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08 January 2011, 11:00

The H Week - Android 3.0 preview, Chrome gains share and Linux capabilities not secure

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During the past week, Google previewed Android 3.0 and Amazon launched the developer program for its Android App store. The latest browser user statistics showed Chrome gaining ground and the new Linux kernel 2.6.37 was released. A Google expert said he has found flaws in every browser; it was claimed that Flash sandboxes could be bypassed and that Linux privilege control doesn't add security.


Richard Hillesley speculated on the effect the adoption of the Unity shell will have on the future of Ubuntu and The H closed out its mini-series on the Linux kernel 2.6.37 with a summary of the five previous issues.

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Google / Android stories were much in the news this week with the preview of Android 3.0, the announcement that statistics show that over 50% of Android devices are now running Android 2.2 or higher and Amazon's opening of a developer programme in preparation for the US launch of its Android App store. Following a report early in the week of misdirected texts, Google said it had found the cause and promised a fix soon. CyanogenMod previewed version 7 of its Android Custom ROM software.

In the battle of the browsers, Firefox nosed past Internet Explorer in Europe, although both browsers are loosing ground to growth in the use of Google Chrome. It's now confirmed that Ubuntu 11.04 will drop in favour of LibreOffice and Apache Object-Oriented Data Technology (OODT) has moved out of the incubator to become a top-level Apache project.

Open Source Releases


Security news this week was a mixture of some flaws with quite broad implications and a few bugs in specific applications. A Google security specialist said he had found bugs in every browser, at least some of which have been known to Chinese hackers; other security experts claimed that Adobe's Flash sandboxes could be bypassed, at least for local Flash files, and that the Linux privilege control capabilities are ineffective. Various internet resource allocation organisations launched RPKI secured routing. WordPress released version 3.1 with a number of fixes, including one for a recently discovered XSS hole, a buffer overflow problem was found in VLC Media Player and version 1.1 of the Piwik web analysis software was released, fixing a number of critical flaws. New versions of PHP were released to fix a DoS vulnerability reported in an earlier story. In its preview of the next patch day, Microsoft has said it will not be fixing recently exposed vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer since the patches still require more work.

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