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05 Aug 2014 Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit' [37698]
By Gavin Clarke

Gavin writes, "Ellison's Oracle bowled out Solaris 11.2 last week - and what does this member of the Unix family give us? Cloud computing, yes, but also a stab at a datacenter-in-a-(large)-box.

It's not too far off the database-as-a-box idea Larry's been banging on about since 1998.

Oracle's Solaris 11.2 announcement is larded with the usual boilerplate about enterprise scale, efficiency, security and compliance. What's new is a degree of software-defined networking (SDN) support..."
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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]
Infographic

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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