Microsoft security under fire, again...

Monday, 19 August 2002, 12:29 PM EST

Twice in the past three weeks, experts have issued reports of security flaws in Microsoft products, and both times the company remained silent, making no immediate public comment and issuing no fix.

The lack of communication has left users wondering if patches were in the works or even if the reported problems were legitimate.

The most recent report, posted to SecurityFocus' BugTraq mailing list by researcher Mike Benham, explained a flaw in the way Internet Explorer handles digital certificates used in SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) connections to remote Web servers. Such certificates are typically issued and signed by CAs (certificate authorities) such as VeriSign Inc., which lists the Web site that owns them.

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