Vulnerability in Oracle's JVM Makes Noise
It appears that songlyrics.com has been compromised by hackers and is serving up attack code that attempts to exploit a critical security hole in Oracle's JVM. Researchers have posted about the vulnerability for awhile and criticized Oracle's response. Oracle believes that users can wait for a patch scheduled for July. Security researcher Alex Sotirov tweets a different solution: "I uninstalled Java more than a year ago and haven't had a single problem with any website," he wrote. "Why are people still running Java in the browser?" Hackers also recently broke into Apache's JIRA server through a cross-site scripting attack.
Silverlight 4 Now Available
Even though the "launch" of Silverlight 4 was on Monday, the actual release did not occur until today. Silverlight 4 should be available for download here. Because of Silvelight 4's elevated permissions feature, it now has printing, clipboard, and charting functionality. Silverlight is becoming Microsoft's solution for creating low-cost business applications by not requiring the .NET environment. Silverlight 4 also continues to eclipse WPF's functionality.
A Flash Video-to-iPhone Transcoder; I Wonder How This Will End
Today it seems that Apple has another backdoor technology to contend with. The US company, RipCode, has a technology called the TransAct Transcoder V6 that takes Flash requests and converts them into a format accepted by the iPad and iPhone using a cloud farm. The transcoder can also convert Silverlight into QuickTime, MP4, or MPEG-TS. RipCode's CEO Brendon Mills weighed in on the recent change in Apple's iPhone terms of development: "The ‘Flash on iPad’ dilemma is really just the latest in a long line of speed bumps on the road towards ‘any-content, any-time, any-place, any-devic’ that we all desire." We'll see if Mills' optimism is toppled by another possible change in iPhone service terms.
Everything You Should Know About Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5)
CS5 is here. Designers and developers will learn everything they need to know about its new features here. Aviaquarius rocks for posting this link!