News Wire: Cracker adds backdoor to WordPress

  • WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2

    The download of WordPress 2.1.1 was compromised by a cracker that added a backdoor security hole to the blog software. Creator Matt Mullenweg: “This is the kind of thing you pray never happens, but it did and now we’re dealing with it as best we can.”

    (tags: php security)

  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 To Be Announced March 27th

    Adobe will announce on March 27th the next major update to its suite of software applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. The new versions are slated to ship sometime in Spring 2007.

    (tags: software wysiwyg flash design)

  • New hacker trick may expose Oracle databases

    Security researcher David Litchfield has found a way around the permissions system that assures the security of many Oracle databases, greatly increasing the severity of a number of common SQL injection vulnerabilities that affect these systems.

    (tags: databases security)

  • Apache Tomcat 6.0.10

    Apache has released Tomcat 6.0.10, a new major release of the free web server that contains reference implementations of the JavaEE servlets and JSP standards. This is the first stable version to support the new Servlet 2.5 and JSP 2.1 specs.

    (tags: java software opensource apache)

  • Google is Testing New Adsense Ads

    Scattered reports like this one indicate that Google is testing some new advertisement types for its Adsense service.

    (tags: advertising google)

  • Truwex Online 2.0 beta

    A very impressive and free automated accessibility checking tool. In addition to the usual text display of issues with links to the relevant accessibility standards, it displays the checked page with highlighted areas for each of the reported issues.

    (tags: accessibility)

  • OWASP Testing Guide v2

    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has updated its web application security testing guide, which is available online in Wiki for, or as a PDF or DOC download. At well over 250 pages, you could use it to start a new career in web security!

    (tags: security)

  • Vox Imperium

    In the same vein as DHTML Lemmings, Vox Imperium is a strategy game similar to the original Civilzation.

    (tags: javascript ajax)

  • JavaScript currying

    Though the explanation assumes fairly strong JavaScript knowledge, the simple script given here makes it easy to take any function and create a version that you can call later, using currently-available values for its arguments.

    (tags: javascript)

  • Adobe to take Photoshop online

    Adobe will release a web-based version of Photoshop (presumably with a Flash/Flex-based user interface) within the next 6 months.

    (tags: adobe design flex flash)

  • Conversation With X/HTML 5 Team

    A candid but pleasantly rational interview with Google’s Ian Hickson (of “Sending XHTML as text/html Considered Harmful” fame) about X/HTML 5 (aka Web Applications 1.0), and the reasoning behind much of this under-development new version of HTML.

    (tags: html xml standards)

  • Opera element proposal

    Opera is proposing a <video> tag for inclusion in the X/HTML 5 specification.

    (tags: opera html)

  • Yahoo Pipes Support in Dojo

    Dojo’s Alex Russell demonstrates how to use undocumented support for JSON-P in the new Yahoo! Pipes service to pull information from Pipes from JavaScript running in the browser (no server-side proxy required).

    (tags: javascript ajax)

  • JSON is not as safe as people think it is

    Joe Walker, the author of the DWR Java Ajax library, points out a little-known security issue with JSON that currently affects Mozilla-based browsers, making it possible for a CSRF attack to steal private data that is accessible via a JSON request.

    (tags: security javascript)

  • swfIR: swf Image Replacement

    A neat little Flash/JavaScript library that will dynamically add shadows, rounded corners, rotation, and a white border to images in your page by replacing them with a Flash movie. The only downside seems to be that the browser downloads the image twice.

    (tags: design flash javascript software)

  • Open Call From the Patent Office

    The US Patent and Trademark Office is set to launch a pilot program that will see the general public reviewing and rating patent applications on the Internet.

    (tags: politics business)

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