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Security

Opera Security Patched In Secret 88

Posted by Zonk
from the on-the-downlow dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Opera 9.10 released in December seemed to be a rather cosmetic update. But as heise Security reports, behind the scenes Opera patched two remote code execution holes — neither of them mentioned in the changelog. In addition, Opera rates an exploitable heap overflow as 'moderate' because it is 'not trivial to exploit it reliably'. From the article: 'JPEG images can be specially prepared to cause a buffer overflow on the heap. Even though Opera suggests in the heading to its security notice that this problem only causes the browser to crash, the flaw can nonetheless be exploited to inject and execute code. Security service provider iDefense, which reported the hole to Opera, has confirmed this. The same holds true for a flawed type conversion in the JavaScript support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Attackers can specially call the function createSVGTransformFromMatrix to have the browser execute code with the user's rights.'"
Announcements

+ - Orkut goes public

Submitted by jmusits
jmusits (727995) writes "I don't think this is a dupe, but many may already know. orkut has now open it's doors to the general public (at least anyone w/ a google account). You no longer need to be "invited" by someone else. A a user of Facebook during my college years and not knowing anyone on orkut before, I was quite happy to be able to join. Also I like orkut's interface and philosophy much more than any other online community I have been a part of before."
Education

+ - How To Go To MIT For Free

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "Can't scrape up the bucks for junior college tuition? Don't worry, there's always MIT. By the end of 2007, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at MIT will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world thanks to OpenCourseWare (OCW). Learners won't have to register for the classes, and everyone is accepted. The cost? It's all free of charge."

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928

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