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Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
France
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Jul 25, 2008

Hi everyone,

I've come across this particular news item (on yahoo):

Hackers get hold of critical Internet flaw

By Glenn Chapman AFP - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Internet security researchers on Thursday warned that hackers have caught on to a "critical" flaw that lets them control traffic on the Internet.

An elite squad of computer industry engineers that labored in secret to solve the problem released a software "patch" two weeks ago and sought to keep details of the vulnerability hidden at least a month to give people time to protect computers from attacks...


Full text available at http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080724/tts-us-it-internet-software-crime-3c8ed92.html

I'd like to know if it is actually true. I hope not...

And if it is true, then where can we get this so called patch?

Thanks for your input.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:39
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You can get your DNS checked Jul 25, 2008

Haven't found the patch, but the article includes a reference to a website http://www.doxpara.com/ which has a button enabling you to check if your DNS is safe.

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 15:39
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It's true Jul 25, 2008

Ritu Bhanot wrote:

I'd like to know if it is actually true. I hope not...



It's true...there was a similar article in The Christian Science Monitor yesterday.


Amy


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Damian Harrison
Germany
Local time: 18:39
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Re: patch Jul 25, 2008

TVNZ, BBC and the Guardian both ran articles on this about two weeks ago. The way they explained it the patch would be made available to server operators and vendors - i.e. there is little or nothing you can do about it at your end. But I'm no super geek - so take that with pinch of salt, please.

You can find some more info on this issue here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jul/24/news.internet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNS_cache_poisoning

http://securosis.com/2008/07/08/dan-kaminsky-discovers-fundamental-issue-in-dns-massive-multivendor-patch-released/


The wikipedia entry has a link to a site that will check the vulnerability of your DNS server to cache poisoning.

[Edited at 2008-07-25 13:05]


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xxxBrandis
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proz.chat messenger should be arriving now... Jul 25, 2008

Hi! I have received something similar, but cannot check due to my current shift to newer premises. But a few years ago I had noticed a chat or communication facility on the domain level at proz.com hosting. If that takes a shape of a messenger form that would be fully domain based and would render 100% facility to all. My personal observation and opinion. BR Brandis

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Alaa Zeineldine  Identity Verified
Egypt
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What is the connection? Jul 25, 2008

Dear Brandis,

Brandis wrote:

But a few years ago I had noticed a chat or communication facility on the domain level at proz.com hosting. If that takes a shape of a messenger form that would be fully domain based and would render 100% facility to all. My personal observation and opinion. BR Brandis


Is there something that we need to point site staff to here? Can you be a litttle specific about this facililty available with proz.com hosting and how it relates to the vulnerability mentioned in this article?

Thanks.

Alaa Zeineldine


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