Linux Vulnerability Report Draws Criticism

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A U.S. government study that reports there were three times more software vulnerabilities in the Linux/Unix platform than in the Windows platform during 2005 not only is drawing criticism from the open-source community but also has prompted questions from security authorities.

Cyber Security Bulletin 2005, published last week by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), indicates that, out of 5,198 reported flaws, 812 were Windows vulnerabilities, 2,328 were Linux/Unix flaws, and 2,058 were multiple system vulnerabilities.

In response to the report, NewsForge.com pointed out that, while many in the trade press have concluded that Windows is three times safer than Linux, the government figures are somewhat misleading.

One figure represents the vulnerabilities found in Windows operating systems, including XP, NT, and 98, while the other represents a total figure for Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, the BSDs, and Linux, as well as 100 different versions of Linux.

A vulnerability in Mac OS X, for example, does not apply to Linux or Unix, he said, but the government report does not make that clear. Likewise, the Firefox browser is listed under the Linux platform, but it runs on multiple operating systems, said Brockmeier.

He also pointed out that the CERT study does not take into consideration the severity of vulnerabilities, or how long it takes a vendor to offer a fix.

Source: newsfactor

A DVD combo? Don’t hold your breath

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

For consumers, a device that could play both HD DVDs and Blu-ray discs would take a lot of risk out of adopting the new video players–but one may not arrive for a while.

Legal agreements, intellectual property issues and technological pride will likely keep the two camps backing incompatible next-generation technologies from coming together in the near future, executives and analysts said.

“Until everyone agrees to check their egos at the door and help the consumer, there is nothing we can do about a universal product,” said Peter Weedfald, a senior vice president of marketing at Samsung North America.

HD DVD and Blu-ray are competing video and storage formats for succeeding DVDs. While some movie studios said in mid-2005 that they were open to merging the two formats, by late summer, such talk had fizzled out.

Source: News.com

U.K. bank discounts antivirus tool for customers

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British-based Barclays Bank is urging customers of its online service to download security software, which is provided as part of a tie-up with Finnish antivirus vendor F-Secure. The tools available to download on the online banking site include anti-spyware protection and rootkit detection as well as a traditional antivirus product.

Source: News.com

All eyes on Jobs as Macworld begins

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer Inc. had no booth of its own at last week’s massive annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It didn’t need one. Apple’s iPods were everywhere, the name of the company on myriad lips.

CEO Steve Jobs prefers to be the star of his own show and that’s the plan Tuesday as he takes center stage at the Macworld Expo. Apple observers will be amazed if Jobs doesn’t announce a riveting new product to keep up his company’s steamrolling momentum.

Last year, Jobs used his keynote at the annual San Francisco conference to unveil the iPod shuffle - the company’s first flash memory-based audio player - and the Mac mini, Apple’s first foray in the affordable PC market.

On the eve of this year’s Macworld, speculation revolved around Apple’s planned move to microprocessors made by Intel Corp. The two companies announced a partnership in June, and many analysts expect Apple to consummate the deal with a product as early as Tuesday - six months ahead of schedule.

Source: AP

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