3/17/2005

Serious Flaw In McAfee’s Antivirus

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For the fifth time in two months, security researchers publicized a serious flaw in a widely used virus-scanning program.

The vulnerability affects McAfee’s Antivirus Library, a collection of common code shared among the security software company’s various virus scanners, including GroupShield for mail servers and VirusScan for PCs. An attacker could use the flaw to cause a vulnerable system to run a file instead of scanning it for malicious code.

While the company just learned of the issue recently, an update offered to corporate customers in November and consumers in December added security measures that fixed the problem.

“Once the update was released, all current subscribers got the fix,” said Mark Solomon, senior product manager for McAfee. “For anyone who is no longer a subscriber, this is a reminder to renew.”

Source: News.com

Google Goes Open Source

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

After promising to release some of its code to the open source community, Google finally did it. Today Google debute Google Code.

Google Code is Google’s site for external developers interested in Google-related development. It’s where Google publish free source code and lists of API services. As of now there are 4 projects published in Google Code: Perftools, sparsehashtable, coredumper and goopy/functional Details can be found at http://code.google.com/projects.html

MS Migrated More Than 1.5 Million Novell NetWare Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp. and Quest Software Inc., a leading provider of application, database and Windows(R)-based management solutions, today announced they have reached a milestone by successfully migrating more than 1.5 million Novell NetWare users to Microsoft(R) Windows Server(TM) 2003.

Native Support in Exchange Server 2003 for Novell GroupWise Migration Exchange Server 2003 now will natively support migration tools for Novell GroupWise 6.5.x. Previously, only Novell GroupWise 5.x and Novell GroupWise 4.1x versions were supported. The tools enable coexistence between GroupWise and Exchange Server 2003 networks, providing the interoperability required for the effective migration of users in phases.

The NetWare migration promotion program, launched in November 2004, provides a combination of tools, prescriptive guidance, training and technical support for customers considering migrating from Novell NetWare to Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Yahoo vows to open all services to Firefox

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Yahoo has confirmed plans to allow Firefox users to access all its products and services, many of which are currently only available through Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser.

In February, Yahoo launched a search toolbar for Firefox but users of the open source browser were forced to revert back to IE to access some Yahoo features. For example, Yahoo Messenger users still cannot use Firefox to customise their online avatar and have to revert back to IE.

However, a Yahoo spokesperson told ZDNet Australia on Tuesday that the company would not launch any new products or services in the future without ensuring that they work on both IE and Firefox.

“Due to the explosive popularity of the Firefox browser, it has now been added to our suite of browsers to test our products against. All new products that Yahoo develops will be tested against Firefox,” the spokesperson said.

However, Yahoo would not commit to a date when all its current services – including avatar customisation – will be available to Firefox users.

Source: ZDNet

Sun tweaks Java licensing

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sun Microsystems on Wednesday tweaked its Java licensing, emphasizing that the company wants to make Java as open source as possible while maintaining platform compatibility.

The vendor also provided an update on the next version of Java, which boosts Web services functionality on the client side.

Key to the company’s licensing plan is Project Peabody, which introduces a new scheme called a JIUL (Java Internal Use License), pronounced “jewel.? Under JIUL, users can change Java source code for their internal use only. JIUL is based on an honor system in which Sun expects compatibility to the J2SE specification but relies on users to ensure that compatibility. Use of Java under JIUL is free.

There is a risk, though, of Java forking because of JIUL but the company is allowing users to take that risk, said Graham Hamilton, a Sun vice president and Sun Fellow in the company’s Java platform group, during a teleconference. Forking of Java previously has yielded only regrets, according to Sun officials.

JIUL is expected to be ready in about a month.

Sun with its licensing efforts is seeking to appease open source advocates and those emphasizing compatibility.

Source: InfoWorld

Philips claims ’super Flash’ memory breakthrough

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Scientists at Philips have developed a material for non-volatile memory chips that’s not only better than Flash in almost every respect, but keeps on getting better the smaller you shrink the memory cells.

Philips’ material operates on the same principle as rewriteable DVDs - its physical state can be changed back and forth between two forms, known as ‘phases’, by pumping it with energy. Each phase can be used to represent the 1s and 0s of binary data.

The material’s phase change is fast, taking place in under 30ns, in the prototype cell. That, the company said, is 100 to 200 times faster than today’s Flash memory cells, and getting awfully close to DRAM speeds.

Source: The Register

Google X Disappear

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google’s latest technology experiment paid tribute to Apple Computer, but the Mac OS X-themed version of the search king’s Web site was taken down a day after its debut.

Google software engineer Chikai Ohazama played up his work, Google X, on the company’s blog on Tuesday. Located on Google’s test site, Google X featured an alternate way to connect to various services, allowing people to click on a series of graphical icons in a method inspired by a feature in Apple’s operating system.

As of Wednesday afternoon, however, the Web page was inaccessible.

The site functioned much like the Dock feature that exists in Apple’s OS X. There was a row of icons for various Google services, and as a user hovered over a particular icon, it was magnified. The similar Dock feature on the Mac exists at the bottom of the screen, allowing a user to quickly get to frequently used programs, documents and Web sites.

Google specifically called out the similarity with a message on the Google X page. “Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you,” the message said.

Apple has sought patent protection for the “Genie Effect” used in the Dock.

Google and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Source: News.com

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