Attack targeting open-source web app keeps growing

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An attack targeting sites running unpatched versions of the osCommerce web application kept growing virally this week, more than three weeks after a security firm warned it was being used to install malware on the computers of unsuspecting users.

When researchers from Armorize first spotted the exploit on July 24, they estimated it had injected malicious links into about 91,000 webpages. By early last week, The Reg reported it had taken hold of almost 5 million pages. At time of writing, Google searches suggested that the number exceeded 8.3 million


Google Unleashes Native Client Into Chrome

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For well over a year now, Google has been hyping up something called Native Client. It’s an open source technology that allows a web browser to run compiled native code. In other words, it’s a potential missing link between native apps and web apps. And now it’s finally getting baked into Chrome.

As Google notes on their Chrome Blog blog today, the latest beta version of Chrome (version 14) has Native Client built-in. Their implementation allows for C and C code to be executed inside of the browser while maintaining the security that a web technology like JavaScript offers.


Wix Launches Free Mobile Web Site Builder

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Wix.com, a free Web publishing platform, has announced that it will now help customers cater to on-the-go audiences with the launch of WixMobile, a free mobile Web site builder. The update expands the company’s product line, which lets users create free Web sites and customized Facebook fan pages.

Designed as an easy and cost-effective way for anyone to get a mobile site up and running in under 10 minutes, WixMobile users can build mobile sites without any previous coding experience. They simply select a site template and customize the background, colors, text, icons, and more. WixMobile offers one-click access to business hours, contact information, directions, and other action-oriented areas. Now small business owners can quickly create a mobile site without the need to shell out big bucks for costly coders.


Fetch, Googlebot! Google’s New Way To Submit URLs & Updated Pages

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Today, Google launched a new way for site owners to request that specific web pages be crawled. How is this different from the other ways available to let Google know about your pages and when should you use this feature vs. the others? Read on for more.

This new method for submitting URLs to Google is limited, so you should use it when it’s important that certain pages be crawled right away. Although Google doesn’t guarantee that they’ll index every page that they crawl, this new feature does seem to at least escalate that evaluation process.

Google Threw A Punch, Microsoft Fires Back With A Missile | LinkedIn

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Earlier today, Google came out swinging. Seemingly sick of being continuously slapped in the face by the patent issue, Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, wrote a blog post calling out several of Google’s rivals for attempting to use “bogus patents” to destroy Android. Chief among the rivals called out was Microsoft. Drummond noted that the software giant had been getting in bed with other rivals to hurt Google.

Among the accusations was that Microsoft teamed up with Apple to buy Novell’s old patents, implying that they did so in order to keep them away from Google.

Microsoft didn’t take too kindly to that remark.

“Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no,” Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel tweeted out in response.


I Just Found Java Compiler Bug

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I just found a bug in Java compiler (java version “1.6.0_24″), where the compiler allows to return null in a method signature that return int.

Here is an example of the code that should not compile.

public int foo()
return true ? null : 0;

Of course the “true” can be replaced with any boolean expression.

The java compiler compiles this code without problem, however at runtime you’ll get NullPointerException.

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