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Security Linux News for Jun 15, 2001

  • ZDNet: Opening closed minds to open source (Jun 15, 2001, 20:54)
    Open Source Development Network Vice President Richard French offers this column on the benefits of open source software: "After all is said and done, what's buried under all of Microsoft's anti-open source FUD is its own little secret: The Redmond Empire is quite happy to fund open source development when it suits its purposes."

  • Zero-Knowledge Says Future Plans for Open Source To Be Determined (Jun 15, 2001, 18:27)
    A spokesman for Zero-Knowledge has replied to questions regarding whether his company plans to continue to provide the source code to new versions of its products in the wake of its discontinuation of a Linux version and the move from free-of-charge downloads to a pay-only model: a shift not only in development methodology but business models.

  • ZeroKnowledge Ends Linux Versions of Freedom Internet Privacy Suite (Jun 15, 2001, 14:57)
    ZeroKnowledge, producers of the Freedom Internet Privacy Suite, have announced that they're discontinuing Linux support due to low interest in their Linux offerings and a "strong customer preference" for Windows. It also appears (though company spokesmen didn't answer definitively as we prepared this for posting) that the change in availability may also signal a move away from the open source availability of the product.

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: sysklogd (Jun 15, 2001, 13:52)
    "The Linux kernel logging daemon klogd distributed in the sysklogd package can be forced to quit if it receives a null byte in a log message from the Linux kernel. These updates have applied a patch from roessler at does-not-exist dot org to fix this problem."

  • Immunix OS Security Advisory: fetchmail (Jun 15, 2001, 13:30)
    "Fetchmail, as shipped with Immunix OS 6.2 and 7.0, contains a buffer overflow in the handling of headers. StackGuard will prevent exploits from granting privileges; however, denial of service attacks are possible."