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Security Linux News for Oct 03, 2001

  • InternetNews.com: Microsoft Attempts to Tighten Screws On Security (Oct 03, 2001, 22:21)
    "Finally, Microsoft promised that the next version of IIS will be locked down by default and include an automatic, wizard-like tool to help customers customize and secure it to meet their individual needs."

  • LinuxPlanet: .comment: Bought and Paid For (Oct 03, 2001, 13:01)
    The old dictum about politics and sausages appears to hold true once again, as Dennis Powell takes us on a tour of the ramifications of the SSSCA, a bill worded so vaguely that it could either prove meaningless or criminalize Linux. To the bill's primary backer in Congress, though, it's nothing personal: just another day on the payroll.

  • Conectiva Linux Security Announcement - groff (Oct 03, 2001, 01:10)
    "ISS X-Force released an advisory[1] about GNU Groff utilities reading untrusted commands from the current working directory. Unsuspecting users, including root, could be tricked into running arbitrary commands on the system. Zenith Parse discovered[2] that the pic command (which is used by the printer daemon and others) is vulnerable to a format string attack which makes it possible to circumvent groff's safe mode and execute commands which would otherwise be disabled."

  • LinuxPR: Open Source Broadcaster Calls for Disney Boycott (Oct 03, 2001, 00:23)
    "We are calling for a Boycott of the Disney Company as an act of protest for Disney's participation in the creation of the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act" (SSSCA) legislation."