Black Hat: Internet-wide problem to be revealed at conference

Organizers of next week’s Black Hat Europe conference are promising a security presentation that could impact anyone who uses the Internet, but no details have been released yet.

They say the presentation, due to take place April 16, will be as important as the one from security researcher Dan Kaminsky at a Black Hat’s conference last July about a widespread flaw in the DNS (Domain Name System).

Kaminsky’s research prompted a massive, industry-wide effort to patch DNS servers vulnerable to a dangerous attack that could redirect Web surfers to fraudulent Web sites even if the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) was typed in correctly, among other attack scenarios.

Black Hat’s Europe conference, in Amsterdam, will also feature cutting-edge presentations on security problems in Apple’s OS X operating system, the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and SAP software. Also, six new vulnerabilities will be revealed, along with 12 tools for security pros.

Details of some of the presentations are available on Black Hat’s Web site along with recent audio interviews with some of the presenters.

Black Hat Europe will hold training sessions on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, followed by two days of briefings.

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