Security problems relating to the unfettered use of consumer chat software on corporate networks are fueling adoption of tougher security measures and more commercial-grade products, users and analysts said. Ongoing concerns about instant messaging (IM) security were heightened last week by the disclosure of six vulnerabilities in America Online Inc.’s Mirabilis ICQ IM client software. Two of them are particularly dangerous and could allow hackers to gain full administrative control of a victim’s computer, according to Ejovi Nuwere, a security engineer at Core Security Technologies Inc., the Boston software company that discovered the flaws. A spokesman for AOL’s ICQ subsidiary acknowledged the flaws in the latest version of ICQ’s freely downloadable chat software. But he claimed that only one of the flaws, involving a feature that lets users open Internet e-mails, is dangerous. A fix is in the works, he added. Full Story
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