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LinuxWorld Focus Turns to Security

Looking to counter Microsoft Corp.'s claims of security superiority, open-source software vendors are giving the battle against vulnerabilities top billing at this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

Red Hat Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., will announce an initiative dubbed Security in a Networked World, designed to address security issues across an enterprise network environment.

Hewlett-Packard Co., meanwhile, will announce its HP Virus Throttle for Linux. Virus Throttle spots viral behavior and thwarts virus attacks in real time without the need for specific signatures, according to officials of the Palo Alto, Calif., company. The new versions will work with RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and Novell Inc.'s SuSE Linux distributions, among others, company officials said.

An anomaly-based technology, Virus Throttle identifies unwanted behavior on a given network and then chokes off traffic generated by the anomaly, which could be a virus, worm or other kind of attack. This prevents the malicious traffic from reaching end-user machines.

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