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Databases

Security Fix Leads To PostgreSQL Lock Down 100

hypnosec writes "The developers of the PostgreSQL have announced that they are locking down access to the PostgreSQL repositories to only committers while a fix for a "sufficiently bad" security issue applied. The lock down is temporary and will be lifted once the next release is available. The core committee has announced that they 'apologize in advance for any disruption' adding that 'It seems necessary in this instance, however.'"

Submission + - Hotel Room Locks Picked in Seconds (yahoo.com)

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Onity is being exposed for having insecure locks, sold to many hotel chains including Hilton Worldwide. After the exposure, several youtube videos have hit the internet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMw7LkMJOBQ, showing how easy it is. A spokesperson for Hilton Worldwide said, "The safety and security of our guests is always our highest priority, and we are working with Onity to investigate and address this issue."
Security experts say it is important for guests who are concerned about safety to increase their use of in room safes, deadbolts and chains.

Patents

Submission + - Slide to Unlock: The next invalid Apple patent? (hubpages.com)

netdemonboberb writes: "According to this article, Apple patents USPTO 7657849 and 8046721, regarding slide to unlock capabilities, are the next in the line of patents for technology that Apple didn't really invent but was just the only company brazen enough to file patents for. There are already four points that can invalidate the patent, described in the article, including prior art of another phone and an ACM Journal in 1992. Additionally, the patents are too general and cover almost any User Interface to unlock a phone. This is just another in a growing list of examples of how the US patent system is being abused, costing company budgets defending themselves from frivolous patents at the expense of innovation and technology growth."

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