Software Briefs: Spam, Sun One, SAP

Software Briefs: Spam, Sun One, SAP


Spam feeds success

Web and email filtering specialist SurfControl claims “a corp­orate spam epidemic” propelled its Australian revenues to a growth of 42 per cent in the final quarter of 2002. Managing director for Australia, Charles Heunemann, said enquiries for software to counteract spam had doubled during the period. The revenue figures represented a jump of 127 per cent on the same quarter last year and were driven almost solely through the channel, Heunemann said.

Hole in Sun One

Security specialist @Stake has said a module that ships with Sun’s One application server has a flaw which could be exploited by outside attackers, giving them control of the running Web server. The flaw is in the Connector Module, a Netscape Server Application Programming Interface (NSAPI) plug-in that integrates the Sun One Web Server with the Application Server. An overly long URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) in an incoming HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) request handled by the module could cause a stack buffer overflow, @Stake said. The flaw affects Sun One Application Server 6.0 and Sun One Application Server 6.5. A version 6.5 patch is available at No patch is available for version 6.0, according to @Stake, but there are a number of workarounds.

Plattner to step down

After more than 30 years at the helm, co-founder Hasso Plattner is stepping down as co-CEO of SAP. The company said 59-year-old Plattner intended to become a member and chairman of its supervisory board, where he would work on long-term strategy. His nomination to that board is subject to an election at the upcoming AGM in May. Accordingly, Plattner will also step down from the SAP executive board. That will leave current co-CEO Henning Kagermann as the sole head of SAP’s operations.

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