Security flaw hits SETI@home

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posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 02:10 PM
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Updated: The flaw means that an attack could target any of the distributed computing project's millions of clients around the world
The project, which allows desktop and workstation users to contribute processing time to the search for extraterrestrials, issued the new distributed client on Friday. It fixes a buffer overflow vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of a computer just by sending specially formatted Web requests.


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posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 02:13 PM
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A new version of SETI@home is now available for download at SETI@home's download page. The new release comes in response to the discovery of a software problem, which could potentially leave computers running SETI@home vulnerable to hacking. The new version corrects the problem and protects SETI@home machines from attack.


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