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Sendmail flaw tests Homeland Security

A critical flaw in Sendmail, the Internet’s most popular e-mail server, has become the first test for the newly minted Department of Homeland Security and its cyberdefense arm. The agency’s Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) worked with security company Internet Security Systems, which discovered the flaw, and Sendmail Inc. to create a patch while keeping news of the issue from leaking to those who might exploit the vulnerability. “Working with the private sector, we alerted key owners of the vulnerable software and got them talking,” said David Wray, spokesman for the IAIP Directorate. “We think this is a great example of how this should, and does, work.” Word of the vulnerability, which would let an attacker take control of a Sendmail server and execute a malicious program, was more widely disseminated Monday. Full Story

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