Software still plagued with security holes, researcher says

Neil Roiter

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Greg Hoglund, a noted security researcher and author who specializes in Windows rootkits and secure coding, explains why software is just as vulnerable today as it was in 1999. Hoglund is CEO of HBGary, a security risk assessment firm based in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Hoglund is a highly regarded expert on software application security and the malware used to exploit it. He created and documented the first Windows NT-based rootkit.

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