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First aid for software flaws

RealNetworks issues a media player patch only to retract it, while Sun Microsystems set out to remedy a glitch in its Solaris operating system.

Software makers continue to scrub up for surgery to repair vulnerabilities in their programs. Most recently, RealNetworks issued a media player patch only to retract it, while Sun Microsystems has set out to remedy a glitch in its Solaris operating system.


update The streaming technology company issues a patch aimed to fix flaws in its popular media player software then pulls it after a developer says the fix doesn't work.
November 26, 2002


A hole in the software that handles desktop fonts in Solaris setups could leave workstations and servers based on the Sun operating system open to attack.
November 26, 2002

previous coverage

The questionable handling of a fix for a recent widespread software vulnerability has some administrators worried that developers can't be trusted to make security a top priority.
November 21, 2002


A software bug in a common component of Microsoft Web servers and Internet Explorer could leave millions of servers and home PCs open to attack.
November 20, 2002