[NewsBits] NewsBits - 09/04/01 (fwd)
- September 4, 2001
New Worms Seek And Destroy Code Red Amid a debate over the ethics of
fighting a virus with a virus, security researchers have separately
released two programs that hunt down and patch computers infected with
Code Red II. CodeGreen, written by a German security expert who uses
the nickname "Der HexXer," is designed to randomly scan the Internet for
servers running Microsoft's IIS software that are infected with Code Red
FBI warns as Unix web server flaw gets automated A worm called x.c,
which takes advantage of a buffer overflow vulnerability in the telnet
daemon program commonly used on Unix boxes, has being discovered, and
security experts fear it is a harbinger of worse to come.
Apache Web Server Admins Urged To Check Code Administrators of Apache
Web servers who use certain add-on software modules to control
password-protected access are being warned to shore up potential
security holes. The Computer Emergency Response Team at the University
of Stuttgart (RUS-CERT) reports that several third-party authentication
modules for the open-source Apache server could allow individuals to
submit potentially malicious queries to databases on the servers.
Senate To Vote On High-Tech Export Laws This Week On the first day back
from its August recess, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on the Export
Administration Act (EAA), a law that seeks to update export laws to
balance trade in U.S. high-tech goods with national security. Yet, any
momentum that proponents of the measure hope to gain from today=92s
early start isn=92t likely to last long.
Welsh Assembly blocks school emails Fears over children's safety on the
Internet halt plans to give Welsh school pupils their own email
addresses. The Welsh Assembly has halted its pledge to provide every
school pupil in Wales with a personal email address because of security
fears. Minutes from an Assembly cabinet meeting in June have revealed
that the proposal was shelved following concerns that children could be
individually identified through their personal email addresses.
E-signatures battle =91fear factor=92 "DOD to use GSA digital
certificates" "No more dotted line" At the Army's White Sands Missile
Range, electronic signatures have greatly speeded up the mail. Routine
correspondence is signed and delivered in a matter of seconds,
eliminating hours, days or even weeks of waiting for a memo in the mail.
"Basically, this is about trying to get a document through the process
faster," said Carl Saenz, an information systems manager at the New
Mexico installation. Rain, snow, bad traffic or distance no longer
matter now that signed, authenticated documents can be delivered
electronically, he said.
Gulf residents gasp for freedom in cyberworld In a land where sex
outside marriage can be punishable by death and women must be fully
covered in public, frustrated men are turning to the Internet. Beyond
the immediate reach of Saudi Arabia's religious police, the Internet is
the next best thing to sexual freedom found in the West and some Arab
countries. ``All that you can see (here) of a woman is her face if you
are lucky. On the net I see all,'' said 24-year-old George, a Lebanese
Christian who declined to give his last name.