May 20, 2008

Alarming open-source security holes

How a programming error introduced profound security vulnerabilities in millions of computer systems.
Back in May 2006, a few programmers working on an open-source security project made a whopper of a mistake. Last week, the full impact of that mistake was just beginning to dawn on security professionals around the world.
...after a week of analysis, we now know that two changed lines of code have created profound security vulnerabilities in at least four different open-source operating systems, 25 different application programs, and millions of individual computer systems on the Internet.

Link: technologyreview.com

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  • Open Source
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