1/22/2006

ZoneAlarm phones home

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:31 pm

It seems that ZoneAlarm Security Suite has been phoning home, even when told not to. Last fall, InfoWorld Senior Contributing Editor James Borck discovered ZA 6.0 was surreptitiously sending encrypted data back to four different servers, despite disabling all of the suite鈥檚 communications options. Zone Labs denied the flaw for nearly two months, then eventually chalked it up to a 鈥渂ug鈥? in the software — even though instructions to contact the servers were set out in the program鈥檚 XML code. A company spokesmodel says a fix for the flaw will be coming soon and worried users can get around the bug by modifying their Host file settings. However, there鈥檚 no truth to the rumor that the NSA used ZoneAlarm to spy on U.S. citizens.

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/01/13/73792_03OPcringley_1.html

 

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