And you thought your patching was behind
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2005 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
20% of the DNS servers that form the backbone of the world wide web are seriously behind in their updates. CNET has the story, with all the gory details.
"DNS servers, which translate domain names such as "yoursite.com" into IP addresses, underpin the
workings of the Internet. In its survey, Internet performance company The Measurement Factory
found that the BIND software used for domain-name resolution is out-of-date on a fifth of DNS
servers. DNS servers that run versions of BIND earlier than version 9 are "opening the door" to
pharming attacks--a kind of phishing attempt--through DNS cache poisoning, the company said in its
DNS cache poisoning involves hacking into DNS servers and replacing the numeric IP addresses of
legitimate Web sites with those of malicious sites. Internet users are then redirected to fake Web
pages where they may be asked for information such as bank account details or unwittingly have
spyware installed on their PCs."
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