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IDG.net: Microsoft Calls Foul on OS Vulnerability Data 07-Nov-02 09:10:07 ET
Story Highlights:“Microsoft Corp. is responding to a report published last week by London-based security intelligence firm mi2g Ltd. that claimed the Apple Macintosh operating system (OS) and certain varieties of Unix are less vulnerable to attack than the popular Windows and Linux operating systems…”
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“The report, a summary of which was released to the public by mi2g, attributed 44 percent of the software vulnerabilities announced in the first 10 months of 2002 to Microsoft’s Windows operating system and 19 percent to the open source Linux OS…”
ComputerWorld: Government-Backed Software Security Study Takes Off 07-Nov-02 15:11:10 ET
Story Highlights:“The Air Force Research Laboratory this week awarded Santa Clara, Calif.-based Network Associates Inc. a $1.8 million contract to support research that may have widespread implications for the future of government and private-sector cybersecurity…”
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“The contract is part of the Software Protection Initiative (SPI), a government program focusing on cutting-edge technologies to protect critical software that supports national and defense capabilities…”
The Register: Data Security for Linux Power Users 07-Nov-02 21:59:12 ET
Story Highlights:“A couple of months ago I wrote a security howto for Linux newbies, the goal of which was to help people achieve decent security using easy and safe techniques…”
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“Now it’s time to address you power users out there, by which I mean people comfortable with the command line, using a text editor from the console, and tweaking configuration files — people confident enough in their ability to recover from unpleasant surprises to take a bit of risk with their systems in the interest of securing their data and their privacy…”
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