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06 February 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Browser de-anonymisation, FreeBSD, Linux updates and H.264

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The H Week Logo In the past week, The H had the latest news on how, even without cookies, web browsers and users can be identified, the latest Linux kernel developments with the Kernel Log, yet another vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser and more...


On The H this week, a new regular column by Glyn Moody which, this week, asked if Apple's new iPad could be the new Firefox and a Health Check on the most accessible and popular of the BSD operating systems, FreeBSD. The latest editions of the Kernel Log looked at open source drivers for AMD's latest Radeon graphics chips and brought part 3 of the "Coming in 2.6.33" series detailing what's new in Linux graphics hardware support.

Open Source

MPEG LA announced that Internet Video encoded with H.264/AVC provided for free to end users will remain royalty free until 2016 and driver code for Google's Android OS was removed from the 2.6.33 Linux kernel code base. Tthe Danish parliament announced that it will adopt the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as its official document format and a recent study showed that more than 21% of German PCs run OpenOffice or one of its derivatives. The "Britain Loves Wikipedia" scheme to open up UK museums and galleries to the free online encyclopaedia launched and the European Union's Open Source Observatory and Repository announced that it now has two thousand open source and free software projects.

Open Source Releases


In security news this week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched an online service that allows internet users to find out how unique their browser is and an experiment by the International Secure Systems Lab examines how to identify individual users based on their membership of various social network groups. The Conficker worm caused the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to disconnect themselves from Police National Computer (PNC), security expert David Litchfield demonstrated new vulnerabilities in Oracle's latest 11gR2 database and Elcomsoft released a beta for its iPhone Password Breaker that promises to recover the passwords of protected iPhone backups.

Security Alerts

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