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The severe security problem with Netscape 4.07 which we mentioned last week has been repaired. Netscape released Communicator 4.07 with a fix for the problem. No word yet on whether 4.5_PR2 also has the same bug. The version of 4.5_PR2 on Netscape's web site has not been modified since September 18th.
The COAST laboratory at Purdue University has announced the alpha release of their Autonomous Agents for Intrusion Detection (AAFID) system. AAFID is a distributed monitoring and intrusion detection system that employs small stand-alone programs (Agents). It is intended to provide the infrastructure on which monitoring programs or intrusion detection systems can be implemented. They are requesting feedback from those willing to download and test the software.
Here is an update from the International Cryptography Campaign. They report some good press coverage, and 23 companies and organizations who have signed on to support the GILC Member Declaration.
On a more specific note, Greg Stark posted a note to debian-devel with a pointer to a recent speech by Canada's Minister of Industry, outlining Canada's cryptography policy. The speech is long-winded and Greg's note has already pulled out the relevant portion, so you may want to start there. Canada has certainly heard the word that restrictions on encryption are bad for business and the speech reflects their intent to make sure Canadian business doesn't feel that impact. Whether that will protect freely-distributable open source cryptography for the individual is still an open question.
October 8, 1998