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Mozilla Linux Command Line URL Parsing Security Flaw Reported

A critical input validation security vulnerability affecting Linux versions of Mozilla Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite has been reported today. The flaw could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a victim's system. The bug exists in the Linux shell scripts that Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite rely on to parse URLs supplied on the command line or by external programs.

Open Source Astronomy V10 - 5 cdroms, 5Gb of applications

  • Linux PR (press release) (Posted by bstadil on Sep 20, 2005 7:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Random Factory is pleased to announce the availability of our Open Source Astronomy V10 software collections on cdrom. Each version comprises 5 cdroms filled with Open Source Astronomy software pre-built for your platform of choice. A total of over 150 packages, covering all aspects of astronomy; over 5Gb of ready to run software.

A Glimpse of SUSE Linux 10.0

  • Mozillaquest; By Mike Angelo (Posted by bstadil on Sep 20, 2005 7:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
SUSE Linux is a better OS than the MS Windows OS. And when you throw the 1,500 open source Linux applications and packages into the deal, SUSE Linux is a very much better bang- for-the-buck than is MS Windows! . . . sounds like Novell is making lots of right moves with its SUSE Linux product

Open source workflow management for better B2B relationships

“Because the B-MAN components are open source, the system provides a low-cost and highly flexible solution for SMEs, as well as public organisations, to collaborate with other companies and improve the management of contracts and business relationships,” explains João José Pinto Ferreira, the project’s technical manager at Inesc Porto in Portugal. Besides being cheaper to implement than proprietary software platforms, the system also offers several other advantages over existing workflow management techniques.

Training & careers

  • Computerworld Singapore; By Ernest Low, general manager, Asean South, Novell. (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Singapore IT industry is one of the most developed in the world, with foreign talent competing equally for local jobs. In the last 20 years Singapore has seen itself move up the value chain and has nurtured a vibrant and cutting-edge IT industry through its razor sharp concentration on training, education and development of its scarce human resources.

Linux: New Home For master.kernel.org

The master.kernel.org server was recently moved to a new home at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab, the same that provides hosting for KernelTrap [story]. The master server is where Linus Torvalds and other Linux kernel developers upload files, from where the data is pushed to the main download servers, zeus1 and zues2 [story]. Peter Anvin explained, "this should give much better bandwidth and a more reliable backup solution, in addition to access to a real, staffed NOC."

Nycbsdcon wrap-up, Part 4: Eric Allman on DKIM

  • Social Software Weblog; By Jay Savage (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Since one of the scheduled speakers couldn’t make it because of logistical problems, Eric Allman agreed to step in at the last minute and talk about his latest project, Domain Keys Identified Email, or DKIM. For those of you who don’t know who Eric is, he’s the creator of Sendmail. So when he thinks email needs a new protocol, it’s a big deal. The basic idea is this: we have effective means of encrypting messages so that they can’t be tampered with in transit (PGP, S/MIME). What we don’t have yet is an effective means of verifying that message is from the sender it claims to be from, or of knowing whether we should trust that sender. This is particularly important when attempting to identify spam and trying to prevent the spread of viruses that open up a person’s address book and attempt to replicate using borrowed identities. The DKIM solution is essentially to enforce reverse DNS lookups.

For Automated Sites PHP And MySQL Are A Perfect Match

You've decided to automate your web site. Now what? Here are some ideas to help you choose how to automate your site.

Oracle gives nod to Red Hat file system

Oracle has certified the use of Red Hat's Global File System (GFS) with its database products. GFS lets as many as 300 servers share the same file system in conjunction with Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC) technology.

How open source will fit in with SOA and Web services

  • Search SAP; By Mark Brunelli, News Editor (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 12:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Data centers are increasingly making or planning to make the move to environments characterized by Web services and service-oriented architectures (SOAs), data grids and the use of virtualization technology. But just how will open source technologies fit into this "architecture of the future?" Tony Iams, vice president and senior analyst with Ideas International Ltd. in Port Chester, N.Y., discussed how open source fits in with these emerging technologies today and going forward. Iams led a session on the topic of virtualization at this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Exposition earlier this year.

Oracle updates Linux FAQs

Oracle has just updated its list of frequently asked questions on Linux in the light of the latest developments and enquiries from clients. Over the past few years Oracle and its customers have learned a tremendous amount about running Oracle on Linux for enterprise class deployments.

Say no to software piracy! (Use open source)

  • Computerworld Singapore; By Tan Ee Sze (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thursday night and I was stumped, as usual, for a topic which would allow me to inflict my opinions on the dogged souls who make it to this page of Computerworld.

I was saved by the Business Software Alliance.

A press release arrived in my inbox, hailing swift enforcement action by the Singapore police who had raided an interior design consultancy suspected of using unlicensed and illegal software. The 10-man Singapore-based company was alleged to have had about $50,000 worth of illegal CAD software installed on its computers.

Windows Beat Unix, But It Won't Beat Linux

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Here's why the boys from Redmond aren't going to be able to pull it off.

Upgrade Lifts Red Hat

A spate of favorable research notes and rumors of a big customer win pushed shares of Red Hat (RHAT:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) up more than 5% Tuesday. Volume was heavy. Prudential analyst Brent Thill raised his target price by $4 to $21, saying he expects second-quarter revenue to reach the high end of the company's guided range while operating cash flow should increase by 20% to 33% and deferred revenue by 73%. Prudential does not have an investment banking relationship with Red Hat.

Microsoft case: EU Commission favors bureaucracy over free market

Press Release: Munich, Germany (20 September 2005) -- In an interview with the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, EU competition commissioner Neelies Kroes said that the Commission is evaluating informal complaints that have been filed against Microsoft, and would not "wait and do nothing" while an ongoing anti-trust proceeding is still unresolved in court.

Enterprisedb 2005 offers PostgreSQL-based DB solution

"With hundreds of breakthrough features, Tiger Server is the world's most advanced operating system available today," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "EnterpriseDB has delivered an impressive RDBMS that takes advantage of innovation in Tiger Server to support powerful database management features."

Short Takes

Red Hat has announced partnership agreements with Nanyang Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic to kick off the Red Hat Academy in Singapore. Led by the School of Information Technology in Temasek Polytechnic and the School of Engineering in Nanyang Polytechnic, the Red Hat Academy programme will be offered to promising students who want to attain industry-recognition in the form of the Red Hat certification. It is expected to produce up to 120 Red Hat Certified Technicians a year. Red Hat

Mandriva revamps partner program

Mandriva today introduces a revamped partner program. With new and more targeted options this new program is intended to increase partner market awareness and opportunities, as well as enhancing sales and marketing support.

When Bill Gates first heard about Linux

  • HELSINGIN SANOMAT; By HELSINGIN SANOMAT (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Along with countless other super-nerds around the world, this young computer science student at the University of Helsinki had been working on a most excellent new operating system. It had been dubbed Linux (after Linus's Minix, as it was based on the Minix operating system, itself a spin-off from the Unix OS that sought to provide a stable UNIX platform for PCs). By the latter half of 1994, Linux had hundreds of thousands of users around the world, and - even better - it was absolutely free.

Linux standard improves C++ support

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The Linux Standards Base (LSB) now offers improved support for C++, meaning that software compiled using the latest versions of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) can be run on any distribution that supports the standard.

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