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Proactively Monitor Configuration Changes with Tripwire

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 08, 2014 1

Most companies still manually track configuration changes using a wiki or spreadsheet. Only the most basic information such as IP addresses are included, as recording everything is just too tedious. Even knowing basic information such as who made the change is difficult and time consuming. Tripwire seeks to eliminate this problem by proactively monitoring configuration changes.

Discover What Malware is Really Doing with FireEye

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 08, 2014

Traditional signature based anti-virus/malware software is suitable for home users, but not for corporations. As seen repeatedly in the news, targeted attacks against specific companies are becoming more and more common. To combat this threat, advanced threat detection techniques are needed.

CloudFlare Universal SSL - Free Web Security for All

by Chris Swan on  Oct 08, 2014 1

CloudFlare have made SSL available to all free subscribers to its content delivery network (CDN) with Universal SSL. The move addresses both cost and complexity issues that have previously confronted web site and application owners wanting to deploy SSL. CloudFlare takes care of issuing a certificate at no cost to the end user, and enabling SSL becomes a selection from a dropdown menu.

Splunk .conf2014 Keynote 1

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 07, 2014

At the opening keynote for Splunk .conf2014 we heard about GE Capital’s developer culture, Red Hat’s internal IT focus, and Coca-Cola’s “Data Lake” theory of information management.

Written in PowerShell, a HTTP API for Executing PowerShell Scripts

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 03, 2014

REST and REST-like interfaces over HTTP are all the rage these days. Not too long ago we told you about Oracle releasing a prototype of their HTTP-based API for MySQL. Not to be out done, Steve Lee of Microsoft has released sample code for exposing PowerShell over HTTP. And to make it interesting, this web server is written entirely in PowerShell.

RubyMotion Releases Android Public Beta

by Tony Hillerson on  Oct 03, 2014

RubyMotion recently announced that its Android Support had entered public beta, which should allow early adopters to get started now developing for the Android platform. RubyMotion is a terminal based toolchain used to create native iOS, Mac, and now with this beta version, Android applications, using the popular Ruby language and tools.

Xen Bug Forces Amazon and Rackspace to Reboot Their Services

by Janakiram MSV on  Oct 02, 2014

Last week Amazon Web Services and Rackspace notified customers that their servers would be rebooted as a part of Xen hypervisor patching. This is the second time that AWS has scheduled reboots as a part of its cloud infrastructure maintenance, and AWS published guidance for building applications resilient to reboots and restarts.

Version Numbers, Backwards Compatibility, and Windows 10

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 02, 2014

There is a lot of speculation as to why the next version of Windows will be called “Windows 10”. And while we’ll probably never know what happened behind the closed doors of the marketing department, there are solid technical reasons why it can’t be called “Windows 9”.

AWS Adds Hooks Into Expanded Auto Scaling Lifecycle

by Steffen Opel on  Sep 30, 2014 1

Amazon Web Services recently added several features to its Auto Scaling service to improve control over the managed Amazon EC2 instances. It is now possible to hook into the pending and terminating lifecycle state transitions to perform custom operations, which is also available for in service instances via a new standby state. The DetachInstances API now allows to remove instances from a group.

Kulla Project: A REPL for Java

by Matt Raible on  Sep 30, 2014 2

A Java REPL will soon be coming to a JDK near you. Robert Field, engineer on the Langtools team at Oracle, recently proposed the creation of a Java REPL ("Read-Evaluate-Print-Loop") project. After a vote, the project, known as Project Kulla was approved. A REPL is essentially a scripting shell or console, such as a UNIX shell or Groovy console, that can be used for algorithm exploration.

Netflix's Chaos Engineering to Advance Failure Injection

by João Miranda on  Sep 29, 2014

"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.

Remote Code Exploitation through Bash

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 29, 2014 2

A remote exploit (CVE-2014-6271) has been in bash discovered that potentially affects any application that uses environment variables to pass data from unsanitised content, such as CGI scripts. After the release went public, other exploits were discovered (CVE-2014-7169). Official patches have been released to fix them. (Originally posted 24 September, updated 25, 26 and 29 September)

ShellShocked - Behind the Bug

by Alex Blewitt on  Sep 29, 2014 2

The recent vulnerabilities in the Bash shell initially stemmed from a remote execution exploit, which was patched and made available through responsible disclosure before being announced. However, since the initial release there have been other flaws detected which became zero day threats. What exactly was the problem with Shellshock, and is it truly fixed? InfoQ explains what happened.

CloudBees Exit PaaS Business, Resign JCP Executive Committee Seat

by Ben Evans on  Sep 29, 2014

CloudBees have announced they are exiting the PAAS business to focus on Enterprise Jenkins. With this new focus, they have resigned from the Java Community Process Executive Committee.

Puppet Labs Announces Approved Modules and Partner Network

by Carlos Sanchez on  Sep 25, 2014

Puppet Labs has announced at its PuppetConf conference the launch of the Puppet Approved program, to recognize those Puppet modules with more quality and active development, more Puppet Enterprise supported modules, as well as a new partner network.

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