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Sep 25, 2001, 00:13 (29 Talkback[s])

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"...The attacks, including Code Red and last week's Nimda, have knocked out thousands of Web sites, and briefly threatened to wreak havoc on the Internet earlier this summer.

They worked by wriggling in through known glitches in Microsoft's Internet Information Server. The glitches could be fixed by regularly downloading security patches from Microsoft Web sites.

Microsoft Corp. denied that its Internet Information Server is particularly vulnerable to attacks.

'Gartner's extreme recommendation ignores the fact that serious security vulnerabilities have been found in all Web server products and platforms,' Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said. 'This is an industrywide challenge.'"

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