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Security Linux News for Jun 10, 2001

  • Debian Security Advisory: exim printf format attack (Jun 10, 2001, 20:37)
    "Megyer Laszlo found a printf format bug in the exim mail transfer agent. The code that checks the header syntax of an email logs an error without protecting itself against printf format attacks."

  • Building blocks to security: Passwords -- the first line of defense (Jun 10, 2001, 16:30)
    Until we all have retinal scanners mounted on our PC's, passwords are going to be a fact of life. This article says that people are making the same sort of mistakes they've been making with regard to passwords for over a decade, and offers some insight into ways to manage the ever-growing number of logins people have to juggle to get around their computing environment.