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Say What? Top Five IT Quotes - Oct. 25th

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    October 25, 2013

"Developers have the attention spans of slightly moronic woodland creatures."
Linus Torvalds (linux.com)

"You don't raise $40 million unless you have a good valuation."

Gaurav Banga CEO Bromium (eWEEK)

"Security leaders have a real challenge meeting different expectations when they are communicating with the C-suite"
David Jarvis, manager, IBM Center for Applied Insight and a co-author of a new CISO report (eSecurity Planet)

"We say it's our first inning, maybe second, but certainly not more than that, as there are extraordinary amounts of installed management tools that are yet to be replaced."

VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger (Datamation)

"It seemed to me to be a bad idea for the vice president to have a device that maybe somebody on a rope line or in the next hotel room or downstairs might be able to get into—hack into" 

Former U.S. VP Dick Cheney's Cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner (60 Minutes)

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week - Oct. 18th

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    October 18, 2013

"A display server is a fundamental part of how an operating system works." -
Canonical's Ubuntu product manager, Richard Collins explaining the importance of Mir in the Ubuntu 13.10 Linux release (eWEEK)

"From the very beginning, we have based our community on sharing code and sharing knowledge"

Mark Collier, Chief Operating Officer, OpenStack Foundation (eWEEK

"At this point, users everywhere should be outraged that Oracle feels a quarterly patch cycle is sufficient to keep them safe"

Tyler Reguly, technical manager of security research and development for Tripwire (eWEEK)

"A lot of complexity arises from the fact that Hadoop is at the bottom of the stack for storage and data processing, and there is a rich ecosystem of components on top"

Arun C. Murthy, release manager of Apache Hadoop 2 and founder of Hortonworks, (Enterprise Apps Today).

"We've seen steady increases in broadband adoption rates over the years, so reaching this point was inevitable"

David Belson, author of Akamai's State of the Internet report (Enterprise Networking Planet)

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at  InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Open Source PHP 5.5.5 Updates for 20 Bugs, Supports GNU Hurd

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    October 17, 2013

phpFrom the 'PHP Rocks' files:

PHP 5.5 was first released in June of this year and has been upgraded frequently ever since. PHP 5.5.5 was released today providing 20 new bug fixes. So far as I can tell, none of them have any specific security impact. These are stability updates and none are tied to any specific CVE numbers.

One interesting new addition though is that PHP 5.5.5 has support for GNU Hurd. That's right, 30 years after GNU got started, PHP now supports it. Go figure.

#here's the list of updates:

Fixed bug #64979 (Wrong behavior of static variables in closure generators).
Fixed bug #65322 (compile time errors won't trigger auto loading).
Fixed bug #65821 (By-ref foreach on property access of string offset segfaults).
CLI Server:
Fixed bug #65633 (built-in server treat some http headers as case-sensitive).
Fixed bug #65818 (Segfault with built-in webserver and chunked transfer encoding).
Added application/pdf to PHP CLI Web Server mime types

Fixed bug #64157 (DateTime::createFromFormat() reports confusing error message).
Fixed bug #65502 (DateTimeImmutable::createFromFormat returns DateTime).
Fixed bug #65548 (Comparison for DateTimeImmutable doesn't work).
Fixed bug #65708 (dba functions cast $key param to string in-place, bypassing copy on write).
Add RFC 6598 IPs to reserved addresses.
Fixed bug #64441 (FILTER_VALIDATE_URL rejects fully qualified domain names).
Fixed bug #65667 (ftp_nb_continue produces segfault).
Ensure that the defined interpolation method is used with the generic scaling methods.
Fixed bug #65721 (configure script broken in 5.5.4 and 5.4.20 when enabling imap).
Fixed bug #65845 (Error when Zend Opcache Optimizer is fully enabled).
Fixed bug #65665 (Exception not properly caught when opcache enabled).
Fixed bug #65510 (5.5.2 crashes in _get_zval_ptr_ptr_var).
Fixed issue #135 (segfault in interned strings if initial memory is too low).
Added function opcache_compile_file() to load PHP scripts into cache without execution.
Added support for GNU Hurd.
Fixed bug #65808 (the socket_connect() won't work with IPv6 address).
Fixed bug #64782 (SplFileObject constructor make $context optional / give it a default value).
Fixed bug #61548 content-type must appear at the end of headers for 201 Location to work in http.
Fixed bug #51936 Crash with clone XMLReader.
Fixed bug #64230 XMLReader does not suppress errors.
Build system:
Fixed bug #51076 Race condition in shtool's mkdir -p implementation.
Fixed bug #62396 'make test' crashes starting with 5.3.14 (missing gzencode()).


Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week - October 11th

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    October 11, 2013

"I was wrong, costs aren't going to go down, they will keep going up for a time"

- Larry Ponemon, founder of the Ponemon Institute commenting on his Cost of Cybercrime study (eWEEK)

"As difficult as people want to make cybercrime, there really are only really a few steps.The bad guy has to get in, the bad guy has to move around, the bad guy has to steal some stuff, and then the bad guy has to make a getaway."
- Chris Pogue, director of Digital Forensics and Incident Responce at Trustwave, (eSecurityPlanet)

"You've got all these devices that are connected, that are easy to hack and are on the network and they are hard to patch.They will be compromised and will become part of botnets."
- Ross Barrett, senior manager for Security Engineering at Rapid7 talking about the risks from the Internet of Things (SecurityWatch)

"My focus is on capabilities - how do I get really good security deployed, versus how do I get a box."
- David Koretz, VP of Products and General Manager for the Counter Security Group at Juniper (Enterprise Networking Planet)

"Software engineering is an oxymoron. Software development is not an engineering discipline." 
- John Pescatore, director of SANS talking about how cybersecurity has changed in the last decade (eWEEK)

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Say What? Top IT Quotes of the Week - Oct. 5th

By Sean Michael Kerner   |    October 04, 2013

"Realistically, people should avoid using IE if possible until the patch for this fix is released"

Ken Pickering, director of engineering at CORE Security on IE 0day flaw (eWEEK)

"At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems."

Adobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin (eSecurityPlanet)

"'We're moving from a web economy to an application economy"

Cisco CEO John Chambers (Enterprise Networking Planet)

"Our assumption is the attacker realized that they were getting blocked and that there was no point in continuing to throw rocks at a tank if the rocks were just going to bounce off"

Incapsula co-founder Marc Gaffan commenting on new 100G attack (eWEEK)

"On the whole, nothing really appears very scary. Go forth and test"

Linus Torvalds, on new Linux 3.12 rc3 kernel release (LKML)

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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