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BindView First to Provide Security Solution that Defends Against BIND Vulnerabilities; New bv-Control RapidFire Update Available for Download from BindView Web Site.

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BindView Corporation (NASDAQ: BVEW), a leading provider of IT administration and security management solutions, announced today it has made available free software that not only identifies the buffer overflow security flaw in the Berkeley Internet Name Daemon (BIND) server, but also offers instructions for closing the threat created as a result of the vulnerability. The security solution is only available via a RapidFire Update to BindView's bv-Control for Internet Security software that scans for hundreds of security vulnerabilities, including the newly discovered threat to BIND servers. The RapidFire Update, as well as a trial version of bv-Control for Internet Security, is available immediately at BindView's Web site at

The CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Covert Labs at PGP Security jointly announced the discovery of a vulnerability in the BIND server, software that is a core part of the Domain Name System (DNS), and results in remote attackers gaining full access to the computer, including any DNS databases resident on the server. Attackers can leverage this access into more sophisticated attacks or simply use the DNS server as a springboard for future attacks.

BindView's elite security team, the RAZOR Team, developed a RapidFire Update, the first security solution that addresses this new vulnerability. The RapidFire Update detects vulnerable versions of BIND and instructs users on how to close this very serious security hole.

BindView's bv-Control for Internet Security finds and closes security holes that hackers use to break into servers, workstations and other network devices. The product is part of the bv-Control Security Management Suite that provides internal and external auditing, assessment and analysis capabilities. Its innovative RapidFire mechanism allows new security checks to be automatically, securely, and immediately added as new vulnerabilities surface. This mechanism, combined with ease of use and the robust functionality of the product, help ensure a safer networked computing environment.

"This latest vulnerability threatens every Internet user and puts every corporate network at risk," said Eric Pulaski, chief technology officer at BindView. "BindView's security team understands the urgency in developing and providing immediate solutions that can protect IT networks. We are very pleased that the RAZOR Team was the first to develop a solution that addresses these vulnerabilities."

About BindView Corporation

BindView, the leader in the vulnerability assessment market, provides software solutions which enhance business performance by helping to ensure the integrity of the IT infrastructure. BindView's comprehensive software offerings secure and simplify the management and administration of network operating systems, directories and related applications. By enabling corporate IT professionals to effectively leverage their existing technologies, BindView's award-winning products play a critical role in achieving business goals. More than 10 million licenses of BindView's solutions have been shipped worldwide to approximately 5,000 companies, including more than 75 of the Fortune 100 and 24 of the largest 25 U.S. banks. Contact BindView via e-mail at or visit BindView's World Wide Web site at http// BindView can also be reached at (800) 749-8439 or at (713) 561-4000.

Editors Note: BindView(R), the BindView logo, and the BindView product names used in this document are trademarks of BindView Development Corporation, which may be registered in one or more jurisdictions. The names of products of other companies mentioned in this document, if any, may be the registered or unregistered trademarks of the owners of the products.

Statements in this news release not based on historical fact are "forward-looking" statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as, for example, the risks associated with competition within the network management software industry, with rapid technological change, and with BindView's development of and the market's acceptance of new products. Other such factors include the risk factors and other matters described from time to time in BindView's Form 10-K filings, Form 10-Q filings, and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Date:Jan 30, 2001
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