12th > August > 2002 Archive

SSL defeated in IE and Konqueror

A colossal stuff-up in Microsoft's and KDE's implementation of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate handling makes it possible for anyone with a valid VeriSign SSL site certificate to forge any other VeriSign SSL site certificate, and abuse hapless Konqueror and Internet Explorer users with impunity.
Thomas C Greene, 12 Aug 2002

Bell Labs simplifies single sign-on

ComputerWire, 12 Aug 2002

IBM, MS, BEA combine rival web service specs

ComputerWire, 12 Aug 2002

Shadow Robot Co. builds Helping Hand

The Shadow Robot Company, based in London, has received £75,000 from the UK government to build a robotic arm to help people with physical impairments, Matthew Clarke writes.
ElectricNews.net, 12 Aug 2002
SGI logo hardware close-up

IBM bags 10 new Linux customers

ComputerWire, 12 Aug 2002

.NET cloud on the Eclipse horizon

ComputerWire, 12 Aug 2002

Alcatel owns US employee's thoughts

A US man says he will appeal a court's decision which ruled that an idea that existed only in his mind belonged to his employer.
Tim Richardson, 12 Aug 2002

BOL UK to become online book club

BOL.com - the Bertelsmann ecommerce venture created to rival the mighty Amazon - is to enter a new chapter of etailing in the UK.
Tim Richardson, 12 Aug 2002

Sun revives Solaris for Intel

Sun is to revive the Intel version of Solaris, which it effectively mothballed late last year.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2002

The hacker's worst enemy? Another hacker

DNSCON 5By far the most entertaining - and controversial - speech of this year's DNSCON, the UK hacker conference, was delivered by Scotsman Gus (something of the Irvine Welsh of the UK's h4xOr scene) who lambasted the Hollywood image of hacking.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2002

EasyEverything fights music biz over download demands

Cybercafe chain EasyEverything is digging in its heels over the music industry's attempt to make it cough up £100,000 for allowing its customers to download music from the Net.
Tim Richardson, 12 Aug 2002

Dell's Xmas PDA?

Digitimes suggests that Dell will enter the PocketPC business in time for Christmas with a $299 PDA.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2002

The SPEC CPU 2004 Benchmark search program

Write a cool CPU benchmark and you could win up to $5,000. And free benchmarking software. And see your efforts incorporated into the SPEC CPU 2004 benchmark suite.
Drew Cullen, 12 Aug 2002

Tiscali gets tough with service ‘abusers’

Tiscali UK has threatened to boot off users who abuse its 24/7 unmetered dial-up service. In an email Tiscali warned punters that they have "extremely high usage" on their AnyTime dial-up packages.
Tim Richardson, 12 Aug 2002

Big Biz users mistreat laptops

Physical misuse of laptops is behind the majority of faults with corporate machines, costing UK plc millions of unnecessary equipment repairs.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2002

The Bunk stops here

Site of The DayWhen it comes to urban legends, get rich quick schemes, stupid chainmail, virus hoaxes, the Internet is the most virulent infectious agent of all.
Drew Cullen, 12 Aug 2002

Verity Stob's Edsger Dijkstra tribute

LettersRe: Edsger Dijkstra: RIP
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2002

Unix GUI in heap big security trouble

The Common Desktop Environment (CDE) ToolTalk RPC database server contains a vulnerability that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on target systems or cause a denial of service.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2002

Sun's Big Bear Intel hug

Sun Microsystems has confirmed the specifications for its first general purpose server to feature Intel chips.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2002

Sun library bug affects *Nix and Kerberos

Administrators are urged to review the impact of a potentially serious vulnerability affecting many Linux and Unix distributions.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2002