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19 January 2013, 09:24

The H Roundup - Java vulnerability, Fedora 18 and Red October

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The H Roundup logo 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.

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In a week filled with news about Java's security or lack thereof, Mozilla and Apple blocked all versions of the plugin in their browsers, before Oracle later released a patch for the critical vulnerability that was plaguing them. It's far from over for Oracle though – the patch looks to be incomplete and new vulnerabilities may already be being exploited. Oracle also released 86 other fixes for several of their products as part of their regular patch cycle.

This week, Fedora 18 was finally released and LibreOffice gained the ability to use Firefox themes in a release candidate. The latest version of the Kolab groupware debuted with a redesigned user interface and the Independent JPEG Group released a new version of their JPEG compression library.

Nokia admitted to performing man-in-the-middle interception on users' HTTPS connections but have said said it is by design and secure. Meanwhile, Kaspersky has been revealing information on a widespread cyber-espionage operation it discovered and named after the novel and film "The Hunt For Red October", and a report revealed how power utility companies in the US have come under attack from virus infections.

Featured Articles

With the release of Fedora 18, Thorsten Leemhuis looks at the new features in the long-awaited version of the distribution. Glyn Moody, meanwhile, explained how Linux has had its revenge for being pushed out of the netbook market by Microsoft.

Open Source Releases

New open source releases this week included a new version of the web analytics server Piwik and a new release of jQuery. The Flex platform became an Apache top-level project.

Development releases included a beta of openSUSE 12.3, Chrome 25 and the appearance of a new GNOME 2 fork from the SolusOS developers.

Security Alerts

While Oracle addressed the vulnerabilities in Java, Adobe fixed a critical problem in its ColdFusion framework.

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