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Sap, mySQL patch critical database flaw

Developers have corrected a flaw in the SAP MaxDB database that could be targeted by hackers to execute arbitrary code. Researcher Oliver Karow of Symantec is credited with finding the database vulnerability. The flaw was fixed in the latest version of MaxDB 7.6.00.31.

MS preps DRM hack fix

Microsoft is working on closing a loophole that creates a means to strip usage restriction from music files wrapped in its DRM technology. A program called FairUse4WM, recently posted on the internet, allows users to bypass Microsoft's Digital Rights Management system.

Trusted Computer Solutions and IBM introduce Linux Guards

Trusted Computer Solutions Inc. (TCS) has announced with IBM Corp. the launch of its SecureOffice suite of cross-domain guards running on Linux. The guards incorporate trusted functionality at the operating systems level, thus meeting U.S. Federal Agency requirements for secure information sharing, TCS of Herndon, Virginia said.

Report: BI Vendors Get Smart Around Linux, Open Source

As Linux steps beyond the limits of technical applications, business intelligence (BI) is one area that's leading the way. In a rash of recent BI announcements at LinuxWorld and elsewhere, many vendors are developing new business models, while consciously giving customers a choice between Linux and other operating systems--and in some cases, between commercial and open source implementations, too.

Prevent users from altering your PHP code behavior

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jack D. Herrington (Posted by solrac on Aug 31, 2006 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, PHP
You can implement a balance point between a PHP application that is too configurable and one that is too closed. Learn three techniques for creating user-editable configuration files that will keep end users from mucking around in your code and from making changes to your application's behavior.

Four Tough Lessons of System Recovery

  • Linux DevCenter; By KIVILCIM Hindistan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 31, 2006 6:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
KIVILCIM Hindistan recently migrated to a new laptop and promptly destroyed his partition table. Flailing around with false laziness taught him the true value of true laziness. Here's a real-life tale of Knoppix rescue and a cautionary tale about troubleshooting.

Firefox 2.0 beta 2 boasts enhanced look, features

Mozilla released Beta 2 of its upcoming Firefox 2 browser for developer review Aug. 31, emphasizing that it is being made available for testing purposes only. The release contains a number of new features, as well as some enhancements to look and feel.

On Linux hypervisor interoperability and standards

Brian Byun of VMware talks about the implications of the Microsoft-XenSource link-up for virtual computing.

New Tcl/Tk list, maintenance team forming

As Debian's tcl/tk maintainer for the last couple of years, I have decided that I can no longer go it alone. For this reason, I am attempting to put together a team to co-maintain tcl/tk and some of it's add-ons (e.g. tcllib, itcl).

Mad Penguin sold to iTech Media

iTech Media announced today that it was acquiring Mad Penguin, a popular Linux and open source online magazine, for an undisclosed sum.

Boost Application Performance Using AIO

The most common input/output model used in Linux is synchronous I/O. After a request is made in this model, the application blocks until the request is satisfied; the calling application requires no CPU while it awaits the completion of the I/O request. But in some cases there's a need to overlap an I/O request with other processing. The POSIX asynchronous I/O (AIO) API provides this capability. In this article, get an overview of the API and see how to use it.

FSF reaches out to social activists

2006 may be remembered as the year that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) reached out to the community. The FSF has already undertaken an unprecedented year-long consultation process about the revisions to the GNU General Public License, and the Defective By Design campaign against digital rights management technologies. Now, the FSF is planning a third campaign to deliver its message about ethical software to social activists outside the technical communities.

Popular Linux News Site MadPenguin.org Gets Acquired

  • NewsForce; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by gsh on Aug 31, 2006 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
iTech Media announced today that it was acquiring Mad Penguin, a popular Linux and open source online magazine, for an undisclosed sum.

Diving into OpenOffice and Linux

Many readers tell me they're avoiding Microsoft. Some object to the cost, some to the security problems, and many are appalled at Microsoft's abuse of good customers with paperwork problems through the Bully Software Alliance. So today the information is for the Anybody But Microsoft (ABM) crowd, and others who are unaware how much progress has been made in the last two years on alternative operating systems and applications.

Updated versions and derivates of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The release of CentOS 4.4 completes the quartet of updates for Versions 3 and 4 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and of the derivates by the CentOS Project based upon it.

Personal wikis: Three small, simple alternatives

Wikis aren't just great tools for sharing information and collaborating on projects. They also make excellent personal information managers. With a personal wiki, all of your to-do lists, notes, and appointments are at your fingertips in form that's easy to use and maintain.

Uk school saves thousands with open source network

King's College School, one of the UK's top public schools, claims to have saved thousands in software licensing by deploying an open source network infrastructure.

2x Opens Source Code to its NX Based Terminal Server for Linux

2X today announced the release of 2X TerminalServer for Linux, an open source terminal server for Linux, which enables users to run a Linux desktop and Linux / Windows applications over any type of connection

Taking an OpenReports test drive

Business Intelligence software, those tools and suites that take the raw minings of your databases and turn them into comprehensible signposts and mappings that lead toward profits, is a hot market today. One of the more talked-about open source solutions is OpenReports, a GPLed, Web-based BI report generation system whose first stable, milestone release of its 2.0 series has just come out.

Book Review: Suse Linux by Chris Brown

Have you been itching to try Suse Linux but didn't know how to get started? Okay, I confess — I know I have. I tried installing Suse once several months ago, then chickened out of using it. (Just FYI, the installation went just fine.)

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