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Bug discovered in new anti-porn computer software

AN Internet security firm said yesterday the online pornography-blocking software, which will be pre-installed in all new computers sold domestically from next month, has a "high-level" loophole that leaves machines vulnerable to computer viruses.

Beijing Jiangmin SciTech Co said the loophole could allow computers carrying the "Green Dam-Youth Escort" software to be controlled by hackers if they visit any Website.

About 50 million computers have the software, according to the company.

"It's like an open door for hackers. It's the top-level loophole and it may bring disastrous results," said Beijing Jiangmin engineer Dai Shuo.

Computers with Green Dam can be infected after visiting any Website if hackers spread the virus through the loophole. After infection, users' computers can be remotely controlled by hackers without the users' knowledge, said Dai.

The software is designed to block access to sites with pornographic pictures or language. China wants all personal computers sold domestically to have this software starting from July 1.

At present, no virus or malicious programs have been found to take advantage of the loophole. But the loophole can't be fixed unless the software designer made a patch to fix it, Dai said.

The software designer, Zhengzhou Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co, was not available to make comments on the issue yesterday.

"The safe and easy way now is to uninstall Green Dam," said Dai.


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