Stories by Matthew Broersma

  • Linux distributors team up to push standardization

    Four major Linux players are to unite their distributions around a common core based on the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0, in an effort to push Linux standardization to a new level. MandrakeSoft of France, Conectiva of Brazil, TurboLinux of Japan and Progeny Linux Systems of the US say the venture, called the Linux Core Consortium (LCC), has broad industry support from companies such as Red Hat, Novell and Hewlett-Packard.

  • Suse warns of hole in Linux kernel

    Linux distributor Suse has warned of one of the most serious security holes to date in version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, which could allow attackers to shut down a system running 2.6-based software.

  • Mac worm sparks security concerns

    Antivirus experts have warned Mac users and sysadmins against becoming complacent about security after the discovery of a worm targeting the Mac OS X operating system.

  • ZigBee future under doubt

    Low-power wireless technology, ZigBee, is in danger of succumbing to the fragmentation so far avoided by standards-based specifications such as Wi-Fi and WiMax, according to market researchers.

  • Microsoft sees open source as immediate threat

    Microsoft sees open source software as a more pervasive threat to its business than ever, threatening the company's market share and potentially forcing price cuts, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • Linux vendors react to Qt flaw

    Several Linux vendors have issued patches for a serious vulnerability in the widely-used Qt library, which could allow an attacker to take control of a system.

  • WiMax - don't believe the hype

    There is good news and there is a time lag: The fixed side of WiMax is well along the path to commercialisation, but mobile WiMax will not be in wide use until after 2009, according to research from Gartner.

  • Microsoft firewall could be security risk

    IT security experts and vendors have welcomed the introduction of Windows Firewall, part of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), as a valuable way of protecting PCs. But while the firewall is an improvement, it falls short of the standard of protection expected of commercial firewalls, according to some industry observers.

  • E-commerce attack imminent

    A surge in Internet scanning activity in the past week could indicate a fresh wave of attacks on e-commerce servers, UK-based Web services company, Netcraft, has warned.

  • Cisco and Aruba jump on next-gen wireless security

    Aruba Wireless Networks claims to have stolen a march on the rest of the market with support for the newly ratified 802.11i security standard, while Cisco Systems is reported to be preparing WLAN products with AES encryption, a key feature of 802.11i.

  • Mac OS X security myth exposed

    Windows is more secure than you think, and Mac OS X is worse than you ever imagined. That is according to statistics published for the first time this week by Danish security firm Secunia.

  • Intel and Proxim get serious about WiMax

    Intel and Proxim have signed to build next-generation WiMax wireless broadband products together. Unlike an earlier agreement between Intel and Alcatel, however, Proxim will supply some of the core technology itself to go with Intel's WiMax chipsets.