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Oracle patches Solaris 10 hole exploited by NSA spyware tool – and 298 other security bugs

Oracle today emitted a huge batch of 299 security fixes for its software – including a patch for a vulnerability exploited by a leaked NSA tool that can hijack Solaris systems. Details of the massive April dump can be found here: Oracle describes the updates as "critical," and urges admins to install them "without delay." …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2017
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Oracle gets to Wercker, dines on container biz

Oracle has acquired Dutch developer support house Wercker to beef up its offerings for container management. Wercker, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, specializes in Docker and Kubernetes management tools for developers to quickly create and manage containers to test code. "Wercker's Docker-based platform has a strong, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2017

All ready for that Easter holiday? Here's a mild MySQL security bug

A programming blunder has been uncovered in Oracle's MySQL that can potentially leak usernames and passwords to man-in-the-middle eavesdroppers. Known as "The Riddle," the flaw potentially allows a miscreant to intercept and obtain login credentials sent from MySQL clients 5.5 and 5.6 to servers. Apparently, a fix introduced …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2017

Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

A systems administrator is being sued by his ex-employer, which has accused the IT bod of planting a ticking time-bomb on company's servers to wipe crucial data. Nimesh Patel, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, is alleged to have broken the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trespassed, and committed conversion – that's legal jargon for …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2017
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Oracle reseller boss banned from directorship over VAT fiddle

The boss of an Oracle reseller has been banned from holding a director position in the UK for six years – after his company fiddled its VAT returns, resulting in a loss of £146,884 to the taxman. Mario Edward Sanvitale, director of 1st Milestone, was disqualified this week after a probe by the Insolvency Service found "he …
Kat Hall, 11 Apr 2017

Still no flash in a flash as chip supplies remain fried

Five months after the Reg first reported that HPE, Cisco – and even Dell EMC – were being punched hard in the supply chain by worldwide flash chip shortages, it's still a problem for at least one vendor. A Reg reader forwarded this alert message from an HPE system configurator: ALERT! Due to an industry-wide shortage, all non …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017
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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

Updated Now that the sulky Shadow Brokers gang has leaked its archive of stolen NSA exploits, security experts are trawling Uncle Sam's classified attack code – and the results aren't good for anyone using Oracle's Solaris. Matthew Hickey, cofounder of British security shop Hacker House, is among those going through the dumped files, …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2017
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Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC up M12 big iron

Updated Oracle and Fujitsu have launched Fujitsu’s SPARC M12 server, claiming the world’s fastest per-core performance. It is the follow-on to the existing M10 server line, which topped out with the Fujitsu M10-4S server which scaled up to 64 processors and 64 TB of memory. The largest M12 configuration is 32 processors and 32TB of …
Chris Mellor, 4 Apr 2017

Oracle uses own public cloud as back-end storage shed for ZFS boxen

+Comment Oracle is using its in-house public cloud to provide back-end storage for its on-premises ZFS appliances, adding functionality to its walled hybrid cloud garden. Sort of the opposite of bringing its Exadata cloud service on-premises, Oracle is taking its ZFS on-premises kit up into its public cloud. The latest ZFS Storage …
Chris Mellor, 3 Apr 2017
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Oracle breaks silence to deny 'even considering' buying Accenture

Oracle has seemingly backed away from a potential acquisition of Accenture, and is now claiming it had "never even considered it". The denial follows The Register's report last week that Oracle had brought in some bean-counters to do due diligence on a potential deal, which would of course have been an immensely bold, …
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Is Jassy just jazzing on AWS database migration numbers? Smells fishy...

Analysis Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy doesn't often tweet, but when he does it's usually to applaud the popularity of AWS's database migration service. On New Year's Eve Jassy bragged that the service had captured more than 16,000 databases from its rivals since launch on 15 March, 2016. According to him, earlier this month, …
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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

Exclusive Oracle has hired global specialists to explore the feasibility of buying multi-billion dollar consultancy Accenture, sources have told us. The database giant has engaged a team of consultants to conduct due diligence to “explore the synergies that could be created if they [Oracle] bought Accenture lock stock and barrel,” one …
Paul Kunert, 28 Mar 2017
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Converged systems market is so hot it just went backwards

Converged systems are supposed to be the hot spot of the otherwise-troubled server and storage markets. Yet sales just dipped for 2016's final quarter, according to kit-counting firm IDC, and overall growth for the year was tepid. The analysts' Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker for 2016's final quarter found that …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Newly cloud-tastic Oracle sees hardware sales droop

Analysis In its third fiscal 2017 quarter a post-NetSuite slurp Oracle saw marginal revenue and profits growth, but with inflated cloud revenues, the Oracle-ites are happy. It's all gloom on the hardware product sales front, though, as it seems that this quintessential on-premises selling business goes down in reverse lockstep with the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2017
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NetSuite-nourished Oracle: SaaS margins will go up to 80%

Oracle thinks it's done the hard work as it transitions to become a cloud company and is now poised to convert swathes of its customers from software licences to SaaS and infrastructure-as-a-service subscriptions. So said Co-CEO Safra Catz on the company's third quarter earnings on Wednesday, during which she said “Our pivot …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017
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Oracle gives FCC a great big sloppy kiss: You're doing a great job axing net neutrality, privacy

In a bizarre, fawning letter, Oracle has given America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, the equivalent of a telco reach-around. The letter [PDF] from Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz's office, and signed by senior VP Kenneth Glueck, appears to have been written solely to praise FCC chairman Ajit Pai and his recent actions: a situation …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Mar 2017
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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

A while back I answered my door bell - it was the pizza. After transacting for the hot pie, the older delivery man with a Just Like Dear Old Dad mustache asked: "Are you a programmer?" pointing to the OpenStack logo on my hoodie sleeve. "Yes," I said, "well, I used to be." He asked me what programming language he should learn …
Michael Cote, 3 Mar 2017
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SAP eyes up BT's biz ahead of £550m EE integration

Software biz SAP is eyeing up BT's business following its acquisition of the firm's existing customer EE for £12.5bn last year, with the former state monopoly having already set aside £550m for integration costs. Speaking to The Register at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Stephen Gatien, global head of telecommunications …
Kat Hall, 2 Mar 2017

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