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.
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.
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
News.com's Michael Kanellos contributed to this report.
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what's this 'two-week period' bug he's refering to ?