Thursday, October 1, 2015

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How to disable SMB1 for Windows 7 and Windows 8/10

The KB article at highlights how to disable various versions of the SMB versions for different editions of Windows.  To disable SMB1 on Windows 8/10 as a server, launch an elevated PowerShell session and use the following command:

Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $false

The following command can verify that SMB1 is disabled:

Get-SmbServerConfiguration | Select EnableSMB1Protocol, EnableSMB2Protocol


To disable SMB1 for Windows 7, use the following command:

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters" SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 –Force


To disable SMB1 with Windows 7/8/10 as a client, launch an elevated command prompt and enter the following commands:

sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb20/nsi
sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= disabled


Low Power Mode with iOS 9

Version 9 of iOS introduced a new Low Power Mode.  You’ll be prompted to activate it each time your iPhone reaches 20 percent battery, but you can also enable it beforehand.  This feature only appears on iPhones and not iPads.  To enable this option, access Settings – Battery.



Evil Foca

Evil Foca is a network attack toolkit for penetration testing professionals and security auditors whose purpose it is to test security in IPv4 and IPv6 data networks.  Requirements are Windows and WinPCap.

How to disable Telemetry in Windows 7, 8, and 10

Microsoft back ported some telemetry features to Windows 7 and 8 that were originally designed within the development of Windows 10.  To disable the service that is tied to this telemetry component, launch an elevated PowerShell session and enter the following commands.

Stop-Service diagtrack
Set-Service diagtrack –StartupType disabled


Zero Day Initiative

Zero Day Initiative is a web site created by TippingPoint to highlight outstanding security issues with various products.


antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy-to-install Linux live CD distribution based on Debian's "Testing" branch for x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old computers. The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux. It should run on most computers, ranging from 64 MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128 MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128 MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2 GB hard disk size. antiX can also be used as a fast-booting rescue CD. cheat sheets

The web site has several network-related cheat sheets available in .PDF format.