Zlib Security Bug Continues to Be Addressed

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-07-10 Print this article Print

Microsoft now says that no supported Microsoft operating system is vulnerable to the problem, and Linux vendors are continuing to issue patches for their programs.

Vendors are continuing to address a security hole in the very popular Zlib data compression library. Zlib is used in many third-party programs, and it is distributed with many operating systems, including most Linux and BSD distributions. It is also used by Microsoft and other proprietary software companies since it works well and is licensed under the Zlib/libpng license, a version of the liberal BSD license.
Because Zlib is so widely used in the background to handle data and PNG (Portable Network Graphics) image compression in both