Borland makes patch available for Interbase customers

By: John Kaster

Abstract: Press release about the patch to fix the Interbase security hole

Borland Makes Patch Available to Interbase Customers

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. January 12, 2001 -- Inprise Corporation (Nasdaq: INPR), herein referred to as Borland, today announced the availability of a patch that will fix a potential security issue within the InterBase product, versions 4.0 through 6.0. Customers can download and execute patches by logging onto http://www.borland.com/interbase/downloads/patches.html. Implementation of this patch, will enable customers to correct the issue without any impact to the functionality of the InterBase product.

This patch is a security update for versions 4.0 through 6.0 on platforms: Windows®, Linux®, Solaris®, HP-UX® and also SCO®. For information on platforms not covered in this press release, please forward questions to interbase@borland.com and a support representative will work with you individually to create a patch for your platform.

"The problem was communicated to Borland just before the holidays by the InterBase open source community," said Dale L. Fuller, president and CEO of Borland. "This is one of the reasons we are such a strong proponent of open sourcing, as it helps expose and remedy problems on a much greater scale than proprietary software development. As of January 10, 2001, a certified patch has been made available for use from Borland's web site and is available to all users of InterBase software."

This potential security issue could enable illegal access to the database metadata (metadata describes the contents of a database for access purposes), however, would not necessarily result in database content being viewed and altered illegally. Malicious tampering with the metadata can render the database inoperable, but would not expose secured information records.

About BORLAND
Borland is a leading provider of high performance e-business implementation solutions. Borland is the vendor of choice for professional e-business solution providers who demand a vendor-independent implementation platform that supports rapid time to market, high productivity, performance and availability. Founded in 1983, Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Borland at http://www.borland.com/, the community site at community.borland.com or call Borland at (800) 632-2864.

Borland's product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Inprise Corporation. Other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of the party using such names. Forward-looking statements in this release, including but not limited to, those concerning Borland's future financial performance, product development plans, and the potential features of or benefits to be derived from the products developed, marketed or sold by Borland, involve a number of uncertainties and risks, and actual events or results may differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, the following: possible disruptive effects of organizational or personnel changes by Borland, shifts in customer demand, market acceptance of new or enhanced products developed, marketed or sold by Borland, delays in scheduled product availability dates, actions or announcements by competitors, software errors, general business conditions and market growth rates in the client/server and Internet software markets, and other factors described in the reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed by Inprise Corporation with the SEC.


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