July 30, 1998 9:30 AM PDT

Bucks from bugs

Security holes, flaws, and bugs in everything from operating systems and email have companies across the computer map donning exterminator gear to rid their products of pests. Even firms that aren't bug-ridden themselves are seizing the opportunity to cash in on others' need to eradicate the software insects.

Security firms target email flaw
update As Microsoft and Netscape attempt to patch a security hole in their email packages, smaller firms are cashing in on the problem by offering their own solutions.

Eudora free from email flaw
Qualcomm says its popular email program, Eudora, is not susceptible to the security flaw affecting Microsoft and Netscape's email software.

Microsoft: Email patch flawed
update Microsoft warns that the patch intended to fix a security hole in its Outlook Express email program does not fix a related problem.

Number of Mac viruses expanding
There's a dark side to Apple's resurgence: Viruses and other programs designed to inflict damage on Macs are making a comeback too.

Email security flaw discovered
update A security hole in three email programs has been identified by researchers, raising the possibility that hordes of users may have to upgrade their software.

Serious NT bug emerges
update A flaw in Microsoft's business OS allows a network user, and potentially anyone with Internet access, to impersonate a system administrator.

Xing seeks exit in bug battle
update The firm appears to be seeking a graceful exit to the heated bug battle between RealNetworks and Microsoft that erupted last week.

Security bug in Microsoft Exchange
A security hole in Microsoft Exchange versions 5.0 and 5.5 could be exploited to crash the server if it is connected to the Internet.


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