Security news dominated this week, and that will undoubtedly be the case next week as well, with the Black Hat and Defcon conferences under way in Las Vegas. In other news, Microsoft announced its vision for a post-Windows OS, and the case of the rogue San Francisco admin kept getting more odd.
1. DNS patches cause problems, developers admit: Patches for the DNS vulnerability that has generated so much buzz have led to performance problems for servers running BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain) software. BIND is the most popular DNS software. Administrators shouldn't roll back the patch released July 8, said Paul Vixie, head of the Internet Systems Consortium, which oversees BIND. "The vulnerability is of more concern than a slow server," he said. An updated patch is in the offing. Meanwhile, hackers are actively exploiting the DNS vulnerability, and ...
2. Apple finally patches dangerous DNS flaw and Opinion: Apple's unforgivable DNS delay: Apple issued a patch -- finally -- for its implementation of the BIND server software in various Mac OS releases. The delay in the patch release has caused considerable consternation among Mac fans.
3. Terry Childs: Rogue Admin: San Francisco had quite the interesting saga on its hands when one of its admins, Terry Childs, locked the rest of the city out of its network. A jailhouse visit by Mayor Gavin Newsome helped the situation, but the media's faulty reporting did not. InfoWorld's Paul Venezia was able to get the inside scoop, correct media mistakes, and even offer a case primer for the non-technical.
4. A photo that can steal your online credentials and Black Hat/Defcon: Welcome to the funhouse: Among other things, researchers at Black Hat next week will demonstrate software they've developed that can circumvent security and take over accounts on popular sites such as Facebook, Google, and eBay. The malicious software looks like image files to Web servers. The researchers will leave out details of how the attack works so that it won't be immediately used. We expect a lot of news out of Black Hat and Defcon, both in Las Vegas next week.
5. Microsoft prepares for end of Windows with Midori: Windows 7 isn't even out yet, and Microosft is already preparing for the post-Windows world. Midori is its concept of a post-Windows OS, one that is componentized and will likely live on the Internet. While it all sounds great, InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy says Midori is a pipe dream at best.