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ZDNet Australia: Trojan Horses Plague Open Source

Dec 25, 2002, 04:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Gray)

"At least three commonly used open source software packages were altered by black-hat (bad-guy) hackers to contain 'Trojan horse' code this year.

"The three most commonly used packages affected were Sendmail, OpenSSH and tcpdump/libpcap. Others to be modified included BitchX, a chat client, and Fragrouter, a network security tool.

"In all of these cases, the unknown cracker gained entry to the relevant download sites and embedded the back door code in the installation packages..."

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