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Security Linux News for Oct 16, 2001

  • NewsBytes: Microsoft Rallies Industry Against Bug Anarchy (Oct 16, 2001, 22:26)
    "'The people who wrote (the worms) have been rightly condemned as criminals. But they needed help to devastate our networks ... It's high time the security community stopped providing blueprints for building these weapons,' [a Microsoft columnist] said."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: New util-linux packages (Oct 16, 2001, 22:10)
    "New util-linux packages are available that fix a problem with /bin/login's PAM implementation. This could, in some non-default setups, cause users to receive credentials of other users. It is recommended that all users update to the fixed packages."

  • Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated openssh packages (Oct 16, 2001, 22:09)
    "Updated openssh packages are now available for Red Hat Linux 7 and 7.1. These packages fix a vulnerability which may allow unauthorized users to log in from hosts that have been denied access."

  • IDG.net: German parliament considers Linux switch (Oct 16, 2001, 17:04)
    "The Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, is exploring whether to ditch Microsoft Corp.'s Windows in favor of the open-source Linux operating system, partly due to security concerns."

  • LinuxWorld.com: How to tell if your Linux box has been cracked (Oct 16, 2001, 12:06)
    "It's embarrassing to be cracked because you weren't paying attention. It's aggrevating to realize that some script kiddie downloaded one of many well known "root kits" or publicly available exploits, and is having a party with your CPU, storage, data, and bandwidth. How do these villians get started? With "warez," which often consists of a root kit."