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13 March 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Faster password cracking and Linux 2.6.34 in testing

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On The H this week; FOSS at CeBIT, Linux 2.6.34 in testing, new faces at the W3C and OSI, SCO vs. Linux continues, ZigBee hacking, SSD accelerated password cracking, smartphone malware and Mandriva's health checked


The H went to CeBIT and reported on the state of free and open source software at the European trade show and Mandriva got the The H's Health Check treatment. The latest Kernel Logs covered Linux 2.6.34 entering testing and looked at an analysis of the most recent updates to the Linux stable kernels.

Open Source

Simon Phipps, Sun's Open Source Chief Officer left Oracle and was elected to the OSI board while Jeff Jaffe took up the position of CEO at W3C. Fedora 13 saw its first alpha release and router specialist Buffalo announced it would be using the open source DD-WRT in a new range of Wi-Fi routers. The SCO vs. Linux story moved into court when an investor provided the funds for the company to go to court against Novell.

Open Source Releases


KillerBee, a set of security tools for testing the ZigBee wireless protocol was announced and researchers at Objectif Sécurité boosted password cracking performance with rainbow tables on SSD. Malware for smartphones is easy according to security specialists and Twitter announced measures to pre-emptively combat dangerous links. Secunia plans to integrate automatic updating for Windows programs into its Personal software Inspector utility and Symantec announced a partial shut down for the long running security news site SecurityFocus.

Security Alerts

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