Network Security Roundup for July 31, 2003

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CNN: Experts Anxious Over Possible Net Attack31-Jul-03 11:02 ET

Story Highlights:“Experts are advising computer users with renewed urgency to apply a free repairing patch that Microsoft has offered on its Web site since July 16, when it acknowledged that the flaw affected nearly all versions of its flagship Windows operating system software.”

Full Story on CNN Microsoft Fixing Another Faulty Patch30-Jul-03 19:32 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft acknowledged that a recent security patch is causing problems on machines running the Windows NT 4.0 operating system. The patch, released July 23 and described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-029, causes the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) on NT 4.0 machines to fail.”

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The Register: Panel Probes the Half-Life of Bugs31-Jul-03 06:07 ET

Story Highlights:“Software security holes never die — they fade from the Internet at a rate of 50% every thirty days after a patch is released, according to the results of a study released at the Black Hat Briefings security conference.”

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The Register: Yaha Usurps Klez31-Jul-03 06:24 ET

Story Highlights:“Yaha-E displaced Klez as the most common viral menace on the Internet over the last month, according to Messagelabs. The managed services firm has blocked Yaha-E 367,158 times so far in July, relegating Klez-H (332,343 interceptions) to second place in its monthly viral charts.”

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InformationWeek: A Tool To Reduce False Security Alerts30-Jul-03 15:08 ET

Story Highlights:“False security alarms — warnings about attacks that actually aren’t attacks — are a burden for security administrators who attempt to use intrusion-detection systems to spot potentially malicious activity against their applications, systems, and networks.”

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