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LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Security Week, July 17th 2000

Jul 17, 2000, 11:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Benjamin D. Thomas)

"This week, several vendors released patches for packages such as: cvsweb, popper, canna, wu-ftpd, dump, dhclient, tnef, and Apache::ASP. Although most of these problems surfaced weeks ago, it is important that you check for and implement each update provided by your current distro."

"Privacy continues to weigh on the minds of many Internet users. Recently, the FBI's newest e-mail surveillance tool, "Carnivore," has upset many privacy-conscience individuals and organizations. While the FBI argues that there is no clear law that prohibits the usage of this system, some ISPs are already vowing to resist 'Carnivore' being installed on their networks. If you are interested in this topic, articles regarding privacy and 'Carnivore' can be found in the General News section of this newsletter."

"Our feature this week, "Jay Beale and the Bastille Linux Project," by Dave Wreski, discusses Jay's efforts as a lead developer for the Bastille Linux Project. He points out that security is an easier process if users are educated and understand basic vulnerabilities. He continues to speak about the "tradeoffs" that must be made to fully secure a system. Bastille helps users understand vulnerabilities and usability sacrifices."

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