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10 April 2010, 11:59

The H Week - Patent wars and certificate searches

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The H Week Logo Over the past week, The H has looked at reports that IBM had broken its 2005 patent pledge and Canonical going back to Google for search, a return of Linux on the PS3, a new exploitable Java hole, online virus scanners for virus authors, the planned closure of a VBScript hole in IE, Adobe's silent updates activating and more...


The H's editor-in-chief, Dj Walker-Morgan, commented on the dispute between IBM and TurboHercules SAS while Richard Hillesley looked at Emacs and the creation of the GPL, Glyn Moody talked about free software in developing countries and Thorsten Leemhuis delivered a new edition of the Kernel Log covering the latest graphics drivers and Mesa3D updates.

Open Source

IBM was found to have included two patents it pledged not to assert in 2005 in a case against TurboHercules SAS and its open source mainframe emulator; IBM denied that it had broken the pledge and was backed by the Linux Foundation. Parallels joined the Linux Foundation ahead of the upcoming Collaboration Summit and Microsoft was criticised for its implementation plans of its own OOXML standard. Canonical switched back to Google as default search in Ubuntu. Hacker George Hotz previewed a custom firmware for the PS3 that returned support for Linux. A new X Server, DragonFly BSD optimised for SSD caching and an updated JavaScript benchmark were among the weeks new open source releases.

Open Source Releases


An exploitable Java hole is discovered. The GhostNet espionage network is found to be larger and more sophisticated than had been assumed. Online virus scanners aimed at virus authors have emerged and Mozilla confirmed that it is to remove a root certificate, thought to be of unknown origin but actually from RSA. Joanna Rutkowska released a new operating system called Qubes that creates a separate virtual system for every task. Whois and SSL certificate metadata could be used for cross-site scripting attacks. Microsoft and Adobe announced upcoming security updates for their products and an updated version of the open source ClamAV was released with new malware detection techniques.

Security updates

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