The H Roundup - Adobe's Linux holes, oVirt 3.1 and BackTrack Linux
Welcome to The H Roundup, your rapid review of the week with the most read news on The H, the security alerts and open source releases, and the essential feature articles – all in one quick-to-scan news item.
Google security researchers warned users to be wary of Adobe Reader on Linux because of numerous critical vulnerabilities, a new version of the BackTrack Linux security distribution added several new tools for tiny hardware-based exploits, and the Arch Linux developers discussed switching the default boot process to systemd.
- Google warns of using Adobe Reader - particularly on Linux
- BackTrack 5 R3 adds tools for Arduino and Teensy attacks
- Arch Linux proposes switch to systemd
Virtualisation platform oVirt got new snapshot capture and cloning capabilities, and a new release of VirtualBox is due soon if the release candidate for version 4.2 is any guide. Meanwhile, a new algorithm for tracking the origin of attacks on the internet has been developed and researchers tried to figure out the significance of a font that travels with the Gauss malware.
- oVirt 3.1 "narrows gap" with proprietary virtualisation
- VirtualBox 4.2 nears with release candidate
- New algorithm tracks down the origins of internet attacks
- Font installed with Gauss trojan raises questions
Java apps can run on the GPU too thanks to the open source Rootbeer GPU compiler and the GNU Compiler Collection completed a switch to C++ as its implementation language. And finally, the Enki code editor made its public debut ... as a finished product.
- Java for graphics cards
- GCC shifts internal focus to C++
- Enki: a new editor for programmers with a plug-in interface
This week, Richard Hillesley took a look at GNOME's history and recent, widely criticised developments, and asked if it can ever become the de facto favourite Linux desktop again.
Open Source Releases
- First release candidate for Slackware 14
- Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.3 also tweaks Linux Mint
- Calligra 2.5 released
- Red Hat releases preview of its OpenStack distribution
- TizMee brings Tizen apps to MeeGo
- Amarok 2.6 overhauls support for iOS devices
- SpringSource Tool Suite 3.0.0 released
- Mono integrates Entity Framework
- Git integration for Microsoft's Team Foundation Server
- Zenoss Core 4 switches to AMQP-based new event system
- LibreOffice 3.5.6 released
- Lucene and Solr 4.0 go beta
- Rackspace launches OpenStack-based private cloud distribution
- Dojo 1.8's highlight – updated documentation
- Consistent browser rendering with Normalize.css
- The beginning of the end for AV Linux
- Oracle releases unscheduled fix for critical vulnerability
- Magento shops attacked through Zend vulnerability
- Microsoft closes 26 holes for August Patchday
- Adobe closes numerous critical holes in Reader and Acrobat
- PostgreSQL patches XML flaws
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