Software Holes Need Patching

    Date19 Feb 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    "We believe this issue is among the most serious the Internet will face," said Shawn Hernan, team leader for vulnerability handling at Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which monitors problems on the Internet. . . . "We believe this issue is among the most serious the Internet will face," said Shawn Hernan, team leader for vulnerability handling at Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which monitors problems on the Internet.

    The program is called the Berkeley Internet Name Domain. It's open source code that links a name, such as ComeToUs.com, to a numeric Internet Protocol address on a Domain Name System server, which directs users to the right place. With a few exceptions, Web sites have such a server in front of them running BIND and directing traffic. The DNS server is typically outside the corporate firewall with minimal protection and, thus, is a frequent target for hackers. Hernan said 80 percent to 90 percent of the copies of BIND in use contain one of a dozen known vulnerabilities.

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