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  • Fred Cohen
    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
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      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
      version II.

      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.
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