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What Bush Knew Remains Unknown; DOD CyberSecurity is Questioned; Oracle Warns of Security Flaws

Jul 25, 20032 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

What Bush Knew Remains Unknown

President Bush was warned in a more specific way than previously known about intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda terrorists were seeking to attack the United States, a report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks indicated yesterday, according to a report in the Washington Post. The Post reports that two intriguing

and politically volatile questions surrounding the Sept. 11 plot have been how personally engaged Bush and his predecessor were in counterterrorism before the attacks, and what role some Saudi officials may have played in sustaining the 19 terrorists who commandeered four airplanes and flew three of them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. DOD CyberSecurity is QuestionedInfoWorld. The story reports that DOD has concerns about the amount of time necessary for correcting reported vulnerabilities, about training all its network workers, and about ensuring that computer security policies are distributed quickly.The U.S. Department of Defense relies too much on commercial software, doesn’t know who is creating the software, and faces other significant cybersecurity problems, witnesses told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee Thursday, according to a story in Oracle Warns of Security FlawsComputerWorld. The story reports that the vulnerabilities were both rated “high risk” by the database company, which provided software patches to fix each problem and strongly urged its customers to review the security bulletins and apply the patches.

Oracle has warned of two serious security vulnerabilities in its E-Business Suite product that could enable an attacker to run malicious code on an E-Business Suite server or view product configuration information, according to a story in