"In one sense, the Feb. 26 hacks were in fun. Fluffy Bunny
stopped short of X-rated comments and no credit-card numbers were
stolen or business data damaged on any of the sites. But they
illustrate how escalating problems with the so-called BIND open
source code represent the single most common threat to businesses
that are increasingly depending on Internet-based techno logies to
sell their products or communicate with their customers."
"One of the weakest links on the self-governed Internet, the
Berkeley In ternet Name Domain (BIND) is the software that drives
nearly 90 percent of all domain name servers on the Internet. BIND
is used by DNS servers to resolve domain names, such as
dinosaur.com, into numeric Internet Protocol (IP) add resses. Each
Web site has a DNS server somewhere in front of it, though one DNS
server may handle the addressing for many Web sites. Sixteen root
DNS servers underlie all Internet operations, with roughly 500,000
DNS servers working on top of them. Of those running BIND, about 80
percent to 90 percent use versions that leave them vulnerable to
exploits, according to the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
at Carnegie Mellon University."
"The problem is not just the code, but also the system - or lack
thereof - for making sure that upgrades are made after new holes
are identified and publicized to everyone, including
"With no central Internet authority to turn to, advocates of an
open, unregulated Internet are at a loss to explain how the BIND
exposures will ever get cleared up."
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