Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leader in open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, created a fix for a security flaw in Piranha, the high-availability clustering component of its Red Hat Linux 6.2 open source operating system, last week and issued it to customers within hours of notification by Internet Security Systems. The flaw, identified on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 19, was corrected by Red Hat that evening. An initial patch correcting the software was released to customers on Thursday morning, April 20. The flaw appeared only in version 6.2 of the Red Hat Linux operating system.
The availability of source code enabled the flaw to be discovered and fixed quickly. Corrections for security bugs in proprietary software often may not be available for two weeks or longer.
"We are pleased that the open source development approach enabled us to fix this flaw so quickly," said Michael Tiemann, CTO, Red Hat. "Software is very complex and sometimes errors happen in development. Some have incorrectly called this flaw a 'back door,' which clearly it is not. Software flaws happen, but with open source there's a vast community of experts who make it their mission to seek out and solve problems quickly. This is a perfect example of that process in action - within hours of our learning of the problem, we delivered a fix to our customers."
Red Hat encourages its customers to learn more about the rapid correction of any problem in the Updates and Errata section of our website. An update specific to the piranha package can be found at http://www.redhat.com/support/errata/RHSA-2000014-16.html.
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