Sendmail flaw tests new security body

Tuesday, 4 March 2003, 11:50 AM EST

A critical flaw in Sendmail, the Internet's most popular email server, has become the first test for the US' newly minted Department of Homeland Security and its cyberdefence arm.

The DHS's Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) worked with security company Internet Security Systems, which discovered the flaw, and Sendmail to create a patch while keeping news of the issue from leaking to those who might exploit the vulnerability.

"Working with the private sector, we alerted key owners of the vulnerable software and got them talking," said David Wray, spokesman for the IAIP Directorate. "We think this is a great example of how this should, and does, work."

The Department of Homeland Security got high marks from the security community for giving companies the necessary time to create the patch and for synchronising its release.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

New Zeus variant targets users of 150 banks

Posted on 19 December 2014.  |  A new variant of the infamous Zeus banking and information-stealing Trojan has been created to target the users of over 150 different banks and 20 payment systems in 15 countries, including the UK, the US, Russia, Spain and Japan.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Mon, Dec 22nd
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //