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Oracle’s Java chief debunks ‘misconceptionsrsquo; about Java 9

Looking to stave off criticism of the now-jeopardized Java 9 release, Oraclersquo;s top Java official defended the platform against what he termed falsehoods around its accommodations for Apache Maven, third-party frameworks, and existing code.“There seem to be many misconceptions out in the world about what Java 9 is, what the Jigsaw module system is, how itrsquo;s going to impact people,” said Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle, at the Devoxx UK conference in London last week.

Today in an online post, he addressed what he sees as the three biggest misconceptions around Java 9.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

MapD’s GPU-powered database is now open source

MapD, creator of a GPU-accelerated database that scales both up and out, has open-sourced its core technology.As announced in a press release and blog post, the core database and its "associated visualization libraries" are available under the Apache 2.0 license.

But enterprise-level features like the high availability, LDAP, ODBC, and horizontal scaling functionality—many of which debuted in the 3.0 version released earlier this month—will be kept close to the chest.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Last Friday—the board game in which you play a machete-wielding maniac

80s slasher films (finally?) get their own hidden movement game.

Light a fire under Cassandra with Apache Ignite

Nikita Ivanov is co-founder and CTO of GridGain Systems. Apache Cassandra is a popular database for several reasons.

The open source, distributed, NoSQL database has no single point of failure, so it’s well suited for high-availability applications.
It supports multi-datacenter replication, allowing organizations to achieve greater resiliency by, for example, storing data across multiple Amazon Web Services availability zones.
It also offers massive and linear scalability, so any number of nodes can easily be added to any Cassandra cluster in any datacenter.

For these reasons, companies such as Netflix, eBay, Expedia, and several others have been using Cassandra for key parts of their businesses for many years.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Oracle fixes Struts and Shadow Brokers exploits in huge patch release

Oracle has released a record 299 security fixes for vulnerabilities in its products, including patches for a widely exploited vulnerability in the Apache Struts framework and a Solaris exploit supposedly used by the U.S. National Security Agency.The Struts vulnerability allows for remote code execution on Java web servers and was patched on March 6.

Attackers have quickly adopted it and have used it in widespread attacks since then.[ MySQL face-off: Amazon vs.

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Oracle uses Apache Struts 2 in several of its products, which is why Tuesday’s critical patch update (CPU) fixed 25 instances of the vulnerability in Oracle Communications, Retail and Financial Services applications, as well as in the MySQL Enterprise Monitor, Oracle WebCenter Sites, Oracle WebLogic Server and the Siebel E-Billing app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Oracle Patches 299 Vulnerabilities in April Critical Patch Update

Among the many patches this month are multiple products being updated to fix an Apache Struts vulnerability that was publicly disclosed in March 2017.

Record Oracle Patch Update Addresses ShadowBrokers, Struts 2 Vulnerabilities

Oracle released a record 299 patches, including a fix for a Solaris vulnerability disclosed by the ShadowBrokers, and another for the recently disclosed Apache Struts 2 flaw.

IDG Contributor Network: Did Ubuntu dump Unity for cash?

Did Ubuntu dump Unity for money? Canonical dumped GNOME for its own Unity desktop years ago, but now the company has reversed itself and will release Ubuntu 18.04 with GNOME instead of Unity.So why did Canonical give up on Unity?[ Intel, Apache, Amazon, and more: See the 2017 open source rookies of the year. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Christine Hall speculates that it all came down to money for Canonical, and she lists the reasons for the company’s shocking switch from Unity to GNOME in Ubuntu 18.04.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Apache Struts 2 Exploits Installing Cerber Ransomware

Attackers are attempting to exploit the recent Apache Struts vulnerability on Windows servers and the payload is a variant of the Cerber ransomware.

After Spark: Ray project tackles real-time machine learning

RISELab, the successor to the U.C.

Berkeley group that created Apache Spark, is hatching a project that could replace Spark—or at least displace it for key applications.Ray is a distributed framework designed for low-latency real-time processing, such as machine learning.

Created by two doctoral students at RISELab, Philipp Moritz and Robert Nishihara, it works with Python to run jobs either on a single machine or distributed across a cluster, using C++ for components that need speed.[ Jump into Microsoft’s drag-and-drop machine learning studio: Get started with Azure Machine Learning. | The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. ]The main aim for Ray, according to an article at Datanami, is to create a framework that can provide better speeds than Spark.
Spark was intended to be faster than what it replaced (mainly, MapReduce), but it still suffers from design decisions that make it difficult to write applications with “complex task dependencies” because of its internal synchronization mechanisms.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

VU#307983: Action Message Format (AMF3) Java implementations are vulnerable to insecure...

Several Java implementations of AMF3 are vulnerable to insecure deserialization and XML external entities references.

Lazarus Under The Hood

Today we'd like to share some of our findings, and add something new to what's currently common knowledge about Lazarus Group activities, and their connection to the much talked about February 2016 incident, when an unknown attacker attempted to steal up to $851M USD from Bangladesh Central Bank.