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NEWS - January 30, 2006

by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 9:26 AM PST
Serious Winamp flaw gets fix
By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 30, 2006, 9:28 AM PT

Nullsoft has released an update to Winamp to fix a serious security vulnerability that opened up systems to remote attack.

The company posted version 5.13 of the media player online on Monday after Secunia and other security companies issued alerts about the problem. Malicious software exploiting the "extremely critical" flaw was already circulating on the Internet, according to Secunia's advisory.

The security hole, found in the latest version of Winamp 5.12, could lead to malicious attackers taking remote control of a Winamp user's system. Earlier versions of the media player may also be affected, Secunia said.

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ISP sends alert to Kama Sutra victims
by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 9:29 AM PST

By Tom Espiner, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: January 30, 2006, 10:32 AM PT

A British Internet service provider is notifying customers whose systems it believes may be infected with the Kama Sutra virus.

When a computer is infected by the worm, which also goes by Nyxem.E and other names, it visits an online Web counter that tallies up how many PCs have been infected. U.K.-based Easynet said it is monitoring traffic to this Web counter and sending a virus alert to every person who visits it.

ISPs have come under criticism for failing to responsibly monitor the data they pipe to home users and to share the responsibility for the ever-growing burden of virus and spam that is falling on businesses and consumers.

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180solutions drops suit against Zone Labs
by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 9:33 AM PST

By Greg Sandoval, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 30, 2006, 4:51 PM PT

Advertising software maker 180solutions has dropped its lawsuit against Zone Labs, a move that comes two months after it accused the Web security firm of unfairly classifying its software as "high risk."

Two months ago, 180solutions filed suit to try to force Zone Labs to change the classification and the wording of its warnings. Zone Labs sent prompts that told customers that 180solution's software monitored their keystrokes and mouse movements. Sean Sundwall, spokesman for 180solutions, suggested that the lawsuit served its purpose, as Zone Labs has since altered the classification of 180solutions software from "high risk" to "suspicious."

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Fortinet, Trend Micro settle antivirus dispute
by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 10:00 AM PST

By Karen Said, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 30, 2006, 2:16 PM PT

Fortinet said on Monday that it has settled a long-running patent dispute with Trend Micro over antivirus software. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based vendor of security appliances said that both companies have agreed to urge the U.S. International Trade Commission to dismiss its consideration of the dispute, which centers on Trend Micro's U.S. Patent 5,623,600. In August, the ITC ordered Fortinet to stop selling its Fortigate products in the United States. At the time, Fortinet said it would work on revamping its products to avoid any infringement on Trend Micro's patent, and estimated it would do that within three months.

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Security consortium forges guidelines
by roddy32 / January 30, 2006 10:27 AM PST

By Greg Sandoval, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 30, 2006, 6:10 PM PT

A new consortium of security companies has established guidelines for defining spyware and testing anti-spyware products.

The guidelines could help consumers determine the risks posed by new software and the effectiveness of anti-spyware products.

At a time when the number of spyware applications doubles each year, security firms are banding together to find ways to eliminate confusion about how to test security products.

"Few product testers currently document their test samples or methodology," the companies said in a statement. "Many use very small sample sets in their testing environments. As a result, there is no distinguishable benchmark for comparison."

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180Solutions Dismisses Zone Labs Lawsuit
by Donna Buenaventura / January 30, 2006 12:57 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - January 30, 2006 - Zone Labs

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