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25 December 2010, 11:59

The H Week - SUSE Linux, Android, OpenBSD back doors and 0-Day IE holes

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The H Week Logo In the past week, The H took a look at lessons learned from WikiLeaks, published a new edition of the Kernel Log, reported on Google's latest Android OS release, on Mozilla's release of the first draft of its MPL 2.0 licence and on Attachmate's stance on SUSE Linux. ProFTPD updates closed a critical SQL module issue, Microsoft confirmed yet another unpatched critical hole in its Internet Explorer web browser and pulled its latest Outlook update due to problems reported by users.


This week, Glyn Moody discussed the lessons learned from WikiLeaks and The H published part 4 of the Kernel Log series on the 2.6.37 Linux kernel.

Open Source

Following the announcement of the latest version of its open source mobile operating system earlier this month, Google released the source code for Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and published a list of tips and tricks for the OS. Google also launched a YouTube channel dedicated to open source.

Mozilla released a draft of version 2.0 of its Mozilla Public License (MPL) and the Debian project confirmed that its next release, "Squeeze", will feature a completely free kernel.

This week, both the Document Foundation and KDE e.V., the non-profit organization representing the KDE Project in legal and financial matters, joined the Open Invention Network (OIN). Red Hat and Eucalyptus announced a new partnership. Attachmate confirmed that the future of SUSE Linux is secure and NoMachine announced that version 4.0 of its NX technology would become entirely closed source

Open Source Releases

Important releases this week included the final version 10.0 release of the XBMC media centre software, the second development version of OpenIndiana, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 and, after several delays, the eighth beta for version 4.0 of the Firefox web browser.

Other open source updates and development previews from this week -


Following audits of its code, the OpenBSD developers announced that, so far, there were no indications of built-in back doors. Microsoft withdrew its recent Outlook update following problems reported by users and the US Department of Defense National Security Agency (NSA) responded to the WikiLeaks disclosures by setting up a dedicated WikiLeaks Task Force.

Google confirmed that it has started warning users when they may be about to visit web sites which have been hacked. Secunia released version 2.0 of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) and the FTC gave its blessing to Intel's acquisition of security services provider McAfee.

Security Alerts

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