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[News] New Open Source DNS Software is Launched (BSD Licence), OSS IPDR/SP Collector

  • Subject: [News] New Open Source DNS Software is Launched (BSD Licence), OSS IPDR/SP Collector
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 09:11:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open source DNS server takes on BIND

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| Four companies led by Dutch non-profit NLnet Labs have launched an open 
| source, Linux-compatible DNS (Domain Name System) server. "Unbound," which is 
| also sponsored by VeriSign, Nominet, and Kirei, claims to offer a validating, 
| recursive, and caching DNS server that is faster than the open source DNS 
| mainstay BIND.    


VeriSign Takes Aim at Open Source DNS

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| Now VeriSign, the company that runs that .com and .net domains, is aiming to 
| provide an open source alternative to BIND, called Unbound. 


Another new one:

Active Broadband Networks Releases Open Source IPDR/SP Collector and IPDR

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| Active Broadband Networks, a pioneering developer of Subscriber Service 
| Management Systems based upon the emerging IPDR standards, announces the 
| availability of the first Open Source IPDR/SP collector and IPDR Re-exporter 
| for the Active Resource Manager.    



SUBJECT: Microsoft SWI blog inaccuracies

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| As you know, 3 weeks ago I published my paper, "Microsoft
| Windows DNS Stub Resolver Cache Poisoning"
| (http://www.trusteer.com/docs/Microsoft_Windows_resolver_DNS_cache_poiso
| ning.pdf),
| simultaneously with Microsoft's release of MS08-020
| (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-020.mspx).
| A day later, Microsoft's Secure Windows
| Initiative (SWI) team published their blog entry for MS08-
| 020
| (http://blogs.technet.com/swi/archive/2008/04/09/ms08-020-how-predictabl
| e-is-the-dns-transaction-id.aspx).
| Unfortunately, the SWI blog entry contains two serious
| mistakes. The first mistake is an inaccurate description of
| the PRNG used for the Microsoft Windows DNS client
| transaction ID. The second mistake is SWI's claim that
| "attackers cannot predict a guaranteed, known-next TXID
| exactly even with this weakness".
| I contacted Microsoft about those mistakes, and while
| Microsoft did not refute my statements, they also refused
| to revise the blog entry. On one hand, I am inclined to tag
| this as a simple unwillingness on the side of the vendor to
| revise its materials and admit its mistakes. On the other
| hand, I cannot ignore the fact that the two mistakes, when
| combined, result in misleading the blog reader about the
| nature and the severity of the problem.
| [...]
| This is in stark contrast to SWI's claims. Furthermore,
| Microsoft did have the full paper (actually, a draft of it
| which contains all the relevant technical information) well
| before the SWI blog was published. So the problem here is
| not an issue of SWI not having access to the paper when
| they wrote their blog entry.


Utah Pilots Open Source Infectious Disease Management System

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| Collaborative Software Initiative (CSI) today announced the release of the 
| first open source, Web-based infectious disease reporting and management 
| system.  



Microsoft preps 133 patches for Windows DNS hole

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| Microsoft is working on 133 separate updates for the problem, Budd wrote.


Microsoft DNS Server Attacks Continue

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| The concept enables malicious users to run code remotely under the
| system privileges generally granted to the DNS service itself.


Microsoft: Patch for critical DNS flaw may be ready by 8 May

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| The cmopany has been under pressure to address the flaw, reported
| last week, since software that exploits it has now been widely
| disseminated, and criminals are beginning to use it in attacks.


Attack code raises Windows DNS zero-day risk

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| At least four exploits for the vulnerability in the Windows domain
| name system, or DNS, service were published on the Internet over the 
| weekend, Symantec said in an alert Monday. 


Cybercrooks exploiting new Windows DNS flaw

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| Cybercrooks are using a yet-to-be-patched security flaw in certain
| Windows versions to attack computers running the operating systems,
| Microsoft warned late Thursday.


Microsoft's advisories giving clues to hackers

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| How's this for a new twist on the old responsible disclosure debate: 
| Hackers are taking advantage of information released in Microsoft's
| pre-patch security advisories to create exploits for zero-day
| vulnerabilities.


DNS security improves as firms tool up to tackle spam

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| Infoblox's survey found that the number of internet-facing DNS servers 
| increased from 9m in 2006 to 11.5m in 2007, indicative of the overall growth 
| of the internet. Percentage usage of the most recent and secure version of 
| open-source domain name server software - BIND 9 - increased from 61 per cent 
| to 65 per cent over the last year. Use of BIND 8, by contrast, dropped from 
| 14 per cent in 2006 to 5.6 per cent this year. Usage of the Microsoft DNS 
| Server on web-facing systems also fell, decreasing to to 2.7 per cent in 2007 
| from five per cent last year.       


Use of rogue DNS servers on rise

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| The paper estimates roughly 68,000 servers on the Internet are returning 
| malicious Domain Name System results, which means people with compromised 
| computers are sometimes being directed to the wrong Web sites — and often 
| have no idea.   


UK government launches open source CO2 calculatorUK government launches open
source CO2 calculator

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| Back in March the UK’s Conservative Party vowed to encourage the adoption
| of open source adoption if elected at the next General Election.*
| Today the Labour Party did its bit by releasing the code behind its new 
| carbon footprint calculator under the general public license.


Petition the UK Government to protect GPL software

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| Since software patents may threaten this fundamentally important freedom, we 
| propose that software published under the GNU General Public Licence (version  
| 3 and above) be given immunity from prosecution from patent infringement 
| under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act.  

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