Gartner slams MS security after latest flaw

Thursday, 3 October 2002, 11:26 AM EST

The latest flaw with a major Microsoft product shows Redmond is unlikely to have anything that approximates to secure software until 2004 at the earliest.

That's the damning assessment of analysts Gartner in response to a serious, but little publicised, vulnerability with FrontPage Server Extensions that emerged last week.

The vulnerability could be used in denial-of-service attack or possibly manipulated to run arbitrary code on vulnerable servers. MS has released a patch to fix the problem, which arises in a buffer overrun flaw with the SmartHTML Interpreter component of FrontPage Server Extensions.

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