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News - October 13, 2004

Hackers learn to attack networks with IM

'Shore up security this autumn' warns security expert

Security experts have discovered an instant-messaging tool that could change the way denial-of-service (DoS) attacks are performed.

Combining the open-source tool nmap - a program that discovers devices on a network - with an IM bot, hackers can infiltrate, steal information and carry out denial-of-service attacks on networks, says the director of security for Whitehat UK, Jason Hart.

IM runs over port 80, which is often regarded as a trusted port because internet traffic travels through it. Nmap uses ping requests and port scans to discover network devices.

Hart said: "The bot could send itself to 10,000 addresses, which could then attack one IP address. This means that 'denial-of-service attack' has taken on a whole new meaning. What's worrying is that this would look internal."

If instructed, the nmap bot is capable of a DoS attack by sending a massive amount of pings, a term hackers have dubbed 'the ping of death'.

http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39124902,00.htm

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eEye Upcoming Advisories - 2 left unresolved

In reply to: News - October 13, 2004

EEYEB-20040802-C
Days Overdue: 12
Vendor: Microsoft
Severity: High (Remote Code Execution)
Date Reported: August 02, 2004
Description: A remotely-exploitable vulnerability that allows anonymous attackers to compromise default installations of the affected software, without requiring user interaction, and gain absolute access to the host machine.

EEYEB-20041011
Days Overdue: 0
Vendor: RealNetworks
Severity: High (Remote Code Execution)
Date Reported: October 11, 2004
Description: A vulnerability in default installations of the affected software that allows malicious code to be executed with little user interaction.

Upcoming Advisories - http://www.eeye.com/html/Research/Upcoming/index.html

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CA First to Provide Virus and Spyware Protection

In reply to: News - October 13, 2004

for the Network Admission Control (NAC) Program

Computer Associates International, Inc today announced that it has joined the Network Admission Control (NAC) program and is integrating the Cisco Trust Agent with its industry-leading eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware and eTrust Antivirus solutions. When the products become generally available in November, CA will be the first security software vendor to provide both NAC-compliant virus and spyware protection.

By integrating with the Cisco Trust Agent, CA's eTrust solutions further safeguard enterprise environments by helping ensure that only systems in compliance with corporate security policies can connect to the network -- thereby preventing individual non-compliant systems from compromising other critical computing resources.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041013/nyw098_1.html

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