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Security

+ - Severe Google Desktop XSS Vulnerability

Tsudohnimh writes: "A new research from Watchfire has revealed a serious vulnerability in Google Desktop.
The attack, which is fully presented in a new Watchfire research paper released today can allow a malicious individual to achieve not only remote, persistent access to sensitive data, but in some cases full system control as well.
The full paper can be found here (1).
A demonstration of the attack flow can be found here(2).
1. http://www.watchfire.com/resources/Overtaking-Goog le-Desktop.pdf
2. http://download.watchfire.com/googledesktopdemo/in dex.htm"
Programming

+ - A Universal Markup Storage Format

An anonymous reader writes: Every blog, forum, or CMS has its own markup language for formatting posts. But when you start to mix and match markups, things go haywire. If you have a web-based platform and are looking to support multiple markup languages for posters/authors to use, then you need to start to use a universal markup storage format in your database to preserve formatting, extend flexibility, and allow users to switch from one markup language to another.

Deprecating the Datacenter? 367 367

m0smithslash writes "The blogging CEO asserts that that datacenters are doomed. Computers are showing up in everything from drill bits, to cargo ships to tracking devices in stuffed animals at Disneyland. With computers becoming so small and easy to distribute over a wireless network, do we really need data centers to house computers or are the computers going to be placed where they are really needed?"

Enron's Kenneth Lay Dies 868 868

Don420 writes "This morning the biggest corporate criminal in modern history, Kenneth Lay, died of a massive coronary before he could receive his sentence. Lay was found guilty of being in charge of the scheme that had many lose their live-savings through a scheme of complex offshore holdings and is to thank for our having to live with Sarbanes-Oxely." From the article: "Enron filed for bankruptcy in December 2001 after investigators found it had used partnerships to conceal more than $1 billion in debt and inflate profits. Enron's downfall cost 4,000 employees their jobs and many of them their life savings, and led to billions of dollars of losses for investors."

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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