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LinuxDevices: Major X Security Hole Found, Plugged

May 03, 2006, 13:45 (3 Talkback[s])

"Coverity Inc., which makes source code analysis software, announced May 2 that the biggest X Window System security vulnerability of the last six years has been identified and fixed, thanks to developers working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Thankfully, the hole was plugged within a week, according to the company.

"Using Coverity Prevent on the DHS project, developers tracked down a critical security vulnerability in the X Window System, the graphical user interface (GUI) framework found in most Linux and Unix and systems. The X Window System also ships as an optional GUI with Macintosh computers from Apple..."

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