"A critical flaw in Sendmail, the Internet's most popular e-mail
server, has become the first test for the newly minted Department
of Homeland Security and its cyberdefense arm.
"The DHS's Directorate of Information Analysis and
Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) worked with security company
Internet Security Systems, which discovered the flaw, and Sendmail
Inc. to create a patch while keeping news of the issue from leaking
to those who might exploit the vulnerability.
"'Working with the private sector, we alerted key owners of the
vulnerable software and got them talking,' said David Wray,
spokesman for the IAIP Directorate. 'We think this is a great
example of how this should, and does, work...'"