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Security hole in Network Associates' firewallUnix users of Network Associates' Gauntlet firewall software are being advised to install a patch to protect their networks from possible attacks. The security hole occurs when Gauntlet is used with Mattel's Cyber Patrol software, according to Network Associates. The combination of the two applications causes a "buffer overflow vulnerability", which creates an entryway for cyberattacks on the network, the company advised. The software patch to close the security hole is available for downloading on the company's Web site. The patch supports Gauntlet for Unix Versions 4.2, 5.0 and 5.5. The patch also should be applied to Network Associates' WebShield 100 and 300 series products, which are combined hardware and software bundles that include the Gauntlet firewall. Users of Gauntlet for Unix 4.1 are being advised that a patch isn't available for their software. Instead, Version 4.1 users have to apply a manual workaround procedure outlined on the Network Associates Web site. www.nai.comGateway, AOL tap Transmeta for Net appliancesGateway and AOL will use processor vendors Transmeta's Crusoe processors and Mobile Linux in at least two jointly-branded, legacy-free Internet appliances (IAs) aimed at providing consumers with easy access to the Internet. The Linux powered IAs will be sold direct from Gateway online, through Gateway's Country Store, or through AOL's Web site. Free deployment of the Gateway/AOL IAs through Internet subscription deals with local telecommunications companies is also in the works. Intel announced last January it plans to enter the consumer IA space with "multiple skews" of Web Appliances. The first Intel IA offering, a device with an integrated phone receiver and 14in CRT screen will run a version of Linux and is due for release sometime this winter. www.transmeta.com www.aol.com www.gateway.comHitachi eases business recoveryHitachi Data Systems has opened a new business recovery centre in Melbourne. The centre aims to enable companies to continue business operations in the event of loss of corporate facilities or IT systems, the company said. The recovery centre is used for both IT system recovery and provision of workstation facilities for customer staff and can work with, or in isolation from, Hitachi Data Systems' IT production processing centre in Melbourne. www.hds.comBig Blue releases virtual tape serverIBM has announced the new Virtual Tape Server (VTS) model B18 for e-business and storage area network (SAN) solutions. VTS B18 provides SAN data sharing among both open systems Web-serving platforms and S/390 enterprise servers. VTS also connects to Sun, RS/6000, Windows NT and Windows 2000. www.ibm.com

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