Microsoft has refuted reports that US programmers have found a way to breach security in Microsoft?s Windows NT operating system.
Jeremy Allison, a developer at Cygnus Solutions in California, claimed that he had not intended to blow apart NT security, but he had found a means for hackers to find their way into a corporate network from a remote location and retrieve protected information, which includes users? passwords.
The process involves sending a Trojan Horse or executable file embedded in an e-mail to a user. But when the software is opened the Trojan Horse retrieves decoded NT passwords and sends them back to the hacker.
David Bridger, Microsoft?s Windows NT product manager, said: ?I would contest that the same principles apply to both Unix and NT - both are prone to attacks if administration falls into the wrong hands. But, the e-mail would go to the NT administrator and for this to happen, he would have to be logged on to e-mail and click onto an unknown executable, which is against standard security procedures.? Viruses and Trojans are unknown on Unix systems.
Bridger said that while Microsoft took security issues seriously, it was not just a software problem. Users also needed to put procedures in place to address potential security breaches.
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