Recent news reports have detailed the actions of Princeton
University admissions officers who had broken into a Yale Web site
and downloaded admission decisions on 11 students who had applied
to both schools. Simson Garfinkel explains that Yale could have
shielded its data from these attacks had it used a translucent
database. Yet, with one notable exception--the Unix password
file--translucent databases are practically unknown and unused in
IT today. Find out why translucent databases make it impossible
for anyone other than authorized users to get your data out.
Protecting Privacy with Translucent Databases
Computer-Aided Software Engineering is a term that can generally
be applied to any system or collection of tools that helps automate
the software-design and development process. In this article,
David HM Spector discusses what is available for Linux.
CASE Tools: Large System Development
And in an O'Reilly Network interview, the editors of the "Python
Cookbook" talk about putting together such a collective work, the
unique challenges it presented, and the community effort involved.
Making the Python Cookbook
Also this week, John Coggeshall discusses PHP objects in more
detail, including some of their more powerful features, such as
inheritance and using objects as data-storage containers.
Introduction to PHP Objects, Part 2
And in this week's Security Alerts column, Noel Davis looks at a
vulnerability in PHP; buffer overflows in Cisco IOS, Fake Identd,
HylaFAX, and EnGarde Secure Linux's resolver libraries; and much
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Finally, for the "unvarnished truth" about OSCON 2002, check out
Andy Oram's report, where he says that the major open source and
free software projects are continuing to develop and meet the
challenges of the current computing industry.
OSCON 2002 Wrap-Up
Thanks for reading,
Tara A. McGoldrick
An Interview with Joshua Drake: Coauthor of Practical PostgreSQL
Joshua Drake, coauthor of Practical PostgreSQL, talks about a Mac OS X distribution of PostgreSQL, XML support, LXP, and much more in this in-depth interview with O'Reilly editor, Jonathan Gennick.
Speeding up Linux Using hdparm
Instantly double the I/O performance of your disks or, in some cases, show 6 to 10 times your existing throughput!
Promiscuous Mode Problems
Noel Davis looks at a vulnerability in PHP; buffer overflows in Cisco IOS, Fake Identd, HylaFAX, and EnGarde Secure Linux's resolver libraries; and problems in the reporting of Promiscuous Mode by the Linux kernel, Sun Fire servers, chfn, chsh, Pine, GNU Mailman, and the VNC challenge and response.
Creating Audio CDs With Linux
A comprehensive "how to" by Dave Phillips that addresses both the musical and the technical sides of creating great audio CDs with Linux.
Linux in Government
Open source has flourished in places where users view software not as a political football but as a pragmatic tool. In this article, Sam Williams looks at the impact of open source software in government--both inside and outside the U.S.
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