Security disclosure debate reignites

Sunday, 1 June 2003, 5:37 PM EST

Online security consultancy Spi Dynamics has sparked a new debate over the responsible handling of vulnerability warnings with the release of an alert for multiple security holes in the Sun ONE Application Server 7.0.

The Atlanta-based Spi Dynamics issued the warning without the availability of a patch or workaround from Sun Microsystems. A spokesperson for Sun confirmed the existence of the security holes and said one of the bugs has already been fixed in Update 1 of Application Server 7.0.

According to Spi Dynamics CEO Brian Cohen, the decision to release the information was made after several unsuccessful attempts to reach Sun's security unit.

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