Yahoo! Instant Messenger (YIM) is a widely used program for
communicating with other users over the Internet. YIM has a feature
named Archive used to store all instant messaging communications
including offline messages, alerts messages, conference messages. An
attacker with access to victim's computer can easily read these messages.
MySQL is one of the most popular databases on the Internet and it is often used in conjunction with PHP. Besides its undoubted advantages such as easy of use and relatively high performance, MySQL offers simple but very effective security mechanisms. Unfortunately, the default installation of MySQL, and in particular the empty root password and the potential vulnerability to buffer overflow attacks, makes the database an easy target for attacks.
Computer security experts and law enforcement officials are struggling to understand the motives of a mysterious software author who appears intent on prying open many of the electronic locks on the Internet.
U.S. cyber investigators have identified a teenager as one author of a damaging virus-like infection unleashed weeks ago on the Internet and plan to arrest him early Friday, a U.S. official confirmed.
The 18-year-old was accused of writing a version of the damaging "Blaster" computer infection that spread quickly across the Internet, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official asked that further identifying information about the teenager not be disclosed until the arrest.
Several versions of the popular open-source mail transfer agent Sendmail are vulnerable to remote denial-of-service attacks, according to an alert issued by the FreeBSD Project.
Sendmail versions 8.12.0 through 8.12.8 are susceptible to remote exploit of a vulnerability in the code that implements DNS (domain name system) maps. An attacker sending a malformed DNS reply packet could cause Sendmail to call "free ()" on an uninitialized pointer. Such a call could cause a Sendmail child process to crash, said FreeBSD in an advisory.