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Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team Protects Users from Latest Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Wokingham, UK – 12th November 2008 – Open source innovator and SNORT® creator, Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), a leader in Enterprise Threat Management, announced that the Sourcefire® Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) has delivered rules to protect Sourcefire customers and Snort users from the two Microsoft vulnerabilities disclosed today. These vulnerabilities impact Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.

“While the number of vulnerabilities announced this month are relatively small, they can have significant impact on users’ networks, which underscores the need for organizations to proactively secure their systems,” said Matt Watchinski, Senior Director of the Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team. “Sourcefire’s participation in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) helps us to quickly deliver protection for the latest threats, so that our customers receive the best possible protection.”

The Sourcefire VRT created, tested and delivered Snort rules designed to detect attacks targeting the Microsoft vulnerabilities listed below. These new rules are included in the latest Sourcefire Security Enhancement Update (SEU) released today.

- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-068 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol could allow remote code execution on affected systems. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-069 – Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Microsoft XML Core Services, the most serious of which could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer.

About the Sourcefire VRT

The Sourcefire VRT is a group of leading edge intrusion detection and prevention experts working to proactively discover, assess and respond to the latest trends in hacking activities, intrusion attempts and vulnerabilities. This team is also supported by the vast resources of the open source Snort community, making it the largest group dedicated to advances in the network security industry.

About Sourcefire

Sourcefire, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIRE), Snort creator and open source innovator, is a world leader in Enterprise Threat Management (ETM) solutions. Sourcefire is transforming the way Global 2000 organizations and government agencies manage and minimize network security risks with its 3D Approach – Discover, Determine, Defend – to securing real networks. This ETM approach equips customers with an efficient and effective layered security defense – protecting network assets before, during and after an attack. Through the years, Sourcefire has been consistently recognized for its innovation and industry leadership by customers, media and industry analysts alike – with more than 40 awards and accolades. Today, the names Sourcefire and founder Martin Roesch have grown synonymous with innovation and network security intelligence. For more information about Sourcefire, please visit

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Paula Elliott
Managing Director
C8 Consulting Ltd
+44 (0) 118 9001132 /+44 (0) 7894 339645

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