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Users Thwarted in Attempt to Report HTML Mail Security Flaws

Wired News is reporting that a programmer in British Columbia found security flaws in the way email containing HTML was handled by Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Outlook. Although this discovery took place in 1998, Microsoft and third parties that tracked bugs in their software, deemed this problem "a privacy issue, not {a Microsoft Windows} problem".

The Wired News article is a pretty damning assessment of NTBugTraq, if the alleged response from the moderator of that mailing list is indicative of situations that they are willing to ignore. A lot of people within the Linux community are thought to be obsessive about security concerns. But, another interpretation is that they are "the canaries in the coal mine".

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