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Hackers can tap alien intelligence screensaver

Postby kostyanj » Tue Apr 08, 2003 11:21 am

http://www.cw360.com/articles/article.a ... rID=1&sp=1



A vulnerability has been discovered in Seti@home, the desktop screensaver used by 500,000 people worldwide that runs a peer-to-peer scan for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Seti@home is a scientific experiment that marshals the processing power of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or Seti. Participants install a free software program that downloads and analyses radio telescope data.

The Seti@home software is packaged as a screensaver. While the screensaver runs, the software downloads, analyses and uploads radio telescope data from a data server at the University of California, Berkeley.

The screensaver software contains a buffer overrun vulnerability in code that processes responses from the Seti@home server, according to Dutch student Berend-Jan Wever, who has issued a security advisory.

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Postby adfgvx » Wed Apr 09, 2003 12:00 am

It should be emphasized that the only way to exploit this is to con someone's SETI server into connecting to you as if you were the SETI@Home server at Berkeley. In other words, you are still probably safe even if you use the insecure version of SETI@Home, not that you shouldn't upgrade or anything....
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Postby kostyanj » Wed Apr 09, 2003 12:10 am

It's always a good idea to have the latest security patches and latest versions of software installed. The reason this is posted is because it was found as an exploit.
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Re: Hackers can tap alien intelligence screensaver

Postby matthewforu » Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:42 am

Feels good to know that hackers can tap alien intelligence screen saver.
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