Seeking copy of Dynamic Security Agent

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  1. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    A while ago Privacyware (the proponent of Private Firewall) produced a stand-alone specialized application called Dynamic Security Agent (DSA).

    DSA is now integrated into Private Firewall, and is no longer available from Privacyware as a stand-alone.

    Does anyone have the following information . . .

    1- What was the final version number of DSA when it was still a stand-alone app?

    2- Where can I download a copy of DSA's final stand-alone version?
     
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    Ans:- Product Version:- 2.0.10.29 & File Version:- 9.0.333.0

    Ans:- If you need i can upload it for you. Do lemme know if you want. :)
     
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    Thank you verrry much for the information. Yes yes yes -- please let me have a copy!!! *puppy*
     
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    Gimme a couple of seconds, i'll PM you, and will also post it here, so that if other people needs it, they can have it :)
     
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    Thank you Avinash..:D Is it compatible with Vista?
     
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    Yep it is compatible with Windows Vista (32 Bit)..
     
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    Got it!!! I am very grateful to Avinash for letting me have a copy of this golden oldie. It is still a strong security app, IMO, with a relatively small footprint.

    Herewith some links & history/background about DSA...

    LINKS---

    Tests
    http://membres.multimania.fr/nicmtests/Dynamic-Security-agent-tests/DSA_index.htm

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=179889

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=925697#post925697

    Other links

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=161400

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=924198&postcount=16

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=923155&postcount=10



    History/Background
    Dynamic Security Agent is a signature-less, anti-malware and desktop defense application. It has limited but nevertheless significant HIPS capabilities. It also has limited but nevertheless significant firewall capabilities.

    HIPS-type components:
    - Application Monitor/Manager
    - Registry Monitor (not configurable)
    - Process Monitor/Manager
    - Email Anomaly Analyzer/Manager
    - System Anomaly Analyzer

    HIPS-type behavioral checking (examples):
    - Attempts to access a protected registry area
    - Attempts to access a protected object
    - Attempts to Initiate a foreign process
    - Attempts to control Windows service
    - Attempts to create a DNS request
    - Attempts to initiate outgoing TCP traffic***

    Firewall-type capabilities:
    - DSA makes ports invisible to port scans and protects unauthorized entry the same as a dedicated firewall.
    - DSA also contains layer-3 firewall-capability using Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) technology running in the background.
     
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    Guys keep in mind that DSA will detect, block and quarantine known and new forms of malicious software and other threats, it does not remove the malware. DSA is therefore an ideal complement to conventional virus and spyware scanning software as well as personal and server firewall applications..
     
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    Thank you Avinash. And also thanks to bellgamin, for those useful links..:)
     
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    This page says: http://www.privacyware.com/DSA_Support.html
    Dynamic Security Agent 2.0 - VERSION 2.0.11.23, posted 11/23/2007 (Vista 32-bit compatible). But the download link won't work. I have a copy of 2.0.11.23 if anyone wants it.
     
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    Please upload it and give the link..:)
     
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    Thank you diceman and AvinashR
     
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    Got it!!! Thank you Avinash & diceman ~~~ :)
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    An interesting aspect of DSA is the fact that its "anomaly monitors" are unlike the monitors used by any other HIPS that I know of. DSA's anomaly monitors will set their standards of what *should be* (& should not be) happening on YOUR computer, and they do so based exclusively on the way YOUR computer is actually being used.

    For example, DSA's monitors will develop a wide range of data SUCH AS the actual cpu cycles and number of threads that are "normal" for each process on your computer. Then you can tell DSA how BIG a deviation from those "normal usages" should cause DSA to pop-up an alert.

    Thus, if a malware has hi-jacked one of your processes (or cloned it) DSA will alert you to it, even if the hi-jacked or cloned process manages to escape detection by any other behavioral-based criterion. As noted earlier, this occurs because DSA monitors YOUR computer's processes based on YOUR normal usage (as well as other factors such as process hashes, behavioral criteria, etc).

    In point of fact, DSA is not quite as powerful, on its own, as a full-on classical HIPS (such as Malware Defender or D+) BUT DSA's anomaly monitors can detect certain types of malware that can get by the radar of even the best classical HIPS. Hence, DSA is a good companion for whatever HIPS you are running. Plus, if you choose not to run a HIPS, DSA is a hundred miles better than no HIPS at all.

    A further note/opinion -- because DSA uses norms based on YOUR computer's actual usage and set-up, DSA works better for "average" computer users -- that is, folks who do pretty much the same sort of things with their computer, day after day -- surf the net, check email, do some correspondence, etc.

    DSA might be less effective for users who mostly mess around every day with a lot of UNusual things, such as testing malware, testing bunches of new apps with uncertified trustworthiness or poor stability (betas), and so forth.

    Another note- because DSA relies heavily on the norms for your computer, it needs several training days in order to compile those norms. Further, once DSA has compiled your computer's norms, it is your responsibility to specifiy how BIG a deviation should cause DSA to pop-up an alert. For example, if you allow deviations as large as 60% above norms, a pop-up from DSA should be a rather rare occurrence but -- when it does happen -- it usually will mean that something truly unusual is happening on your computer.

    Conversely, if you set DSA to tell you about a deviation as small as 15% from its norms, then you should expect to see a goodly number of pop-ups, & many of them will be "no big deal" (FPs).

    Yet another note -- if you are behind a router, DSA is enough of a firewall that you can get by without any other firewall IF you are not a tweak freak. If you ARE a tweak freak, then be aware that DSA does a decent firewall job, but offers little leeway for tweaking. If you want DSA PLUS tweaking, then have a look at Private Firewall. PFW includes DSA plus other HIPS capabilities plus it is very tweakable.

    Or else, go with a good FW+HIPS combo (such as Online Armor or Outpost) plus stand-alone DSA. Lots of choices. Lots to think about & play with.
     
  18. diceman

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    sg09 & bellgamin

    No problem. Glad to help out. I also have versions 1.0.5.31, 1.0.6.14, 1.0.6.27, 1.0.88 and maybe other versions of DSA laying around somewhere, not sure what use they would be to anyone though. I only keep them cause there on a cd backup disk with other stuff I want to save.

    I also found older versions of Process Guard and a few others too lol. Funny what you find going through old backups.
     
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