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ZDNet: Virus patches aren't being applied

Jan 24, 2001, 16:43 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"Three months ago, the experienced system administrator put his newest Linux server online. Three days later, an intruder had taken control of it."

"'My first reaction was, How did he find me so fast?' said Hall, who manages the servers and computers for his family-run e-business."

"Exploiting a flaw in Washington University's FTP server, the intruder had cracked the server's security and set up shop. Hall's system--in this case, Red Hat 6.2--shipped with the software that contained the hole. While a patch for the vulnerability was readily available on Red Hat's Web site, like many other system administrators, Hall just didn't get around to installing it."

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