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28 Jul 2014 Unix: Controlling privileged access [37668]
IT World, July 28th, 2014

"If your job involves protecting the security of Unix servers, you need to know about and verify the various ways that people can exercise root (i.e., superuser) privilege. This is especially true of you find yourself inheriting the systems administrator role from other people. A quick check of a handful of issues can help you be sure your view of security on the servers is realistic..."
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08 Jul 2014 Solaris 20th Anniversary [37206]

As part of the celebration of 20 years of Solaris, Oracle has created an infographic that covers the evolution of Solaris:

  • Feb 1982 - Sun founded
  • 80's - The UNIX Wars
  • 1984 - Debut of NFS
  • June 1992 -Solaris is born
  • Feb 200 - Solaris 8
  • May 2000 - Compatibility Guarantee
  • Oct 2003 - DTrace
  • Dec 2006 - SPARC T-Series
  • Nov 2006 - Trusted Extensions
  • Jan 2010 - Sun becomes part of Oracle
  • Nov 2011 - Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oct 2012 - Solaris 11.1

Solaris infographic

Some missing achievements in the infographic include the project to open-source Solaris resulting in the creation of OpenSolaris and "the last word in Filesystems", ZFS.
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04 Jul 2014 DefenseCode: Unix WildCards Gone Wild [37205]
By Leon Juranic

"First of all, this article has nothing to do with modern hacking techniques like ASLR bypass, ROP exploits, 0day remote kernel exploits or Chrome's Chain-14-Different-Bugs-To-Get-There...

Nope, nothing of the above. This article will cover one interesting old-school Unix hacking technique, that will still work nowadays in 2013. Hacking technique of which (to my suprise) even many security-related people haven't heard of.

That is probably because nobody ever really talked about it before. Why I decided to write on this subject is because, to me personally, it's pretty funny to see what can be done with simple Unix wildcard poisoning tricks. So, from this article, what you can expect is collection of neat *nix hacking tricks that as far as I know somehow didn't emerge earlier. .."
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02 Jun 2014 Oracle regains the #1 UNIX Shipments Marketshare [36748]
Eric Reid

Eric writes, "Oracle has regained the #1 UNIX Server Shipments spot! According to IDC, Oracle's share was 33.6%, up from 32.7% in the year ago period, and 32.2% in C4Q13

While the UNIX server space is currently undergoing some contraction (on a pure numbers basis), this can be traced in part to an overall consolidation trend, due to the greatly-increased price-performance of our systems. Consider this: one SPARC T5-4 system has 1/16th the number of sockets and 1/192nd the number of cores of the previous high-end M9000-64 system -- all at 5X the price-performance..."
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19 May 2014 7 Facts About The Industry's Newest Cloud Platform [36508]
By Scott Genereux, Senior Vice President for Oracle's Hardware Systems Business Group

Scott writes, "Infrastructure software has evolved from the days when computers could take hours to crunch numbers, spit out answers, and otherwise provide 'decision support.' Today, the software needed to manage IT services is more than just an operating system (OS). It's some of the most sophisticated technology in the data center.

Consider the latest advances to Oracle Solaris 11.2, which was launched April 29 at an event in New York City. Solaris was the result of AT&T and Sun's collaboration to make UNIX a true enterprise-class OS. Today, Oracle Solaris has evolved into much more than a computer OS - it's now a complete, enterprise-class cloud platform..."
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