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SF Gate: Computer Experts Warn of Holes in Net

Jan 30, 2001, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carrie Kirby)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"Newly discovered flaws in software used to transfer Internet files could wreak havoc with the entire network if not patched immediately, leading security analysts warned yesterday. Security loopholes in the software [BIND] that directs most online traffic could be exploited, allowing malicious hackers to redirect e-mail and Web users to any Internet address they choose, warned the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Covert Labs, a division of Santa Clara's PGP Security."

"A DNS server problem caused some of Microsoft's Web sites to become unavailable early last week. However, Microsoft spokesman Adam Sohn said that the company's recent Web problems had nothing to do with the BIND-related loophole or any other security flaw. In fact, Microsoft's Web sites are among the minority on the Internet that do not use BIND, Sohn said."

"So far, no exploitations of the flaws have turned up, but system administrators everywhere must race to install a fix released by the software's creator before hackers come up with ways to take advantage of the weaknesses, CERT said during a press conference this morning. A new, safe version of BIND can be downloaded from the Web site of the Internet Software Consortium (www.isc.org/products/BIND), which developed the program."

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