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VeriSign on Tuesday partnered with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and other technology makers to provide security for Web services.
VeriSign's new software tools, unveiled on Tuesday, allow companies to add authentication services for online bill payment or financial data exchange between companies, for instance, to Web services applications.
In June 2000 a hacker named RFP (Rain Forest Puppy) wrote the RFPolicy for vulnerability disclosure, which sought to create a set of rules by which individual hackers and researchers deal with security vulnerabilities.
For the most part this has been the de facto policy that hackers have adhered to and vendors have accepted.
It created a framework that allowed a working relationship to form between hackers, security professionals and vendors.
When a basic Internet protocol called SNMP (simple network management protocol) was revealed last week to contain massive security flaws that affect routers, switches, browsers, printers and fax machines, a new world of opportunity opened up for hackers.