Networks Associates virus scanner gives Microsoft Exchange autoimmune disease, businessWEEK.com

Networks Associates virus scanner gives Microsoft Exchange autoimmune disease, businessWEEK.com

Post by Daero » Sat, 14 Jun 2003 20:53:44



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Antivirus flaw downs mail servers
Michael Kanellos, June 13 2003

Companies failing to apply a long-available patch for a Networks
Associates security application risk being hit by a malicious e-mail
that crashes Microsoft Exchange servers.

In the digital equivalent of an autoimmune disease, Microsoft Exchange
servers at a handful of companies have crashed because of a flaw in the
Network Associates antivirus software that's designed to protect them.
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Originally, the affected companies assumed that the Exchange server
problem had been caused by Microsoft software. But Microsoft's support
teams assessed that the problem originated with McAfee GroupShield. By
Thursday, Network Associates had determined that software left unpatched
by its clients had caused the issue.
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In addition, companies constantly worry that the latest update for
critical software could break other applications that rely on it. Two
years ago, Microsoft had to release a patch for Exchange three times
before the software giant got it right. And last December, a bug in a
just-released version of the Linux kernel could have caused data loss in
systems that had seen a core operating-system update during a certain
two-week period.

News.com's Michael Kanellos contributed to this report.
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http://www.businessweek.com/technology/cnet/stories/1016608.htm
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what's this 'two-week period' bug he's refering to ?

 
 
 

1. Typical behavior patterns of Linux users -- Businessweek.com

"Stowell said SCO had no indication who was behind the attack or why it
was launched, but the Utah-based company has incurred the wrath of many
Linux enthusiasts infuriated with its lawsuit against IBM. SCO seeks
more than $1 billion in the suit, which accuses Big Blue of taking Unix
intellectual property to which SCO owns rights, and moving it into
open-source Linux. On Thursday, SCO Chief Executive Darl McBride said
Unix source code had been copied line-by-line into Linux."

"SCO's Internet service provider, ViaWest, told SCO that about 100
high-speed T1 data-transmission lines of network capacity--about 90
percent of its total bandwidth--was being consumed in the attack. "It
was a large, extremely well-orchestrated DDoS attack," ViaWest told
SCO."

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/cnet/stories/999584.htm

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