11/27/2006

Oracle database software has more flaws than SQL Server

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp may be taking the most heat among software vendors for security problems, but it’s not always the one with the worst record.

A comparison of vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s SQL Server database with Oracle Corp.’s relational database management products by Next Generation Security Software Ltd. (NGSS) shows that the latter vendor’s products to have far more vulnerabilities than do products from Microsoft.

Between December 2000 and November 2006, external researchers discovered 233 vulnerabilities in Oracle’s products compared with 59 in Microsoft’s SQL Server technology, according to NGSS, which has worked for Microsoft in the past to make its software products more secure. The study looked at vulnerabilities that were reported and fixed in SQL Server 7, 2000 and 2005 and Oracle’s database Versions 8, 9 and 10g.

Source: computerworld

Google flaw adds phishing hole to Web sites

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A security flaw in Google’s search appliances could expose Web sites that use the products to information-stealing phishing attacks, experts warned Monday.

The Google Search Appliance and Google Mini are used by organizations including banks and universities to add search features to Web sites. A flaw in the way the systems handle certain characters makes it possible to craft a Web link that looks like it points to a trusted site, but when clicked serves up content from a third, potentially malicious site.

“This vulnerability affects a lot of very large Web sites,” John Herron, a security expert who maintains the NIST.org site, said in an e-mail. “It basically allows a virtual defacement of a Web site when following a malicious link.”

The vulnerability provides cybercrooks a hook for phishing attacks, scams that try to trick people into giving up sensitive information such as credit card data and Social Security numbers. Phishing scams typically use spam e-mail with a link to a fraudulent Web site.

Source: News.com

Maryland court to launch Webcasting plan

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Maryland’s highest court is launching a project for live Webcasting of its sessions, hoping to be ready in time to broadcast arguments set for Dec. 4 in a high-profile case involving gay marriage.

The first Webcast is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, giving the court a little time to solve problems that might develop before the gay marriage case is argued next week. The state is asking the high court to overturn a circuit court ruling that the Maryland law defining marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional.

Source: AP

French parliament dumping Windows for Linux

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

France’s gendarmes and Ministry of Culture and Communication have done it, and now members of the country’s parliarment are about to switch to open source.

Starting in June 2007, PCs in French deputes’ offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open-source productivity software.

The project, backed by parliament members Richard Cazenave and Bernard Carayon of the Union for a Popular Movement party, will see 1,154 French parliamentary workstations running on Linux, with OpenOffice.org productivity software, the Firefox Web browser and an open-source e-mail client.

Source: News.com

EU says more than half e-mails are spam

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80 percent of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said Monday.

EU Media Commissioner Viviane Reding called on EU governments to step up their fight against spam, spyware and other illegal online activities and implement EU rules to improve Internet safety.

An EU report found that only two EU nations — the Netherlands and Finland — were making inroads in enforcing the 2002 law to crack down on spam.

“Spam is still … making up to between 50 and 80 percent of the mails that we are receiving in Europe and two-thirds of that is coming from outside the
European Union,” said EU spokesman Martin Selmayr.

Selmayr said Dutch authorities were able to reduce spam by 85 percent by using fines to get businesses to fall in line with the EU rule.

Source: AP

Shift to Finer, Larger TVs Favors LCD over Plasma

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Plasma TV suppliers such as Panasonic maker Matsushita Electric, already outnumbered by the rival LCD camp, are expected to lose further ground as LCD TVs encroach on the 40-inch-class market, a plasma stronghold.

Growing demand for higher-resolution models is also giving a leg up to liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, promoted by Sony Corp. and many others in Taiwan and South Korea, paving the way for consolidation among plasma companies, analysts say.

It is technologically difficult and often costly for plasma makers to give a full high-definition function to models with a screen size of less than 50 inches, while LCD TV makers are aggressively promoting full HD models in that segment although prices are generally higher.

“This Christmas season probably is the last chance for (plasma TV makers) to promote 42-inch models. By this time next year probably there will be no price difference between plasma and LCD TVs,” Credit Suisse analyst Wanli Wang said.

Source: eWeek

Web site hikes pay for fledgling video directors

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Break.com, one of the rising number of Web sites offering user-generated videos to rival the likes of YouTube, said on Sunday it would nearly double the amount of money it pays for video clips to $400.

Back in January 2005, Break.com started paying $50 per video and raised the price to $250 before Sunday’s new hike, Chief Executive Officer Keith Richman said.

The money is even better for animated videos which, due to the complexity of their production, will fetch up to $2,000.

Web video payouts and increases like those unveiled by Break.com are being closely watched in the fledgling Internet arena where competitors such as Revver, BlipTV or iFilm are trying to improve content to lure viewers and advertisers.

Source: Reuters

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