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18 June 2011, 11:59

The H Week - OpenOffice, LibreOffice and yet more hacker attacks

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The H Week Logo was accepted into the Apache Incubator as LibreOffice was updated, UK government commitment to open standards slipped, CSS Lint offered to "hurt your feelings" and a release candidate appeared for Firefox 5. The IMF was hacked and LulzSec attacked the US Senate and CIA, Citibank credit card accounts were compromised, $500,000 worth of Bitcoin stolen, and Microsoft's patch day fixed 34 holes.


In The H this week, Glyn Moody asked if we still need the FSF, GNU and GPL, and Thorsten Leemhuis previewed the next version of Powertop, brought the latest Linux news in a new edition of the Kernel Log, and looked at how Xen has let KVM take the virtualisation lead.

Open Source

A big week for as the project was accepted into the Apache Software Foundation's Incubator. The FSF supported LibreOffice and, with a newly appointed advisory board, The Document Foundation released an update to LibreOffice 3.3.

The EKOPath 4 compiler suite was open sourced, Python 2.7 and 3.1 got maintenance updates and Ada developers got Adacore's latest GPL release of the GNAT development environment.

The UK Cabinet Office appears to have backtracked on commitments made to adopt open standards, Adobe stopped porting AIR to desktop Linux citing poor take-up, a new CSS checking tool set out to "hurt your feelings", the latest Airtime radio station software was released and Fedora 13 headed towards its end of life.

Open Source Releases

New releases for SeaMonkey, KDE, Tiki, Apache Traffic Server, Titanium Studio, FreeNAS, Parted Magic, Tiny Core Linux, MariaDB, Native Linux KVM Tool and Horde Groupware.

In development


Breaches all round this week as the International Monetary Fund admitted it had been attacked, games companies found themselves in the hackers' sights, LulzSec took on the US Senate and CIA web sites, 360,000 credit card accounts were compromised at Citibank with a simple URL manipulation and the Turkish authorities said they'd arrested people in connection with Anonymous attacks on government systems.

Nissan LEAF electric cars were discovered to be oversharing their location and speed with RSS feeds. A screenshot stealing hole was found in Firefox 4's WebGL and malware took advantage of a permissions flaw on devices with custom Android ROMs. A report claimed that $500,000 worth of Bitcoin had gone astray, and a trojan that targets Bitcoins wallets surfaced. Metasploit offered a bounty for creating exploits.

Security Alerts

It was Patch Tuesday this week and Microsoft and Adobe released lots of patches for their products.

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