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RealPlayer, Helix users at risk of attack

  • CNET News.com; By Dawn Kawamoto (Posted by dave on Sep 27, 2005 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Media players running on Linux face a new security vulnerabiliy that could leave users open to remote attacks, security experts say.

Infinite Loop: Toasted by a DVD writer

Richard Frank confesses to a secret Windows habit and an equally disturbing interest in dodgy literary "classics". Over the coming weeks he'll document his attempts to kick the proprietary habit. This week, however, he just loses his disc of Russian short stories.

SAP Leads Industry Collaboration in Support of Enterprise Services

Avaya, Dell, HP, Network Appliance, Novell, Research In Motion and RSA Security Form Second Wave of Technology Titans to License SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture

RealPlayer, Helix at risk of exploit

  • CNET News.com; By Dawn Kawamoto (Posted by dave on Sep 27, 2005 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Media players running on Linux face an exploit that could leave users open to remote attacks, security experts say.

Linux: PATA Drivers in LibATA

Alan Cox [interview] provided astatus update on his PATA driver efforts with libata [story]. He offered a qualified call for testers, "some initial patches are now ready for wider testing although strictly suicide squad material at this point." His status document currently lists 11 drivers about which he notes, "a lot of hardware isn't yet covered - I'm working on adding more support but I wanted to start with weirder devices first to better understand what was needed in libata."

In the brief thread, error handling was brought into question. Alan noted, "basic error handling in the libata code seems to work as well when I tested it, if not better because the old PATA code hangs the box on SMP or pre-empt if you get a DMA timeout and cable changedown due to locking flaws and also issues an immediate idle in error recovery which seems to crash some drives for good." He went on to point out that failed cable detect currently isn't supported by libata, "the speed change down support simply isn't in libata yet and that turns a downspeed change for poor cables or cable misdetect into a hang."

Citadel: open source groupware made easy

Read about a unique and powerful open source groupware server that's been around for years, but you might not have known about it.

How to build a better web browser

  • scottberkun.com; By Scott Berkun (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: LXer; Story Type: News Story
After learning of Scott's participation in FireFox, we took a look at a link on the article, "Why Former IE Developer Switched To Firefox". We feel it's definitely worth its own publication space at Lxer. Enjoy! -ED

Apachecon US 2005 Leads the Wave of Open Source

ApacheCon announced today the opening of registration for ApacheCon US 2005, taking place December 10-14 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina San Diego, California.

Michael Meeks interview

In Linux Format issue 72, we chat to Gnome and OpenOffice.org coder Michael Meeks about all things Linux. Here's a few of the questions we asked the Novell employee...

Power Architecture Technology Accelerating Beyond IBM

At a members' conference in Shanghai, China today, Power.org -- an organization dedicated to accelerating collaborative innovation on Power Architecture™ technology -- said that new membership and product development by member companies had exceeded first year expectations. Organization officials credited the growth to the collaborative innovation approach Power.org fosters among members, in addition to advances made in Power Architecture technology itself.

Red Hat looks for new partners at GITEX 2005

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, is participating at the 25th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) with Dubai-based distributor Opennet to look for more channel partners in the Middle East.

Mysql 5.0 Release Candidate is Here

Meetings archive set up and online

  • Mailing list; By Holger Levsen (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm pleased to announce the permanent availability of an archive in which D ebian can preserve materials (video, audio, slides, example code used, etc.) gathered, used at or derived from real life meetings.

Bits from the Darmstadt QA team meeting

We had a very productive QA Team Meeting in Darmstadt from the 9th to the 11th of September[1]. The participants had a lot of fruitful discussions during the weekend. Besides minor bits that "just happened", the following major issues progressed significantly:

Peru Passes Free Software Law - That's Free as in Free Speech

Peru has passed its law encouraging procurement of Free Software by the government. Please note that the law is about Free Software, not Open Source, as opposed to proprietary software, distinguished by license. Here's an English translation published by the Asociación Peruana de Software Libre, and here is the law itself [PDF]. Technically, it's not official until it is published in the official Peruvian daily newspaper, but that is pretty much certain at this point. Note that the version Slashdot links to on OSI is not, I don't think, the final version. It's a useful translation, but be aware that certain articles in that beta version are not in the final version.

Ibm, Red Hat and Trusted Computer Solutions Team to Deliver Most ...

Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. (TCS), a leading supplier of information sharing technologies to the Department of Defense, the intelligence community and commercial industry, together with Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is in Common Criteria evaluation on a broad range of IBM eServer systems.

SSH Claims for New Secure Shell Draw Open-Source Ire

SSH Communications Security claims that its new Secure Shell program is far superior to open-source alternatives draws free-software developers'ire.

Bonhams to migrate to open source

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By John Riley (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Auction firm Bonhams is embracing open source, the company's global CIO, Roland Whitehead, told the Triple i Convention. It is phasing out Microsoft Exchange and has no plans to migrate to Windows 2003. The auctioneer is planning to stop using Microsoft Word. In future all documents will go through Bonhams' core system using...

University of Toronto at Scarborough Standardizes on StarOffice for all Student Computing Resources

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 6:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Students Run StarOffice on Campus' Solaris, Linux and Windows Platforms

The Breezy Badger

I'm writing this column on my trusty IBM Thinkpad, which has been running the newly released Gnome 2.12 for about a week now. This is thanks to Ubuntu Linux, which has gotten so much praise in my recent reports, a colleague suggested I should change the name of this column to "Ubuntu Agent." Ahem.

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