Net security: Are we ever safe?

MSN Messenger's got worms, browsers have holes. What are experts doing about it? Meanwhile, Microsoft and a security firm duke it out over alleged security concerns.

CNET News staff
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Many technology titans claim that security is a top priority. But how far have we really come in solving security problems? MSN Messenger suffers from a worm attack, and a software flaw could leave the core of the Internet open to hackers. Meanwhile, Microsoft and a security firm duke it out over an alleged .Net flaw. "Flawed" code debate heats up
Cigital's assertion that a Microsoft .Net feature has a flaw morphed into an argument over whether the giant is doing enough to secure its code.
February 15, 2002 
Microsoft tool: Broken, or not?
A weakness in Visual C++.Net's compiler could lead developers to write programs that are vulnerable to attack, says security specialist Cigital.
February 14, 2002 
Security warning under scrutiny
Vulnerability experts question why Cigital publicized a minor security flaw in a Microsoft tool after giving Microsoft only 12 hours' notice.
February 14, 2002 
Gateway peddles security to masses
New services are meant to defend office and home networks from hackers and viruses and will filter out inappropriate Web content for children.
February 14, 2002 
Worm exploits MSN Messenger
The worm replicates itself by sending messages to other MSN Messenger users but doesn't otherwise damage PCs, experts say.
February 14, 2002 

previous coverage
Flaws in common software threaten Net
A security watchdog warns that software slip-ups in a fundamental language of the Internet could leave it in danger of disruption.
February 12, 2002 
Microsoft plugs six browser holes
The company releases a collection of software fixes to remedy security problems, including one that could be exploited to take over a victim's computer.
February 11, 2002