Google and Oracle both set to appeal verdicts in Java patent suit

By on October 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM.

Google and Oracle both set to appeal verdicts in Java patent suit

Google Oracle Trial Appeals

Google (GOOG) and Oracle (ORCL) have both filed paperwork to appeal the court’s ruling from the high-profile legal trial that took place between the two companies earlier this year. Google is appealing the jury’s findings that its Android operating system infringed Oracle’s copyrights concerning the Java programing language, while Oracle plans to appeal the findings that Google did not infringe the company’s patents, Bloomberg reports. In an earlier filing, Google’s lawyer revealed the jury found that the Internet giant had infringed upon “just nine out of millions of lines of code” in the Java programming language, which the company believes is legally insignificant. Both appeals will be filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. More →

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Another Java exploit discovered, 1 billion PC and Mac users potentially at risk

By on September 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM.

Another Java exploit discovered, 1 billion PC and Mac users potentially at risk

Java Security New Exploit

Security firm Security Explorations released information pertaining to a new Java exploit on Tuesday that affects all of the currently supported versions of the software on all platforms, including Java 5, Java 6 and Java 7. The zero-day vulnerability is considered critical and approximately 1 billion PC and Mac computers could be at risk. Adam Gowdiak, the firm’s CEO, notes that his company has not discovered an active attack that exploits the vulnerability, however. Oracle (ORCL) is aware of the issue and, according to ComputerWorld, the bug will be patched in a future Java security update. The latest exploit follows a string of vulnerabilities that have been discovered in the Java software over the past year. More →

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Oracle’s emergency Java patch opens the door to more vulnerabilities

By on September 4, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

Oracle’s emergency Java patch opens the door to more vulnerabilities

Java 7 Security

After an exploit in the latest Java 7 framework was discovered, Oracle (ORCL) responded with an emergency patch to fix the problem. The company’s quickness, however, may have opened the door to more vulnerabilities in the Java software. While the patch fixed the original exploit, it introduced a new vulnerability that allows an attacker to bypass the Java Virtual Machine sandbox. Researchers at Security Explorations discovered the exploit and have sent a proof of concept to Oracle, and they are currently waiting to hear back. The research firm has not released the code to the public, although it plans to write a technical paper on the issue once it has been patched. The latest exploit follows a string of vulnerabilities found in Java over the past year. More →

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New Java 7 exploit can be used to compromise Windows, Mac OS X or Linux computers

By on August 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM.

New Java 7 exploit can be used to compromise Windows, Mac OS X or Linux computers

Java 7 Security Exploit

A vulnerability in the latest Java 7 runtime has been discovered that can be exploited and used for malicious attacks, Computer World reported. While all the reported exploits thus far have targeted Windows PCs, according to Errata Security CTO David Maynor, both Mac and Linux computers are just as vulnerable to attacks. “This exploit works on OS X if you are running the 1.7 JRE [Java Runtime Environment],” said Maynor, who was able to exploit the vulnerability in both Firefox 14 and Safari 6 on OS X 10.8. The exploit is considered “super dangerous” and could compromise a computer simply by browsing a malicious or hacked website.Computer World suggests that users disable Java until Oracle (ORCL) releases a patch to address the problem. More →

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Jury says Google infringed on Oracle's copyrights

By on May 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM.

Jury says Google infringed on Oracle's copyrights

Jury rules Google infringed on Oracle's copyrights

A San Francisco jury on Monday determined that Google’s Android operating system infringes on Oracle’s copyrights concerning its Java programing language, Reuters reported. After days of deliberation, however, the jury could not decide whether Google had the right to fair use of the copyrighted material, an argument Oracle is now attempting to have thrown out. Google’s lawyers challenged the jury’s decision on Java and are moving for a mistrial. After rendering the copyright verdict, the seven woman, five man jury will next hear a testimony from Oracle regarding its patents and then rule on damages — Oracle is seeking roughly $1 billion. More →

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New Flashback variant continues Java attack on Macs

By on April 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM.

New Flashback variant continues Java attack on Macs

Security firm Intego on Monday announced that it had discovered a new variant of the Flashback malware called Flashback.S that continues to use a Java vulnerability Apple has already patched. This variant requires no password to install, and it places its files into the user’s home folder in “~/Library/LaunchAgents/com. java.update.plist” and “~/.jupdate.” Once Fashback.S is installed, it will then delete all files and folders in “~/Library/Caches/Java/cache” in order to delete the applet from the infected Mac, and avoid detection. The virus is actively being distributed, although it will not install if it finds Intego VirusBarrier X6, Xcode or Little Snitch installed on the Mac it tries to attack.

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Second Mac trojan discovered, also exploits Java vulnerability

By on April 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM.

Second Mac trojan discovered, also exploits Java vulnerability

The “Flashback” trojan virus affecting at least 600,000 Macs was discovered last week that is capable of intercepting passwords and other private data. The discovery prompted Apple to release a Java update for OS X users that removed a number of common variants of the virus. Securelist on Saturday found another Mac trojan that is also spread through Java exploits, however. The malware, called Backdoor.OSX.SabPub, can take screenshots of a user’s current session, execute commands on an infected machine and connect to a remote website to transmit the data. It is not clear how users get infected with the trojan, but because of the low number of instances and the trojan’s backdoor functionality, Securelist speculates that it is most likely used in targeted attacks, possibly launched through emails containing a URL pointing to two one of websites hosting the exploit. More →

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Oracle rejects Google’s offer to settle patent suit with Android revenue share

By on March 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Oracle rejects Google’s offer to settle patent suit with Android revenue share

Google on Tuesday offered to pay Oracle a percentage of its Android revenue if Oracle wins a patent infringement suit set to be tried soon. Google offered to pay the company roughly $2.8 million in damages on the two patents remaining in the case, giving Oracle 0.5% of Android revenue on one patent until it expires this December, and 0.015% on a second patent until it expires in April 2018. Reuters reports that Oracle rejected the offer, however, claiming it was too low. Earlier this month, a U.S. judge in San Francisco scheduled the trial between the two companies for April 16th. Oracle sued the the Mountain View-based firm in 2010, alleging that Google’s Android operating system infringes Oracle’s intellectual property covering the Java programming language. In addition, the company is also suing Google for copyright infringement, which could reportedly earn Oracle hundreds of millions of dollars. The company previously claimed that the search giant earns $10 million in annual revenue each day from Android activations. More →

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Android to overtake iOS and become the top mobile platform for developers

By on January 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

Android to overtake iOS and become the top mobile platform for developers

Over the next 12 months, Google’s Android operating system will become the favorite platform among mobile developers, according to research firm Ovum. Nearly all developers, however, will support both mobile platforms. While Apple’s iOS and Android have long been the favorites, Ovum said there is growing developer interest in both Windows Phone and BlackBerry operating systems. “The growing momentum behind Windows Phone indicates that Microsoft has managed to convince developers that its platform is worthy of investment; its challenge now is to persuade consumers,” said Ovum analyst Adam Leach. The research also showed that developers are moving away from traditional mobile development applications such as Java and Flash. Developers are instead focusing their efforts on the web-based HTML5 standard, which is becoming the preferred approach to building cross-platform applications. “A smartphone platform’s success is dictated not only by the pull of consumers and the push of both handset vendors and mobile operators but also a healthy economy of applications delivered by third-party developers,” said Leach. “Therefore, it is important for all players in the smartphone ecosystem to understand the choices developers are making today and the downstream impact of those choices.” More →

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Sprint announces new music service: Sprint Music Plus

By on April 12, 2011 at 7:52 AM.

Sprint announces new music service: Sprint Music Plus

Via a press release this morning, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced a new music service offering for its customers dubbed Sprint Music Plus. Powered by RealNetworks, the new service will allow users to purchase DRM-free, MP3 music tracks and ringtones starting at just $0.69. “Sprint Music Plus is available for Android powered Sprint smartphones from the Sprint Zone app and can be found on the home screen of BlackBerry and Java Feature Phones launched after May 2010,” reads the press release. “Devices introduced before May 2010 will have access to ringtones and ringback tones from Sprint Music Plus via Sprint Mobile Web (WAP).” The company notes that users will have the ability to bundle ringtones, ringback tones, and full music tracks into one purchase for additional savings, and, of course, all purchases will appear on your Sprint wireless bill. The full press release is after the break. More →

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Opera Mini makes triumphant return to GetJar app store

By on March 31, 2011 at 11:52 PM.

Opera Mini makes triumphant return to GetJar app store

After ousting Opera’s popular Opera Mini Web browser from its app store earlier this month, GetJar announced the browser’s return on Thursday. The app was originally tossed out of GetJar’s app store in early March when Opera announced plans to offer an app store of its own. GetJar wasn’t very happy with Opera’s entrance into the space so it banned the app from its catalog, theoretically preventing its users from accessing Opera’s competitive offering. “I’m glad that Opera Mini is back in the GetJar store,” said Mahi de Silva, EVP of Consumer Mobile at Opera Software, in a statement. “We believe Opera should be everywhere and we love the fact that our fans will now be able to download Opera Mini again from GetJar.” GetJar offered no explanation as to why it allowed this new version of Oper’a mobile browser, Opera Mini 6, back into its app store. More →

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Opera launches app store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java handsets

By on March 9, 2011 at 3:33 AM.

Opera launches app store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java handsets

Browser maker Opera has announced the a new application store for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Java based handsets that offers both free and paid applications for your mobile device. “The Opera Mobile Store is available to Opera users and users of other mobile browsers, on all popular mobile phone platforms in more than 200 countries,” reads the press release. “The Opera Mobile Store uses Appia’s storefront commerce technology and leverages a wide catalog of applications.” The company boasts that its store attracted more than 15 million users from 200 countries, cultivating over 700,000 downloads per day, during its pilot stage this February. Opera has partnered with app store curator Appia to help launch the Opera Mobile Store globally. “The Opera Mobile Store presents a remarkable opportunity for mobile application developers to distribute localized content through a single, far-reaching marketplace,” said Appia’s CEO, Jud Bowman. “Appia is thrilled to partner with Opera to deliver an incredible storefront of applications to Opera users and beyond.” The Norwegian company has put a “featured link” leading to the new store in the Speed Dial section of the Opera browser. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Bloomberg: BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android apps

By on February 10, 2011 at 5:50 PM.

Bloomberg: BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android apps

We independently confirmed it with multiple sources of ours when we broke the news back in January, and today, Bloomberg has chimed in with multiple sources of its own claiming that the BlackBerry PlayBook will indeed run Android applications. We reported that the PlayBook might run the Java VM Dalvik, but later received information that RIM might be looking for other options. Bloomberg has reported that RIM won’t be using Dalvik, but is looking elsewhere. With this news and RIM’s recent strategic moves, we can confidently say that we’re incredibly excited about the future prospects for Research In Motion — and the ability to run over 130,000 Android applications on our BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBooks, of course. More →

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