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Congress, Clinton agree on new CR

Congress passed another continuing resolution extending funding for the government until April 24. President Clinton was expected to sign it Friday.

Lawmakers adjourned Friday for a two-week recess, leaving a bill providing full-year funding for agencies on hold until after April 15. The administration and Congress have been unable to agree on provisions of appropriations bills funding nine Cabinet departments and most independent agencies.

CERT issues Java bug warning

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded Computer Emergency Response Team has warned Internet users against viewing Java applets unless they appear on "trusted" World Wide Web pages. CERT issued the warning last Friday in response to a recently discovered weakness in Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java.

Because of the vulnerability in the software-based Java Virtual machine, which reads Java applets, a "maliciously written" Java applet "can perform any action that the legitimate user can perform. For example, an applet can read, delete or change files that the user owns," CERT said. Sun has issued a fix for the vulnerability. Software vendors, such as Netscape Communications Corp., must incorporate the fix into products containing Java.

E-mail group probes comm use

The Center for Electronic Messaging Technologies in the General Services Administration will release a survey questionnaire this month to state and federal agencies asking them about their electronic messaging, Internet and electronic commerce usage.

The office, formerly the E-Mail Program Management Office, has also released in final form the functional requirements definition for governmentwide electronic messaging and X.500 directory structure.

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