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LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Security Week - December 11th 2000

Dec 11, 2000, 09:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Benjamin D. Thomas)

"In the news, a few articles were released concerning broadband security. Is your DSL/Cable connection safe? A few of the articles include, "Five ways to protect yourself," "Broadband opens a backdoor," and "Best Practices in Network Security." Also, the next president was urged to increase government computer security to prevent a "digital Pearl Harbor." It seems as though everyone is talking about increasing security but not doing anything about it. What will it take? Someone launching a large scale attack, or security built into every product? Com'on, its time start! Most problems that occur today can be prevented with a little patience and education. The next time you see a vendor advisory for a package or os that you use, please, do me a favor and not ignore it. Security doesn't come easy, but its well worth the effort.

"This week, advisories were released for tcsh, openssh, bash, ghostscript, ncurses, diskcheck and pam. The vendors include Caldera, Conectiva, Immunix, and Red Hat. It is critical that you update all vulnerable packages to reduce the risk of being compromised."

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