Red Hat’s Piranha bit by security glitch

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Red Hat's Piranha bit by security glitch

Security experts say they’ve discovered an undocumented back-door password in Red Hat’s newest version of Linux that could leave it vulnerable to hackers.

Internet Security Systems gave the vulnerability in the 6.2 version of Red Hat’s Piranha server software its most severe rating, saying it could allow attackers to destroy or deface a Web site – or possibly even take over the machine itself.

Red Hat has released a fix for the problem, which it claims is merely a flaw in the password protection for an ordinary, documented feature.

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