Nmap has an NSE script, ldap-search.nse, that enables performing queries against LDAP ( Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) services. The goal of this post is to provide an introduction to using the script as well as a couple of practical examples. Continue reading
I think that for the rest of this year and early next year we are going to see quite a few challenges that will cause shifts in our platforms and user computing base. Some of these, such as the end of support for Windows XP and Server 2003, we have seen coming for quite a while and knew we had a deadline. Others were more along the lines of ‘yeah, thats bad and we will fix it some day’. Over the last two years these slow burning ‘some day’ issues have been fully ignited due to the Snowden releases and several SSL/TLS vulnerabilities turning the theoretical risk into practical and operational problems.
I don’t plan on going into too much detail here but what I want to do is to provide a list of some challenges that I think many of us will be facing over the next 12 months or so.
If you provide support for an organization or an external customer user base then you are likely still having to support machines running Windows XP. Microsoft mainstream support for Windows XP ended on April 14, 2009 and extended support ended on April 8, 2014 . This presented an immediate impact in that you could no longer contact Microsoft for support, paid or otherwise. The long term impacts will compound over time as security and operational needs require that we implement technologies that Windows XP does not support.
Unfortunately, so long as the OS is still working today it can be difficult to convince management and customers to upgrade. The intent of this post is to help make a business case for upgrading to a newer operating system by highlighting some of the challenges that XP users and those that support them will experience in 2015 and early 2016.