Stories by Sam Costello

  • MS fixes tool flaw; another appears in SQL Server

    A security vulnerability in a tool used by developers and select customers to download software from Microsoft Web sites could allow an attacker to take over vulnerable systems, according to a security alert distributed by Microsoft to some developers on Tuesday.

  • WatchGuard unveils a trio of SOHO appliances

    WatchGuard Technologies on Monday announced the addition of three new small office/home office (SOHO) combination firewall/virtual private network (VPN) appliances to its line of Firebox systems.

  • Adobe, Macromedia kiss and make up

    Adobe Systems and Macromedia have settled their long-running patent disputes. Terms of the settlement, which covers all outstanding suits between the companies, were not disclosed, but the companies said in a statement that their customers would not be affected.

  • Symantec to buy SecurityFocus, Riptech, Recourse

    Security vendor Symantec announced three high-profile acquisitions late Wednesday at the same time it reported its financial results for the second quarter 2002. Symantec will acquire SecurityFocus, Riptech and Recourse Technologies for a total of about $US355 million in cash, the company said.

  • Symantec to buy SecurityFocus, Riptech, Recourse

    Security vendor Symantec announced three high-profile acquisitions late Wednesday at the same time it reported its financial results for the second quarter 2002. Symantec will acquire SecurityFocus, Riptech and Recourse Technologies for a total of about US$355 million in cash, the company said.

  • McAfee.com recommends 'no' vote on NAI deal

    The special committee of the board of directors of McAfee.com has recommended that its shareholders vote against the proposed deal in which parent company Network Associates would have purchased the 25 per cent of shares in McAfee.com that it does not already own.

  • Check Point to bring software to 64-bit HP-UX

    Check Point Software Technologies has announced a deal with Hewlett-Packard (HP) that will see the two companies work together to port a number of Check Point security products to HP operating systems. HP will also resell Check Point products to its customers.

  • McAfee.com advises shareholders to wait on NAI offer

    McAfee.com's special committee of its board of directors, which is evaluating the buyout offer made by parent company Network Associates on Monday, advised the company's shareholders on Tuesday not to take any action on the offer and to await the board's vote on the matter.

  • Network Associates tries again for McAfee.com

    No doubt taking to heart the motto that if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, security software firm Network Associates (NAI) is trying for a third time to acquire the 25 per cent of McAfee.com that it does not already own.

  • SEC sues WorldCom for fraud

    The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Southern District of New York against WorldCom, charging the company with fraud and asking a court to block the destruction of documents and the payment of extraordinary bonuses to executives.

  • Apache exploit circulating, users urged to patch

    If users have put off patching their Apache Web servers against the vulnerability discovered on Monday, they should wait no longer, as an exploit to attack the security hole is now circulating on the Internet, according to Oliver Friedrichs, director of engineering at SecurityFocus.