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Bell-Labs.com: Bell Labs' Free Linux Software Foils the Most Common Computer Security Attack

Apr 20, 2000, 16:42 (5 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Arash Baratloo for this link. ]

"Bell Labs announced today that it is releasing free Linux software that foils the most common form of computer security attack. Lucent's Libsafe software prevents electronic intruders from overflowing an application program's buffer memory to gain unauthorized access to a computer."

"Buffer overflows have been the most common form of computer security vulnerability exploited by intruders for the past 10 years, according to a recent report published by the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology (OGI) and funded in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)."

"Linux distributors Red Hat, Inc., Linux-Mandrake, Turbolinux and Debian GNU/Linux are working with Bell Labs to incorporate Lucent Libsafe into their software releases. ... Bell Labs is making Libsafe freely available under the GNU Library General Public License. Users and developers who would like further information and the Libsafe source code can visit ."

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