ISS slammed for 'selling' security patches

Tuesday, 30 March 2004, 6:25 PM EST

Security vendor ISS has been slammed for only providing security patches to customers who have purchased a maintenance agreement from the company. Last week, this left about 12,000 computers vulnerable to the Witty worm, which has proved one of the most destructive worms to be released for a number of years.

The Witty worm started to spread less than two days after a flaw in Internet Security Systems (ISS) RealSecure and BlackIce products was disclosed. The worm is unusual in that it is one of the first worms in recent years to have a physically destructive payload -- it was designed to regularly write small amounts of data to random places on an infected machine's hard drive, which causes loss of data and eventually crashes the computer.

By Munir Kotadia at ZDNet.

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