Daily CyberCrime and Security Report for December 13, 2002

A daily survey of the latest cybercrime news from around the world.

Ananova: Microsoft Reveals ‘Critical’ Security Flaws 13-Dec-02 01:12:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft has revealed ‘critical’ flaws in its Windows operating system that could allow hackers to alter data stored in computers, load and run nefarious programs or reformat hard disks…”

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“In a security bulletin, Microsoft urged Windows users to download a new version of Microsoft Virtual Machine, which is the part of Windows that runs Java-language applications…”

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The Register: Cobalt Security Patch Creates New Holes 13-Dec-02 15:19:21 ET

Story Highlights:“A security-hardening patch for Sun Cobalt appliances causes more problems than it solves, the company admits…”

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“Install the SHP (Security Hardening Patch) on a Cobalt RaQ 4 server appliance and you make it vulnerable to attacks from crackers who could run arbitrary code on the appliances with root privileges…”

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TechWeb: RealNetworks Promises To Plug RealPlayer Holes 12-Dec-02 11:31:57 ET

Story Highlights:“Trying to plug the security holes in its RealPlayer and RealOne Player media player, RealNetworks Inc. says it will post patches by Dec. 25…”

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“Security issues have plagued RealNetworks in recent weeks as security experts identified numerous problems with the Windows versions of the players…”

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IDG.net: Sprint Pushes Tougher Security Policy for Vendors 12-Dec-02 18:27:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Sprint Corp. is crafting a policy that would require all software vendors that wish to sell their wares to the global telecommunications company to first conduct a series of security tests and then provide Sprint with the results of those tests…”

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“That’s the word from Sprint Chief Security Officer Robert Fox, who spoke yesterday at the Infosecurity Conference & Exhibition…”

Full Story on IDG.net

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