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Microsoft admits software `backdoor’

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Microsoft admits software `backdoor'

Microsoft has acknowledged that its engineers planted a secret password in a file in some of its Internet software that could be used to gain access to hundreds of thousands of Internet sites worldwide.

A company official described the backdoor password as “absolutely against our policy,” and urged customers to delete the file “dvwssr.dll” from its Internet-server software with Frontpage 98 extensions.

While there are no reports that the alleged security flaw has been exploited, the problem posed a threat to “almost every Web-hosting provider,” one expert said.

More details are available at www.zdnn.com.

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