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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.'"
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+ - Delft Students start developing UFO

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FreshTech
FreshTech writes "Would you like to go down in history as the man or woman who provided society with a truly innovative means of air transport and gave a massive boost to the aviation industry? Are you ambitious enough to tackle such a challenge successfully? And are you daring enough to stray from well-trodden paths? Shown above: the picture of what looks like a UFO. This is the vacancy for CleanEra, a project at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Eight international PhD researchers and one committed and experienced project leader will take up the challenge to design the most environmentally friendly airplane ever conceived. The project starts this April and will last for four years. The target of the project is to make an airplane that uses half the amount of fuel(and by that emits half the amount of CO2) and reduces the emissions of nitrogen oxides by 80%. The airplane has to offer enough space for 125 passengers."

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