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23 January 2010, 11:00

The H Week - Microsoft holes and the Oracle/Sun deal closes

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This week's news on The H was dominated by repercussions of the targeted attacks on US companies and reports on the holes in Microsoft software that the attackers exploited. Final efforts were made by the 'free MySQL' campaign as the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems approached its conclusion.


The H published two features this week; a Health Check on Moonlight, the open source version of Microsoft's Silverlight and a step-by-step guide for the small web site operator to obtaining and installing free SSL certificates.


Security news this week has been all about the recent attacks on US companies and the holes in Microsoft software that, combined with a general laxity in upgrading to up-to-date and more secure software versions, allowed the attackers to penetrate these companies systems. The fall out included the almost unprecedented step of national governments issuing public warnings against using Microsoft Internet Explorer and, as a result, a spike in downloads of Firefox and other alternative browsers.

Microsoft vulnerabilities, as well as causing governmental concern also made the news this week with perhaps one of the oldest software flaws; A hole with origins going back 17 years has been found in all 32bit versions of Windows. including Windows 7.

Security Alerts

Open Source

As expected, this week saw the European Commission giving the go ahead to the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems and ignoring the pleas of Monty Widenius and others for MySQL to be isolated from the deal. Widenius has appealed to the Russian and Chinese competition authorities, but this seems unlikely to affect the acquisition. Canonical and IBM announced their cooperation on offering Ubuntu plus Lotus components and a support service as a viable alternative to Windows 7 for companies considering their future software needs. The H published another edition of our Linux Kernel Log, this time dealing with the longer term maintenance of the various stable series of Linux kernels.

Some of the most significant releases this week are Firefox related. The Firebug developers actually managed to release Firebug 1.5.0 a little ahead of the Mozilla release of Firefox 3.6.

Open Source Releases

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