As reported earlier CanSecWest conference was designed to test zero day vulnerability against three leading desktop operating systems. The result is out:
 The MacBook Air went first
 Windows Vista was cracked (hacked) on the last day of the contest
 Linux remained undefeated
Although several attendees tried to crack the Linux laptop, nobody could pull it off, said Terri Forslof, a manager of security response with TippingPoint. “I was surprised that it didn’t go,” she said.
=> More information available at official web site (Via Yahoo news)
How do I lock out a user after a set number of login attempts in Linux but also automatically unlock it after N minutes?
WordPress 2.5 has been released and available for download.The dashboard is cleaner, faster, less cluttered. From the release note:
WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesnâ€™t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.
(Fig. 01: My Dashboard)
(Fig. 02: Writing a post)
In November 2007 EKA was announced, which is privately funded supercomputer. Eka, built by CRL, Pune is the world’s 4th fastest supercomputer, and the fastest one that didn’t use government funding. This is the same supercomputer referenced in Yahoo!’s recent announcement about cloud computing research at the Hadoop Summit. This article describes some of the technical details of Eka’s design and implementation.
My town – pune is home to some of the best supercomputing research and development facility into the area of software and other related technology. C-DAC (a scientific society of the Department of Information Technology, Government of India) has developed and supplied a range of high performance parallel computers, known as the PARAM series of supercomputers. Now CRL – a tata group company build the EKa one of the top 10 supercomputers in the world, Eka is the only system that was fully privately funded. All other systems used government money, so all of them are for captive use. This means that Eka is the only system in the top 10 that is available for commercial use without strings attached.
The computing infrastructure itself consists of:
- 1800 blades, 4 cores each. 3Ghz for each core.
- HP SFS clusters
- 28TB memory
- 80TB storage. Simple SATA disks. 5.2Gbps throughput.
- Lustre distributed file-system
- 20Gbps infiniband DDR. Eka was on the cutting edge of Infiniband technology. They sourced their infiniband hardware from an Israeli company and where amongst the first users of their releases – including beta, and even alpha quality stuff.
- Multiple Gigabit ethernets
- Linux is the underlying OS. Any Linux will work – RedHat, SuSe, your favorite distribution.
=> Building EKA – The world’s fastest privately funded supercomputer
The most anticipated matchup in the cracker (or hacker) world is going on to take control of a computer using zero day vulnerability. Checkout official site for more information about the Pwn2Own contest. The prize is US $20,000, plus you get to keep the laptop.
The Art of Unix Programming by Eric Raymond is a book about the history and culture of Unix programming from its earliest days in 1969 to now, covering both genetic derivations such as BSD and conceptual ones such as Linux.
You should read this book if you are an experienced Unix programmer who is often in the position of either educating novice programmers or debating partisans of other operating systems, and you find it hard to articulate the benefits of the Unix approach.
You should read this book if you are a C, C++, or Java programmer with experience on other operating systems and you are about to start a Unix-based project.
You should read this book if you are a Unix user with novice-level up to middle-level skills in the operating system, but little development experience, and want to learn how to design software effectively under Unix.
You can read HTML version of “The Art of Unix Programming” online at Eric’s website.