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A warning about the security flaw identified Monday in the zlib compression/decompression library affecting Linux systems (see story) has been broadened to include Windows and any other other operating systems that use the zlib code. In an update about the flaw on their Web site, the authors of the zlib library said they have learned that the code is used in far more programs than they originally believed.. . .
A warning about the security flaw identified Monday in the zlib compression/decompression library affecting Linux systems (see story) has been broadened to include Windows and any other other operating systems that use the zlib code. In an update about the flaw on their Web site, the authors of the zlib library said they have learned that the code is used in far more programs than they originally believed.

"The use of zlib has apparently reached pandemic proportions," according to the statement from co-authors Mark Adler and Jean-loup Gailly. "Before the research in February and March of 2002 on this vulnerability, even the authors of zlib had no clue how widespread the use of zlib has become."

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