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PC Week: CGI script opens door

Oct 04, 1999, 14:36 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pankaj Chowdhry)

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"The Linux server running PC Week Labs' hackpcweek.com security test site was compromised last week, while the Windows NT server is still up and running as this story goes to press. That does not mean we're declaring Windows NT the security champ; it does mean we're declaring Windows NT easier to secure."

"The hack exploited a weakness in PC Week Labs' CGI script, not in Linux. To secure the Linux box, we applied all of the configuration changes outlined on the Apache Software Foundation's Web site (www.apache.org), along with the Linux How-To recommendations (available at www.linux.com). We did not, however, install the 21 open-source security fixes that are available for Red Hat Linux 6.0-a decision that was criticized by many."

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