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Repent Open Sourcerers

The Anglican Diocese in Sydney is moving away from Microsoft technologies, Access and ActiveX provide another way for remote code execution and a local Aussie team wins the Imagine Cup. All that and more in this week's Roundup.

If you've been in Sydney's CDB this week, you would have noticed the beginning of the buildup for the event that makes annoyance illegal — World Youth Day. I'd guess that there wouldn't be a piece of open source to be seen at that event. Yet pick the other dominant Christian denomination in town, and it's fast becoming an open source paradise.

George Lymbers, CIO of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church has decided to do away with Microsoft by moving to open source, starting with Office which will be replaced over the next three years. Of course that means that they are thinking of replacing Office with IBM's Lotus suite — talk about choosing the devil you do or don't know.

Microsoft Access, the database that needs it's sins forgiven, was under threat again this week as it teamed up with ActiveX to provide a way for web sites to once again remotely execute code on users' machines.

On the positive side for Microsoft technology, the local Australian team took out the Imagine Cup. Team SOAK's entry was an automation solution for pumps, drippers and sprinklers that water farmer's crops.

Thankfully there are some good souls left and Dan Kaminsky appears to be one of them. Kaminsky found a predictability problem within the transaction ID of DNS, and rather than sell it, he informed the vendors affected and worked with them to create a solution. He even created a tool to determine whether your systems are vulnerable — give that man a giant white hat.

Finally this week, it would seem that what is old is new again — with C finding its way onto the web thanks to an Adobe researcher executing C programs in AIR. Memory management and buffer overflows in your web page, here we come!

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