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ZDNet UK: Free Software Servers Breached

Aug 14, 2003, 15:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]

"The GNU Project, which develops many of the components in the Linux operating system, said this week that the system housing its primary download servers has been compromised by an attacker. The project urged those who have downloaded software from the server since March to check that the source code has not been tampered with.

"Linux, an open-source operating system that dominates the Web server market, uses the compiler, libraries and other software that was originally developed by the GNU project. The project warned that the attacker may have inserted malicious code into its software, although it said all the code checked so far appeared to be intact.

"In an alert issued on Wednesday, computer security response organisation CERT warned that the breach could prove to be a serious problem. "Because this system serves as a centralised archive of popular software, the insertion of malicious code into the distributed software is a serious threat," the warning stated..."

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