Feeds

Yahoo buys ancient WSJ FrontPage ‘backdoor’ report

Based on a true story....

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Yes, there is a screwy dll which makes it possible to attack MS Web servers running FrontPage extensions. And no, there isn't any bloody backdoor password scheme as the supremely venerable (just ask them) Wall Street Journal reported last April.

However, Yahoo Business News thinks it's got a real inside track into this, and yesterday posted a story claiming that Microsoft is on the verge of 'fessing up to the long-rumored backdoor.

We were highly intrigued, but thus far have been unable to confirm Yahoo's extraordinary claim. Indeed, the story has since been pulled, so we figure Yahoo hasn't been able to confirm it either.

The problem, so far as we can determine at present, is the same it's always been. The file dvwssr.dll supports the Link View feature in Visual Interdev 1.0, and contains an unchecked buffer susceptible to an overrun attack.

Systems affected are NT 4.0 Option Pack, which is the primary distribution mechanism for Internet Information Server 4.0; Personal Web Server 4.0, which ships as part of Windows 95 and 98; and Front Page 98 Server Extensions, which ships as part of Front Page 98, Microsoft says.

The easiest fix is simply to delete dvwssr.dll. You'll be unable to view links, but that's the only drawback. Win2K is not susceptible to the buffer overflow attack.

So relax; if it turns out there's any truth to this story, we'll alert you immediately. ®

Related Links

Relevant MS security bulletin
Relevant MS FAQ

Related Stories

Weenie jibe in FrontPage leaves MS web servers wide open
Microsoft mole spills beans on weenies

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.