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The H Open started the week with another instalment in the Kernel Log series, this one bidding farewell to the guest mascot Tuz and covering the fourth RC for 2.6.30, the upcoming summer release of X.org 7.5 and the re-write of the Intel Linux graphics driver.
Debian announced the quite significant step of changing its C library from the industry standard GNU C Library, GLIBC, to the Embedded GNU C Library, EGLIBC, due in part to dissatisfaction with the attitude of the GLIBC developers.
The recent burst of activity in the Python camp continued with the developers announcing the first beta of Python 3.1. As noted in a recent H article Python's transition from the 2 to the 3 development series abandoned retrograde compatibility.
Although its been available for download from various mirrors for a while OpenOffice finally announced the official release of OpenOffice 3.1, featuring anti-aliasing for a great improvement in the appearance of vector graphics and text.
The seemingly endless SCO versus Linux saga drags on, with what at least seems to be a death blow to SCO as an official at the US Trustees Office applies for removal of Chapter 11 protected status, having concluded that there is no prospect that the SCO Group can re-establish a viable business. SCO chief Darl McBride says he is surprised at the decision and that SCO will submit a counter-application soon.
The H Security reported on further progress being made in the fight against malware as earlier this year researchers at the University of Santa Barbara in California managed to take control of another botnet. For ten days the researchers gained control of the botnet being spread by the Torpig worm and collected valuable information on its behaviour. Similar techniques were used as those deployed against Conficker.
There was a rather embarrassing own goal for McAfee with the discovery of vulnerabilities in the McAfee Secure service. Security researcher Mike Bailey discovered a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) hole in McAfee's Secure service site, a service that itself is supposed to test and certify that websites of McAfee's clients are free of such vulnerabilities.
F-Secure finally managed to issue patches for its anti-virus products to rectify their failure to find malware in archived and compressed files. This is not the first time The H has reported on what seems to be an ongoing weakness in F-Secure's AV products.
After a security patch only two weeks ago for a high risk XSS vulnerability Google plugged a further couple of holes in the Chrome browser.
A rather pathetic attempt at a Mac worm has appeared in the wild that actually begs prospective victims to switch to a Mac, if they aren't already using one, to enable it to infect them.
At the end of the week came the quite disturbing news that crackers had penetrated a US air traffic control system. An FAA report notes that this is not the first incident of this kind and that it is a matter of when, rather than if, such intrusions will cause a disaster.
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