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08 May 2010, 12:00

The H Week - SpringSource buys GemStone, DNSSEC on last root and another flawed signature file

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In the week just past, VMware subsidiary SpringSource announced its acquisition of GemStone, Ryzom the MMORP game went open source and Google announced the latest version of Android, 2.1, is gradually gaining ground. Researchers built a truly random number generator using the quantum entanglement principle, the last root server switched over to DNSSEC and Google launched an intentionally vulnerable server service as a security teaching aid.


This week, The H published another in our Kernel Log series following the development of the 2.6.34 and a feature by Richard Hillesley examined the history of Firefox based in part on his interview with Mitchell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation.

Open Source

The Eclipse Foundation gained yet another member this week when Bosch, the automotive parts manufacturer joined up. WMware continued its expansion as recent subsidiary SpringSource in turn acquired GemStone. Ryzom, the popular massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) moved to an open source license. Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth said the GNOME Shell will not appear by default in Ubuntu 10.10. Miguel de Icaza suggested that integrating Microsoft's Common language Infrastructure into browsers would allow developers to write substantially better applications. Google said the latest version (2.1) of Android is steadily gaining market share and released a new beta of their Chrome browser with a built-in Flash player. Responding to questions from The H Canonical clarified the position over its H.264 licence. Red Hat and Novell won their battle in court over a patent claim against Linux, a dispute that started in 2007. Open source developer Lennart Poettering announced "Systemd", an alternative to SysV-Init and the Init system Upstart used to boot many Linux distributions.

Open Source Releases


A flawed signature update for the firewalls of the Astaro Intrusion Prevention System crippled network operations for many of their customers. Researchers at the University of Maryland / NIST Joint Quantum Institute in collaboration with European colleagues, have been able to generate truly random numbers using a quantum entanglement device. Microsoft have said only two patches, one for Windows and one for Office will be released on this coming Patch Tuesday. The last of the 13 root servers switched over to DNSSEC on Wednesday, although DNSSEC won't actually come into service until June. Adobe Systems have now added browser accessible privacy controls to Flash. Social networking site Facebook responded quickly to a privacy hole actually introduced by the recent expansion of the privacy features. The Foxit PDF reader added a Trust Manager feature to turn off the execution of code embedded in PDF files. Google launched a new and intentionally vulnerable server as a security teaching aid. F-Secure suggested that Microsoft integrate a simple PDF reader into Windows as a way of reducing the security problems stemming from the extended features supported by, for example, Adobe Reader. Organisers of the Cyber Security Challenge competition were embarrassed when their own web site was found to have a XSS hole. Adobe provided a patch for Photoshop CS4 which blocks an attack through manipulated TIFF files.

Security Alerts

There were no security alerts this week.

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