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A Monthly Newsletter – October 2010

Valuable customer feedback on SecureCRT® 6.6 for Mac OS X has resulted in user interface additions in the last two beta releases.  With the release of beta 6 on October 14, the 6.6 applications are close to official release.  Our fall IT survey results are in, with some changes in trends for network intrusions and outside security audits.  Continuing with a series of tips on using VShell® for remote administration, we revisit the RunAs remote exec option.  Finally, a recent scripting forum thread covers a variety of topics from heuristic shell prompt detection to reading data from an Excel spreadsheet.


1. Client Applications: Beta 6 Release Candidates
2. Fall IT Survey: Large Company Intrusions Increased
3. Tip: VShell RunAs Option for Remote Exec Privileges
4. Heard on the Forums: Edifying Scripting Posts
5. New and Current Releases

Online Resources

1. Client Applications: Beta 6 Release Candidates

As of October 14, the beta 6 official release candidates for SecureCRT 6.6, SecureFX(R) 6.6, and ClientPack 6.6 are available for download.

Mac OS X users of SecureCRT are encouraged to download beta 6. The toolbar interface was improved in beta 4 and beta 5 based on user feedback. Scrolling speed was also increased in the local shell, and Command key shortcuts were added. Remember that there is now a forum for SecureCRT on the Mac, which will continue after the beta cycle as the discussion center for Mac users.

Download the release candidates of SecureCRT 6.6, SecureFX 6.6, and ClientPack 6.6 from the VanDyke Software website now.

If you have comments or issues on the 6.6 betas, now is the time to get your feedback in. To contact Customer Support with comments or questions, send e-mail to

You can also check the latest forum posts on the beta releases.

2. Fall IT Survey: Large Company Intrusions Increased

Results are in from the VanDyke Software sixth annual commissioned survey of network administrators and IT executives. This year's results uncovered an increase in intrusions of large companies. The findings also show an uptick in the use of security audits by outside firms.

This year, the survey uncovered a reversal of the 15% decline in large company intrusions between 2009 (41%) and 2008 (56%), with 67% of large companies reporting an intrusion of their user machines, office network, and/or servers. This year's 67% is the highest since the survey began in 2005. Apart from large companies, the proportion reporting an unauthorized intrusion was relatively unchanged between 2009 and 2010.

Delving deeper, new questions asked those who experienced an intrusion to describe in their own words what they believe to be the primary causes of past intrusions, as well as the biggest risks for future intrusions. Hacking (14%), lack of internet security policies (12%), and employee web usage (10%) were top causes for past intrusions. In the future, IT managers are concerned about viruses (25%), hacking (17%), and employee carelessness/lack of education (12%).

Auditing by third parties increased 10% over last year (45% versus 35%), with 56% of respondents stating that these audits resulted in identification of significant security problems. Approximately three quarters (73%) of those enterprises employing outside security audits said the audits were a "worthwhile investment".

To read the press releases highlighting more details of the 2010 survey results, visit the VanDyke website.

Tip: VShell RunAs Option for Remote Exec Privileges

The RunAs Commands feature introduced in VShell 3.5 gives the administrator control over users' remote execution privileges. Less privileged users may be granted access to commands or scripts that would normally require administrative privileges.

The admin controls who can remotely execute a command, which commands they can execute, and what Windows user account context is used to execute the command locally on the VShell machine. Users issue remote commands with an SSH2 client such as SecureCRT or VSH.

To read the complete tip, visit our Support web pages.

4. Heard on the Forums: Edifying Scripting Posts

A recent forum thread related to scripting caught our eye. For VBScript users, this thread covers a variety of topics ranging from heuristic shell prompt detection to reading data from an Excel spreadsheet.

Join the VanDyke Software forums today!

5. New and Current Releases

Beta Releases:

Beta 6 releases were made October 14 of the SecureCRT 6.6 and SecureFX 6.6 applications, along with the ClientPack 6.6 utilities.

The SecureCRT 6.6 release offers cross-platform scripting with Python and a "Send Binary" file transfer option. The first version for Mac OS X systems delivers a full complement of advanced session management, security, terminal emulation, and automation capabilities.

SecureFX 6.6 adds the ability to limit bandwidth available to transfers and an option to set the number of parallel transfers allowed. ClientPack 6.6 improves the VRALib interface for COM and .NET applications.

Official Releases:

Maintenance releases were made on August 10 of SecureCRT 6.5.4, SecureFX 6.5.4, and ClientPack 6.5.4, as well as the VShell server 3.6.4, to address issues identified in previous versions.

Here is a list of the latest official product releases:

  SecureCRT 6.5.4
  SecureFX 6.5.4
  VanDyke ClientPack 6.5.4
  VShell 3.6.4 Server for Windows
  VShell 3.6.4 Server for UNIX
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
     Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
     Solaris 10 (SPARC)
     Solaris 8 (SPARC)
     FreeBSD 7.0 (Intel x86)
     FreeBSD 6.1 (Intel x86)
     HP-UX 11
     Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel x86)
     Mac OS X 10.2
     AIX 5.3

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