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Microsoft Patches all versions of Internet Explorer

This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using an affected version of Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

Patch can be downloaded from here:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021

Joomla issues upgrade to patch critical SQL vulnerability

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Joomla's developers have released a fix to critical SQL injection vulnerability in the 3.2.3 update, but still are coming under fire for taking a month to address the issue. According to ThreatPost, researchers at Sucuri have associated the SQL fix with a month-old vulnerability that was described at exploit-db.com.

The Scip vulnerability database provides this description: “Affected by this issue is an unknown function of the file /index.php/weblinks-categories.

"The manipulation of the argument id with the input value 0%20%29%20union%20select%20password%20from%20%60k59cv_users%60%20--%20%29 leads to a sql injection vulnerability. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.”

So patch your Joomlas!

Internet Explorer 11 release preview

Every web developer's dream is a world with just one browser. That's not happening, so brace yourselves for the new version of Internet Explorer - version 11. Google has established a new trend - a new version of Chrome for every full moon. Microsoft and Mozilla have nothing left but to follow the trend to stay afloat. 

New features in Internet Exlorer 11: 

Ehh... How about a cartoon instead? 

 

CiviCRM 4.4 released

civicrm logoNew version of popular open source CRM - CiviCRM - has been released on October 23rd, 2013. New version includes a lot of bug fixes and major improvements:

 

  • Faster searching - a real timesaver when working with searches and smart groups, especially with large databases.
  • Soft credits - improve soft credit tracking and include soft credit data in key contribution reports
  • Flexible event name badges - design and print cool name badges for event participants including logos, custom data, QR and bar codes
  • Visual selection of "credit card type" on contribute/event forms - improves the user experience when giving to your organization
  • ShortCode Support for Petitions - a great new feature for CiviPetition users on Wordpress
  • Better campaign tracking - campaign column and filters added to membership, participant and addtional contribution reports 

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Mir - next generation display server for Ubuntu

Canonical is developing a next generation display server known as Mir. A system-level component targeted as a replacement for the X window server system to unlock next-generation user experiences for devices ranging from Linux desktop to mobile devices powered by Ubuntu.

As mentioned before, Ubuntu is moving in the direction of the mobile market. The current X Wuindowing system is over 30 years old and does not give the flexibility to developers. Even more recent developments like the introduction of compositors to the X stack does not fully solve the situation and both shell and application development do have to deploy workarounds to overcome issues with the X rendering model. Wayland is out of the picture as well, because it does not meet the evaluation requirements.

So there you have it: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MirSpec

Joomla 3 released

Joomla community has released a new version of it's popular CMS. New features include:

  • A more user-friendly interface
  • Mobile-ready design (complete overhaul of it's engine, both for front-end and back-end).
  • Developer tools (mootools and jquery, bootstrap)
  • and many more modifications

Version 3 of Joomla will have a short support cycle and should be mostly used by developers and early adopters. If you are looking to create a new site, it's best to use a 2.5 version:

joomla release cycle

See the full details here.

VirtualBox 4.2 Released

OracleVBOracle has released a new version of VirtualBox -- its popular virtualization software. The release is based on previous versions and adds new features such as VM Groups (designed to streamline management), improvements in network capabilities, and added support for new host and guest operating system platforms.

Aside from the updated guest OS support and the networking changes it is more of an estethical upgrade, but still it's a step in the right direction -- good to see that Oracle is continuing the good work that was started by SUN.

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