Stories by Matthew Broersma

Open source security bugs uncovered

A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bug-fixing scheme has uncovered an average of one security glitch per 1,000 lines of code in 180 widely used open source software projects.

E-mail flaw comes back from the dead in Leopard

A serious security flaw in Apple Mail, patched more than a year ago in "Tiger," also known as Mac OS X 10.4, has reared its head again in the latest version of the operating system, according to Heise Security.

Red Hat 4 gets a facelift

Red Hat has followed up its release of release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1 two weeks ago with an update to its older RHEL 4 line of operating systems, including kernel updates and hardware tweaks.

Software costs set to fall, says Gartner

Companies should expect to be able to reduce their software costs significantly over the next 10 years, as new factors loosen the traditional hold of software makers over their customers, according to Gartner.

Windows for Supercomputers needs less memory than Vista

With its first public beta of Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008, released last week, Microsoft coincidentally highlighted one of the reasons why Windows Vista adoption figures have remained near-non-existent in the enterprise -- its expensive hardware requirements.

Linux gains ground in enterprise

Linux has already permanently changed the enterprise desktop landscape, and is set to grow further, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

Researchers eye open-proxy attacks

Advertising and click-through fraud is currently topping the list of malicious activity funnelled through open proxy servers, followed by junk email, according to a research project deploying fake open proxies to catch crooks.

HP puts supercomputer in a 'Shorty'

HP has revealed its take on the "personal supercomputing" trend on Tuesday in the form of the Cluster Platform Workgroup System, based on the recently introduced BladeSystem c3000.

Web attacks slip under the radar

The latest innovations in Web attack kits have forced security researchers to admit that many malicious websites are slipping under the radar.

Old worm Slammer threatens again

An old worm known as Slammer, which originated back in January 2003, is still going strong according to Gunter Ollmann, director of security strategy at IBM's Internet Security Systems (IBM ISS).

Canonical downplays Ubuntu hacks

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux, has said that compromises of most of its local community servers last week did not reflect on the distribution's security or enterprise-readiness.

Study finds Internet rife with attack codes

Even seemingly safe web addresses are rife with attack code aiming at vulnerable clients, according to a new study from the Honeynet Project. The study also found that methods such as blacklists can be surprisingly successful in stopping client-side attacks.

Linux gets Security Blanket makeover

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) has launched what it calls the first Linux hardening tool that is designed to be easy to use and to help system administrators out with compliance issues.