Network Security Roundup for July 17, 2003

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CNN: Microsoft Admits Another Critical Flaw17-Jul-03 08:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft acknowledged a critical vulnerability Wednesday in nearly all versions of its flagship Windows operating system software, the first such design flaw to affect its latest Windows Server 2003 software.”

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The Register: Trojan Turns Victims into DDoS, Spam Zombies17-Jul-03 12:49 ET

Story Highlights:“Antivirus vendors are warning of the mass mailing of a new Trojan program ‘Webber’ (aka ‘Heloc’ and ‘Berbew’) which is capable of turning infected PCs into pr0n or spam propagating zombies. Webber is the latest in a series of malicious programs that turn innocent computers into spam machines.”

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ComputerWorld: New Worm Poses as Microsoft Patch16-Jul-03 19:51 ET

Story Highlights:“Antivirus company TruSecure Corp. warned users about a new e-mail worm that is beginning to spread on the Internet and over the Kazaa peer-to-peer network. The new worm dubbed ‘Gruel’ is a mass-mailing worm that masquerades as a Windows software patch from Microsoft Corp. and as a virus removal tool from Symantec Corp.”

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The Register: Cisco Issues Network Security Brown Alert17-Jul-03 09:31 ET

Story Highlights:“Cisco warned last night of a potentially devastating flaw affecting a wide range of routers and switches. The DoS vulnerability rises from a bug in Cisco’s core IOS software and could cause vulnerable devices to stop processing inbound packets on receipt of maliciously constructed IPv4 packets.”

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Forbes: Trojan Horse, Meet the Home Office15-Jul-03 12:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Could having telecommuters put your office systems at risk? It’s not so farfetched a question. In October 2000, a hacker attacked Microsoft using an employee’s home computer as a springboard to computers at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters, where the attacker found access to secret software code.”

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