecureFX help file, which describes the SFXCL syntax and gives examples.

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5. Conference Report: Black Hat 2007 Las Vegas
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The fast-growing Las Vegas meeting of the famous hacking and security conference was held July 28 to August 2, 2007. You'll want to check out some of the news and events reported on the SearchSecurity and InfoWorld pages linked below, as well as read the more analytic TaoSecurity blog post. Topics of interest include Firefox security, DoS attacks on Estonia, vulnerabilities in the AJAX web development methodology, Blue Pill hacks, Vista IPv6 weaknesses and the outing of NBC's "media mole."

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6. Online Resources: IT Compliance Institute
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The Unified Compliance Project (UCP) is the first independent initiative to exclusively support IT compliance management. The UCP parses and reconstructs complex corporate regulations
into a holistic IT compliance view.

To investigate UCP, point your browser here.

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6. New And Current Releases
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SecureCRT 5.5.2, SecureFX 4.5.2, VShell 3.0.1, and CRT 5.5.2 maintenance releases were made on August 15, 2007.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 5.5.2
  SecureFX 4.5.2
  CRT 5.5.2
  VShell 3.0.1 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.0.1 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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