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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

A new Java zero-day security vulnerability is already being actively exploited to compromise PCs. The best way to defend against the attacks is to disable any Java browser plugins on your systems. The offending bug is present in fully patched and up-to-date installations of the Java platform, now overseen by database giant …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2013
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'Xiaomi is good enough to break the American market' - Apple's Woz

This was the week when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak rather bizarrely backed a Chinese firm that's been roundly mocked for emulating the fruity firm. Apparently Xiaomi, dubbed the Apple of the Far East, is so similar to the fruity firm that its founder Lei Jun even appears in Steve Jobs-esque attire of black shirt and blue …
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Speedy MySQL 5.6 takes aim at NoSQL, MariaDB

Oracle has announced general availability of MySQL 5.6, even as many MySQL users prepare to transition to alternatives such as MariaDB because of what they claim is Oracle's overweening handling of the open source database. "The new features and enhancements that MySQL 5.6 delivers further demonstrate Oracle's investment in …
Neil McAllister, 06 Feb 2013
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Oracle upgrades Big Data Appliance with Xeon E5s

Database giant Oracle is trying to keep the myriad NoSQL and alternative data stores and big data munchers like Hadoop at bay by commercializing and integrating a bunch of proprietary and open source software onto preconfigured x86-based servers that it sells in appliance fashion. Oracle has not talked about how well or poorly …
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Oracle plans deep integration of Eloqua marketing tech

Oracle will make sure its recently acquired Eloqua marketing cloud plays along with Microsoft and Salesforce systems, though it plans to closely link the marketing suite with its own sales technology as well. Describing Eloqua as "the centerpiece for Oracle's cloud," Oracle's president Mark Hurd said in a webcast on Thursday …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2013
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Java 8 release date slips again, now planned for 2014

Oracle has redoubled its efforts to address the recent spate of vulnerabilities related to Java running in web browsers, but the renewed focus on security has had an unfortunate side effect – namely, that Java 8 will no longer ship by its planned September 2013 release date. According to Mark Reinhold, chief architect for Oracle …
Neil McAllister, 18 Apr 2013
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Not done yet: Oracle to ship revised Java fix on February 19

If at first you don't succeed, and all that... Oracle now says the emergency Java Critical Patch Update it rushed out the door on February 1 didn't fix all of the issues it had originally intended to address, and that a revised patch including fixes for the remaining flaws will ship on February 19. February 19 had been the …
Neil McAllister, 12 Feb 2013
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Oracle updates Java versioning to allow more security fixes

Seemingly borrowing a page from the old, line-numbered BASIC programs of the 1980s, Oracle has adopted a new version numbering strategy for the Java Development Kit (JDK) – one that skips numbers, in case Oracle has to go back and plunk in new code later. Traditionally, Oracle has issued new patches for the JDK on a predictable …
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2013
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Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin

Oracle has issued a rare emergency patch to address two vulnerabilities in the Java plugin for web browsers that the company says are being actively exploited. "Due to the severity of these vulnerabilities, and the reported exploitation of CVE-2013-1493 'in the wild,' Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply the updates …
Neil McAllister, 05 Mar 2013
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Oracle database roadmap builds over Raw Iron

Oracle has acknowledged past mistakes by laying out a database development roadmap intended to make high-end capabilities more generally available. Having "done" grid in 10g, the database giant said Monday it's now working to "surround" the core database with additional features, such as automatic storage management, while also …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2007
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Red Hat: We still love Java 6, even if Oracle doesn't

Red Hat has announced that it is assuming the leadership of the OpenJDK 6 community, just days after Oracle issued what it said would be the final patch for version 6 of its commercial Java SE 6 Development Kit. Oracle posted JDK 6 Update 43 on Monday as an emergency patch for the latest in a series of severe vulnerabilities …
Neil McAllister, 08 Mar 2013

Oracle posts flat revenues on slow software sales

Oracle execs were quick to talk up the company's cloud efforts during its Q4 2013 earnings call on Thursday, but slow software sales disappointed investors and sent Oracle's shares tumbling in after-hours trading. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of Oracle's fiscal 2013 were flat at $10.9bn when compared to the same period …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013
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Oracle: Google impurifying media's precious bodily fluids

Oracle says it would never give money to any outside blogger or journalist who writes about its ongoing litigation against Google – except Florian Mueller, that is. On the other hand, the database giant says Google employs an insidious "network of influencers" that it uses to "shape public perceptions" about the suit. Oracle …
Neil McAllister, 17 Aug 2012
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Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

Oracle has asked a US Federal Circuit Appeals Court to overturn an earlier decision in the database giant's billion-dollar intellectual property lawsuit against Google, with an audacious brief that compares Google's use of Java in its Android smartphone OS to an author selling counterfeit Harry Potter books. Oracle's appeal …
Neil McAllister, 13 Feb 2013
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Latest Java patch is not enough, warns US gov: Axe plugins NOW

Security experts advise users to not run Java in their web browsers despite a patch from Oracle that mitigates a widely exploited security vulnerability. The database giant issued an emergency out-of-band patch on Sunday, but despite this the US Department of Homeland Security continues to warn citizens to disable Java plugins …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2013
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Oracle: Get your Red Hat Linux patches from us, it's easier

In the latest episode in its ongoing pissing match with leading Linux vendor Red Hat, Oracle has set up a new service that allows Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers to more easily browse the source code of changes Red Hat has made to its version of the Linux kernel. Called RedPatch, the new service is a Git repository …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2012

Oracle, SAP under attack: How cloud upstarts steal their lunch

After more than 20 years coining it, the Goliaths of the lucrative enterprise software world are about to meet their Davids: nimble rivals touting technology at a sensible price. And as we shall see, with customers jumping on cheaper services, ultimately the giants could be destroyed by their reliance on expensive support …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2013
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Oracle customers DEMANDED infrastructure cloud

Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison didn't want to get into the infrastructure cloud business, but the company's customers have pushed for Oracle to do it. At the opening keynote at the OpenWorld customer and partner extravaganza in San Francisco on Sunday night, Ellison announced a new lineup of Exadata X3 database clusters …
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Surprised? Old Java exploit helped spread Red October spyware

Unpatched Java installations may have helped spread the malware responsible for the recently uncovered "Red October" cyber-spying campaign, researchers at Seculert have revealed. Kaspersky Labs first disclosed the existence of Red October on Monday, claiming that the program had been responsible for attacks on systems in Eastern …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2013
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Oracle rushes out patch for critical 0-day Java exploit

In an uncommon break with its thrice-annual security update schedule, Oracle has released a patch for three Java 7 security flaws that have recently been targeted by web-based exploits. "Due to the high severity of these vulnerabilities, Oracle recommends that customers apply this Security Alert as soon as possible," Eric …
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2012
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Here we go again: Critical flaw found in just-patched Java

Security Explorations, the Polish security startup that discovered the Java SE 7 vulnerabilities that have been the targets of recent web-based exploits, has spotted a new flaw that affects the patched version of Java released this Thursday. The company would not disclose specific details on the nature of the new vulnerability …
Neil McAllister, 31 Aug 2012

Oracle UK boss ousted to channel after 'sales slump'

Oracle UK and Ireland boss Dave Callaghan has been switched out of his role amid claims that the Blighty wing missed its sales target by about ten per cent. In a straight job swap, Callaghan has been handed control of EMEA channels and Dermot O'Kelly has moved in the opposite direction to take the hot seat. The exchange happened …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2012
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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

A new browser-based exploit for a Java vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on client systems has been spotted in the wild – and because of Oracle's Java patch schedule, it may be some time before a fix becomes widely available. The vulnerability is present in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1 …
Neil McAllister, 27 Aug 2012
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Oracle's Africa dealings under FBI, SEC, DoJ investigation

Oracle is reported to be under investigation by the US authorities for breaking federal anti-bribery laws in Africa. The FBI field office in Washington, fraud prosecutors in the Justice Department's criminal division, and attorneys for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are reported to be looking into sales of Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2011
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'Special relationship': Oracle bags UK.gov contract renewal

Database giant Oracle has bagged a renewed contract to supply its technology to Whitehall in a deal that the Cabinet Office claimed would save £75m for taxpayers by 2015. The California multinational is one of the biggest provider's to government, Francis Maude's department said when announcing the agreement this morning. It …
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Oracle woos open sourcers with free Java web framework

Battling against an increasingly crowded field of Java web development frameworks, Oracle – ordinarily never one to turn away a buck – has decided to bite the bullet and offer a version of its Application Development Framework (ADF) as a free download. Oracle ADF Essentials is a slightly stripped-down version of Oracle ADF, the …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2012

Oracle's mighty Sparc plug fries Fujitsu, bigs up new processor

Oracle and Fujitsu may be partners when it comes to Solaris, but they are going their own separate ways when it comes to processor and system development. A year ago, a senior Oracle bod hinted to El Reg that the new Sparc M4 processor will be produced by Oracle rather than Fujitsu, which ordinarily builds the M-series of cores …
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Oracle stumps for community support for Java strategy

"Make the future Java" is the official slogan of this year's JavaOne conference in San Francisco, but if there was a central theme to Sunday's keynote presentations, it was that moving Java forward is not just an Oracle project but a community effort. Throughout the more than three hours of talks and demos, members of Oracle's …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2012
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'Big one' coming for Oracle database users?

Oracle users could be headed for a Microsoft-scale hack or a major database breach as master criminals begin to target valuable business systems. That's the verdict of a UK database security consultant who's warned those running legacy versions of Oracle in particular are at risk from attack. David Litchifield, managing …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Nov 2006

Oracle's Ellison wanted an NBA team for Xmas - instead he got Eloqua

Larry Ellison has made no secret that he wants to own a professional basketball team. Now he owns a company called Eloqua, which does the marketing for some NBA teams and about 1,200 large corporations. While that is not quite the same thing, Borg'ing small, nice software companies is certainly more Oracle's game than owning any …
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Oracle acquisition gets Larry more Involver(ed) with Facebook

Oracle is about to gain millions of fans – by buying software that powers Facebook fan pages. On Tuesday the database giant announced it would acquire Involver, a social-media software company, for an undisclosed sum. Involver offers a suite of tools that allow companies to develop marketing campaigns enriched social experiences …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2012
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TomorrowNow pleads guilty to illegal Oracle slurping

TomorrowNow has pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it illegally downloaded copyrighted Oracle software in an effort to pry customers from the database giant between December 2006 and April 2007. According to a statement from United States Attorney Melinda Haag, the former SAP subsidiary – which was shut down in 2008 – has …
Cade Metz, 14 Sep 2011
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HP buys Vertica for data analytics

Hewlett-Packard's new president and chief executive officer, Leo Apotheker, has made his first move in software by having HP acquire an in-database analytics startup called Vertica Systems for an undisclosed sum. Vertica is located in Billerica, Massachusetts, and was founded in 2005 by database giant Michael Stonebraker, who …
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Oracle lowers the flag on Fortress language project

Oracle is shuttering the long-running Fortress programming language research project, in the database giant's latest move to divest itself of the less-profitable pieces of Sun Microsystems' software portfolio. "After working nearly a decade on the design, development, and implementation of the Fortress programming language, the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2012
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MySQLers mixed on Ellison's ownership

If MySQL forkers Monty Widenus and Brian Aker were hoping that fear of Oracle control over the database might prompt a mass defection, they could be in for a disappointment. Nearly half – 43 per cent – of MySQL users think development of their database will improve under Oracle, according to a survey by open-source business …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2010
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Friends with money: Dell's big bet on private finance

If not a gambler, Michael Dell seems certainly a born showman. With his 50th birthday on the horizon, when most people his age and with his billions might be thinking of slowing down or going philanthropic, he and his PC company have begun a brand new phase. Dell, a native of the brassy US state that lends its name to a brand of …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2013
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Oracle Linux honcho 'personally hurt' by Red Hat clone claims

Oracle has taken its share of knocks for marketing a version of Linux that's package-for-package compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), but according to Oracle senior engineering veep Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Linux's reputation as a copycat is entirely undeserved. "I often read things on Slashdot or blogs where folks …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2012
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Oracle won't pull plug on Java SE 6 until 2013

Oracle is extending the official end-of-life date for its aging Java SE 6 software development platform a second time as it struggles to get the Java language development process onto a consistent, two-year release schedule. Had it stuck to its original roadmap, Oracle would have stopped providing public support and software …
Neil McAllister, 09 Aug 2012
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Ellison fluffs Amazon with Oracle cloud love

No wonder Larry Ellison was waxing lyrical on Sunday about how Amazon's model of elastic computing jived with Oracle's view of the cloud. On Monday, Oracle followed up by announcing its middleware, applications, virtual machine, database, and new Linux kernel have been certified to run on the toaster seller's EC2 infrastructure …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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Java won't curl up and die like Cobol, insists Oracle

With Java 8 still on its way in mid-2013, Oracle is already prepping for Java 9 and 10, and protesting that reports of a Cobolesque slide into irrelevance are much exaggerated. Java 9 and 10 will tackle big data, multi-language interoperability, cloud and mobile and ship in 2015 and 2017 respectively, Oracle said Wednesday. …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Mar 2012

CentOS penguins maul Oracle's Linux migration pitch

Having tried, and failed, to kill Red Hat Linux with Unbreakable Linux, Oracle is now sneaking up on CentOS. Larry Ellison's database giant is now touting a piece of code it claims will let you convert your CentOS machine into Oracle Linux systems with no strings attached. Well, there is one catch: switching actually provides …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2012
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Google grabs Oracle veep to lift EMEA cloud biz

Google has hired a former senior Oracle veep to head up the company's Enterprise division in EMEA. Sebastien Marotte will lead Google's sales team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the world's largest ad broker. Marotte had worked as Oracle's senior vice president of technology in the database giant's Asia Pacific …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Feb 2011
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Oracle accuses Autonomy chief of telling 'whopper'

Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has continued to deny trying to flog his company to Oracle before the recent controversial deal with HP - despite the database giant's blunt claims that he is telling "whoppers". Lynch was responding to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's previous remarks to the effect that Autonomy was shopped to Oracle before …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2011
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Oracle kills Sun.com after starvation diet

Oracle is killing Sun.com, the online home of Sun Microsystems and one of the oldest dot-com domain names. An entry on the Oracle's OTN Garage says that sun.com will be decommissioned on June 1. The closure comes after Sun's new owner, Oracle, moved most of the content on BigAdmin, OpenSolaris.com, and some sections of Sun …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2011
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Oracle: Quit messin' and marry Hadoop!

Oracle isn't the biggest enterprise software vendor, but in 2010 it grew faster than its big-enterprise peers, including Microsoft and IBM, to claim third place. Being ever so ambitious, it's unlikely that Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison will be content to take the bronze. But it's equally unlikely that relational databases …
Matt Asay, 11 May 2011

Beyond the macro jockies: Salesforce lures devs with Java juggle

Salesforce is growing: just not enough or in the right direction, it seems. The company that started life serving up customer relationship management (CRM) as a service to the suits is now reaching out to real coders. The company, which claims more than 50,000 customers, saw subscriptions to its hosted apps increase by nearly 40 …
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2012
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Java cloud spins Jenkins Eclipse tool

The Hudson open-source project that Oracle recently surrendered to Eclipse is getting a little more community competition. Platform-as-a-service startup CloudBees has announced the availability of a CloudBees Eclipse toolkit plug-in for Java developers. The CloudBees service includes the open source continuous integration server …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2011
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Oracle puts a JRockit under its cloud play

Oracle has updated its cloud infrastructure play with data-center technology that puts Java on the metal. On Monday, the database giant said that WebLogic Server can now run on Oracle VM without an operating system thanks to a piece of software called JRockit Virtual Edition. The combination is available in a new suite called …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2010
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OpenSolaris board commits ritual suicide

The OpenSolaris board has suspended operations and symbolically handed all responsibility for the open-variant of Solaris back to database giant Oracle. According to a blog post here: Be it Resolved that the OpenSolaris Governing Board hereby collectively and individually resigns, noting that under the terms of the OpenSolaris …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2010
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Microsoft sues trio over Androidian book reader

Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble, Invetec, and Foxconn International over alleged patent infringements by the Android-based Nook e-reader sold by Barnes & Noble. On monday, the software giant said that Android infringes on a number of its patents and that the trio must respect Microsoft's intellectual property rights. The …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2011