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Security Linux News for May 29, 2001

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Security Advisory: WebTool (May 29, 2001, 23:03)
    "When the WebTool restarts a service, certain environmental variables are inherited which should not be, such as the token used to authenticate the administrator to the WebTool daemon. Anybody who can view the environment variables of a process can thus get this token, and potentially root access."

  • SuSE Security Announcement: man (May 29, 2001, 19:53)
    "Two vulnerabilities have been found in the man package that is installed by default in all SuSE Linux distributions."

  • Slashdot: SourceForge Server Compromised (May 29, 2001, 05:38)
    Slashdot's reporting that a system on SourceForge was compromised. At this point, no mention is made of the issue on the site's front page, and the mail sent out to developers who may have been affected simply notes that potentially compromised passwords have been randomized.

  • Interactive Week: Insurer Considers Microsoft NT High-Risk (May 29, 2001, 03:22)
    This isn't the first time we've linked to a story about J.S. Wurzler Underwriting Managers: they turned up on The Register over a month ago. This article provides a little more depth, and a few choice quotes from the company and others regarding why Linux is a good choice to make if the 25% increase the company charges NT shops for "hacking insurance" isn't incentive enough.