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Computer Bug and Security News 9/3/05

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Here are some of the most significant bugs from the past week in the BugBlog.

It will be a long time before phone/email/cell service is restored to the Gulf region. The Coast Guard has a collection of emergency numbers at http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do (yes, it ends in .do) that may help in search and rescue, as well as other numbers that can be used to help look for missing people. Plus, here’s the Red Cross, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army donations pages.

An alert posted at SecurityFocus says that a bug in Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 9 stores usernames and passwords involved with LiveUpdates in plaintext and at a fixed location on the computer. During part of the process, this information is encrypted, but at some point the encryption is dropped. Bad guys could use this knowledge to learn the usernames and passwords, which could be tools used in future attacks. Read the original report at http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/409655/30/0/threaded. Symantec has updated their LiveUpdate to fix this. Read their bulletin at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/security/Content/2005.09.02.html.

A story in eWeek says that a worm infected the Creative Technology Zen Neeon MP3 players at the factory, and the infected products were shipped to customers. There were 3,700 players affected, with serial numbers between M1PF1230528000001M and M1PF1230533001680Q. According to Creative, you should be able to use anti-virus software to remove the W32.Wullik.B worm. Read the whole story at http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1854724,00.asp.

Winamp has been updated. The new version 5.1 has new features, but also a number of bug fixes. If you have been suffering from stutters during WMA playback, problems with the Sonic engine, or long MP3s having the wrong length listed, then get the update at http://www.winamp.com/player/.

See the BugBlog for continuing coverage of bugs and other things that go wrong with your computer.

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