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Linux distributions update for Web flaw

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A number of Linux distributors have issued patches for fixing a widely used program that fetches Web pages, called Wget, so it can not be misused by attackers.

Canonical and Mandriva have both released advisories of this vulnerability, as well as updated their software to a fixed version. Red Hat has not updated this flaw, according to the company website.

Included in most Linux distributions, the GNU Wget is a program that can retrieve Web pages and other Internet files. A widely used command line tool, it is often embedded in scripts and programs for automatically downloading large numbers of Web pages, which can be useful for indexing the Web. It also works with FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

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