Instant Messaging Security

As I upgraded my Symantec IM Security server last week, I thought about the state of Instant Messaging security. These thoughts are based on my experience with Symantec’s products. I only briefly looked at the websites of Akonix and Facetime to see what they could do. I’m not up on their current releases. When we …

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Symantec IM Manager Upgrade

On Saturday I upgraded to the latest release of Symantec IM Manager, 8.4.11. This version includes limited support for Microsoft Live Messenger 2009. Prior to this upgrade users with this client could not log into Live Messenger from our network The install went pretty clean. Before starting I had pruned the database to hold only …

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AOL Password Truncation

Brian Kreb’s Security Fix is reporting AOL is truncating passwords at 8 characters. I think our Solaris servers were doing the same thing until we upgraded to version 10. In fact, here’s a blog entry from the SUN Security Coordinator’s blog claiming that password truncation is a security feature. In other words, its a feature …

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Symantec’s IMLogic Acquisition 5 months later

Its 5 months since Symantec bought IMLogic. When it first occurred I wrote an anguished cry predicting woe. Lets take inventory and see what has happened. IMlogic IMmanager 8 was released the last few days of April. Not bad for having originally been on the books for January before the Symantec purchase. Of course I …

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Symantec to buy IMLOGIC

Well shit. Suddenly that decision to purchase IMLogic (the product not the company) is not looking so good. Symantec has just purchased them. When Symantec purchases something, its almost as bad as when Computer Associates purchases something. First I would suspect all development will go in the crapper while Symantec figures out what they bought …

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