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26 June 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Command line Google, Red Hat Summit and DNSSEC starts deployment

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This week saw Google releasing a new command line tool and activating the Flash player in Chrome, OIN announcing an Associate Member programme, Red Hat opening a new support portal and a support service for cloud deployment, Quest working on an Oracle connector for Hadoop and Skype releasing a 'headless' VoIP toolkit. Apple adding to its malware signature list, F-Secure reporting on malware signed with trusted certificates, ICANN announcing DNSSEC ready for use, the conviction of a group of UK card skimmers, Google remote deleting proof-of-concept malware from Android phones and Adobe bringing forward the 'Flash' patch.


This week The H published two features in anticipation of the TransferSummit which took place in Oxford as well as another feature from our regular writer Richard Hillesley based on conversations with Michael Meeks, a Novell Distinguished Engineer and a developer of We also published another edition of the Kernel Log, reporting on Linus Torvalds new hardline attitude to changes and dealing with various issues in the 2.6.35 kernel.

Open Source

Google released a new tool that allows power users to access a number of Google services such as Blogger or Calendar from the command line. The Open Invention Network, a consortium dedicated to protecting open source from predatory patents, announced a new Associate Member programme. Red Hat, busy this week with the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, launched a new support portal for its subscription customers and announced its Cloud Foundations, Edition One, aimed at helping businesses develop and maintain cloud services. Quest and Cloudera formed a partnership to create an Oracle connector for Apache Hadoop. VoIP providers Skype released a toolkit allowing developers to add a 'headless' version of the Skype VoIP service to internet devices and web sites.

Open Source Releases


Apple expanded its anti-malware signature list in Mac OS X from two signatures to three. F-Secure reported on the increase in the number of instances of malware carrying valid digital signatures certifying it as 'safe'. DNSSEC moved forward as ICANN announced it was ready to accept signed domain names from the top level. org domains. A UK Court sentenced a group of card skimmers to lengthy jail terms for a large scale skimming operation targeting card readers in petrol stations. Google used the remote delete function to remove traces of harmless proof-of-concept exploit code from Android phones. As promised, Adobe brought forward their patches for a serious flaw in Reader and Acrobat, rather than wait for the quarterly scheduled patch day. Google fixed some holes in its Chrome browser and activated the built-in Flash player a little later than originally intended.

Security Alerts

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