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Black Hat makes light of accidental password-reset email

A Black Hat volunteer mistakenly sent to 7,500 conference goers a password-reset email that was initially thought to be a phishing attempt.
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Windows Server 2012 to ship in August

Closely following a similar announcement for its Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft also said it will release to manufacturers (RTM) its next-generation operating system for the server, Windows Server 2012, next month.

Red Hat agrees to buy FuseSource

Boosting its line of open-source middleware, Red Hatis in the process of acquiring open-source integration software vendor FuseSource from its parent company Progress Software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst weighs in on strategy, Oracle and growth

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst is coming up on his five-year anniversary at the helm, following his arrival in December 2007. Under Whitehurst's leadership, Red Hat's revenue has grown from US$523 million in its fiscal 2008 to more than $1.1 billion in its fiscal 2012, without deviating from its core strategy of open-source infrastructure software.

Secunia PSI 3.0 silently deploys Windows security patches

Danish vulnerability intelligence and research firm Secunia has launched version 3.0 of its Personal Software Inspector patch management program, which can silently install security updates for many software applications.

Red Hat releases NoSQL database for enterprise Java

Enterprise open source software provider Red Hat has jumpedinto the emerging NoSQL market, releasing an in-memory data store as part of an update of its JBoss management platform.

Attack code published for two actively exploited flaws in Microsoft software

Attack code for two actively exploited vulnerabilities in Microsoft software, one of which has not yet been patched, was integrated into the open-source Metasploit penetration testing framework.

VMware patches arbitrary code execution flaw in desktop, server virtualization products

Virtualization software vendor VMware has released security patches for its Workstation, Player, Fusion, ESXi and ESX products in order to address two vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise the host system or crash a virtual machine.

64-bit OSs, virtualization software on Intel chips vulnerable to hacks

Some 64-bit operating systems and virtualization software programs are vulnerable to local privilege escalation attacks when running on Intel processors (CPUs), the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said in a security advisory on Wednesday.

Exploit available for root-access vulnerability in F5 Networks products

An exploit for a recently patched vulnerability that allows potential attackers to obtain administrative access on network appliances from hardware vendor F5 Networks was added to the Metasploit penetration testing framework on Tuesday.

NOSes and Server Software In Depth

How to set up Microsoft's Web Application Proxy

Implementing WAP involves a lot of moving pieces; here's what admins need to know for a successful rollout.

How to safely mingle personal and business data in a Windows world

Work Folders, new to Windows Server 2012 R2, helps administrators manage user-created data in a BYOD environment.

Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected and what to do if you are

The newest piece of ransomware is particularly nasty and, once you've got it, it's a real pain to get rid of. Here's how to protect your corporate assets before getting bit.

Meet Windows Server's BYOD features

Workplace join, work folders and other new Windows Server 2012 R2 features help beleaguered IT staffers manage the jungle of end user devices.

First look: Windows Server Blue beta shows compelling improvements

There's a lot to like in Windows Server 2012 R2, but the key question centers around how Microsoft will handle licensing, our reviewer says. That alone might be the gating factor for the eventual success of this OS release.

Block rogue apps with Windows Server -- for free

It is a lot of work to set up policies; it takes trial and some error, too. But the payoffs are huge.

Microsoft server and tool upgrades demand CIOs' attention

CIOs and IT directors tracking the barrage of major upgrades for Windows and Office also need to stay tuned to the refresh cycle for Microsoft's servers and tools, including Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Visual Studio 11.

Make Web Apps More Manageable With Minimalist for Everything

Google Reader and Gmail are two of the most customizable Web apps available today. Need a different inbox layout? Sure thing. Want to change the colors or visual density? No problem. Still, some interface elements, like the Google Bar at the top of the window, will never go away, no matter what you do. If you wish they did, try free Chrome extension Minimalist for Everything.

Legacy Systems Get a Tuneup

Given economic realities these days, not every company can justify getting rid of systems that are still working, however shakily. Here are some ways to make legacy hardware more responsive to today's business needs. Insider (registration required)

Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed

A design decision made by Oracle architects long ago may have painted some of Oracle's largest customers into a corner. Patches have arrived, but how much will they correct?