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10 July 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Malware examined, Monoculture ended and Linux 2.6.35's graphics

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In the last week, The H has looked at forensic analysis of malware, full analysis of the graphics in the next Linux kernel, the break down of a Microsoft monoculture, the latest Python release, the Ubuntu font in beta, legal moves in the European and Swiss courts, shenanigans in the Apple App Store, Firefox 4's beta début and much more...


A packed week of features on The H included the latest episode of CSI:Internet The image of death, all the background information from the recent Red Hat Summit and the latest Kernel Log on what's coming in Linux 2.6.35 both from Thorsten Leemhuis, and Glyn Moody looked at how the one of the largest Microsoft monocultures in the world has just been unlocked.

Open Source

Ubuntu's message of the day was "There's a privilege escalation vulnerability in the message of the day", Python 2.7 arrived for Python developers who don't want to go to Python 3 just yet, and five different stable Linux kernels arrived. Firefox 4 beta 1 made its official début, developers were unhappy with the Android Market and a new cross platform music player called MiniTunes appeared. Canonical started beta testing the "Ubuntu Font" and added "Opinion" as a new bug status to Launchpad. Open source vendors lost in the Swiss courts over their challenge to an untendered purchase of Microsoft software, MySQL founder Monty Widenius appealed the Oracle ruling at the European Commission and, in the case that just won't go away, SCO launched yet another appeal. There were release candidates for FreeBSD 8.1, KDE 4.5 and Ruby 1.9.2 and new releases of IPFire, Mandriva Linux, PCLinuxOS, WordPress for Android, Symbian^3's PDK, Notepad++ and MeeGo for Netbooks.

Open Source Releases


Odd goings on at Apple's App Store led to a vendor being ejected and cross site scripting attacks latched onto YouTube comments. Chrome 5 had more holes closed by Google and a debate over full disclosure or no disclosure began as security vendors started informing only their customers of vulnerabilities they had found. Adobe's fixes for embedded scripts in Reader were found to be wanting and Skype's encryption, or at least a part of it, was revealed by reverse engineering. Pirate Bay users were all at sea when user credentials were leaked and Microsoft said it'll have a fix for Windows Help holes next week.

Security Alerts

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