Open source apps attacked

    Date11 Mar 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3471
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Vulnerabilities have been uncovered in Sendmail and the Snort open source intrusion detection system IT departments suffered two serious vulnerabilities in enterprise-grade open source software systems last week. Top of the list was a newly reported vulnerability in Sendmail, which is a widely used mail transport agent (MTA). The second vulnerability was found in Snort, a popular open-source intrusion detection system (IDS). . . . Vulnerabilities have been uncovered in Sendmail and the Snort open source intrusion detection system IT departments suffered two serious vulnerabilities in enterprise-grade open source software systems last week. Top of the list was a newly reported vulnerability in Sendmail, which is a widely used mail transport agent (MTA). The second vulnerability was found in Snort, a popular open-source intrusion detection system (IDS).

    Last week showed how quickly news of vulnerabilities can be exploited to produce software that wreaks havoc on the Net. Within 24 hours of the problems being made public, an easy-to-use exploit program for the Sendmail vulnerability was posted on the Bugtraq mailing list. According to Bugtraq, default installations of Sendmail and Red Hat Linux are not vulnerable to this particular exploit, but firms that have compiled Sendmail for use with Red Hat 7.1, 72 or 7.3 are vulnerable.

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