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28 August 2010, 11:59

The H Week - OpenSolaris Governance Board resigns, DLL hijacking spreads

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The H Week Logo In the past week, The H reported that the OpenSolaris Governance Board resigned, more Windows applications were found to be vulnerable to DLL hijacking, Ubuntu got a technical architect, Fedora 14 alpha arrived and Zurich Insurance was fined £2.28m for losing its customers' private data


This week, The H featured a new edition of the Kernel Log on the arrival of the latest X Server, Radeon Drivers and Stable kernels and all the latest news, in detail, from the world of Linux development. Richard Hillesley took an in-depth look at the history behind the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and how it has helped make free software cheaper to develop. September's open source and security community events in the UK were listed in The H's Community Calendar.


Microsoft confirmed the existence of the DLL hijacking vulnerability as the list of affected applications increased, IBM's latest X-Force report confirmed that the number of unpatched critical vulnerabilities is on the rise and the US Deputy Secretary of Defense confirmed a 2008 attack on military computers via a USB flash drive.

The H reported that the WPA key used by German Telekom's popular Speedport routers are easily discovered, police confiscated hardware belonging to VPN provider Perfect Privacy, Microsoft changed the license on its process for developing secure software and Zurich Insurance was fined £2.28 million for losing the details of 46,000 of its customers.

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The OpenSolaris Governance Board (OGB) resigned while Nexenta announced that its OpenSolaris based NexentaStor software is now pre-certified to work with Supermicros's Super Storage Bridge Bay. Allison Randal was appointed as the Technical Architect of Ubuntu at Canonical by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth and the MPEG LA appeared to respond to VP8 by announcing an permanent end to royalties for free H.264 internet streaming.

The first pre-release version of Fedora 14 arrived this week and glibc is finally free of a 25 year old license restriction thanks to a Fedora engineer. SpringSource released RabbitMQ 2.0.0 and announced a RabbitMQ Plug-in for the Grails web application framework. The 2011 FOSDEM conference and the Ubuntu 11.04 Developer Summit were announced.

It was confirmed that Larry Ellison would be presenting the opening keynote at JavaOne, Motorola bought open source Cappuccino web framework maker 280 North and Google wrapped up its sixth annual Summer of Code event. InfoWorld presented its yearly Bossie (Best Open Source Software) Awards, Novell announced a decline in its quarterly revenues and profits, and Red Hat outlined its future cloud strategy.

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