Geeklog 1.4.0sr2 and 1.3.11sr5

March 5th, 2006 No comments

[Geeklog]

Unfortunately, yet another Geeklog security issue has surfaced: Konstantin Dyakoff found an old bug in the session handling that would allow anyone to log in as any user. This bug exists in all Geeklog versions released since 2002.

To address this serious issue, we are releasing the 1.4.0sr2 and 1.3.11sr5 security updates and strongly suggest that you upgrade your site as soon as possible.

For details and upgrading instructions, please refer to the full release announcement.

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The Winnie Mae

March 3rd, 2006 No comments

[The Winnie Mae]

In 1930 F.C. Hall, a wealthy Oklahoma oilman, bought a Lockheed Vega model 5-C. The plane was nicknamed Winnie Mae, after Hall’s daughter; and Hall’s personal pilot was none other than Wiley Post.

Wiley Post and the Winnie Mae set twice the record for flying around the world: the first time in June, 1931 (an 8 days, 16 hours flight with navigator Harold Gatty) and the second time in July, 1933 (a solo flight of 7 days, 19 hours).

Post and Gatty published a book about their journey, titling it Around the World in Eight Days, a play on the title of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. Will Rogers contributed an introduction to the book.

The Winnie Mae is now in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC; a full size replica of the plane is in the new Oklahoma History Center, in Oklahoma City.

Categories: Oklahoma!

Joomla! 1.0.8 released

February 26th, 2006 No comments

[Joomla!]

Joomla! 1.0.8 is now available for download. “We highly recommend that you upgrade to this version. 1.0.8 contains 37 security fixes, 70+ general bug fixes and several performance enhancements.

Shortly after the public release of Joomla! 1.0.7, a public discussion on the Joomla! forums reported that Poll data was visible or accessible despite being Unpublished – it was also mentioned that other unpublished core data may also be visible.

To properly investigate the matter and to ensure there weren’t other similar vulnerabilities within the Joomla! core code base a Security Audit was instituted.

The results of this audit make up a large bulk (30+) of the security fixes contained in 1.0.8.

You can find details, upgrading instructions, and the mentioned Security Audit in the release announcement.

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MDPro 1.0.76 released

February 21st, 2006 No comments

[MDPro]

MDPro 1.0.76 is ready and available for download. “As we have said previously, we have stopped development of the 1.0.7x branch. All efforts of the MAXdev staff are now directed to MDLite, which will be the first MD with a light core and MD 1.1, with a completely new core.
We have decided to release a maintenance update with all security fixes included, including a fix for a recently discovered security exploitation.

For details and upgrading instructions, please look at the release announcement. MAXdev recommends all admins upgrade their websites ASAP.

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Presidents’ Day

February 20th, 2006 No comments

[George Washington]

Until 1971, the February 22 birthday of George Washington, hero of the Revolutionary War and first president of the United States, was a national holiday.

In addition, the February 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War, was a holiday in most states.

In 1971 the two days were joined, and one single federal holiday, the Presidents’ Day, is now celebrated on the third Monday of February (February 18 in 2008).

Categories: Oklahoma!

Geeklog 1.4.0sr1 and 1.3.11sr4

February 19th, 2006 No comments

[Geeklog]

James Bercegay of GulfTech Security Research reported several issues with Geeklog’s cookie handling that made it vulnerable to SQL injections, arbitrary file access, and even injection and execution of arbitrary code. To fix those issues, we are releasing Geeklog 1.4.0sr1 and 1.3.11sr4 and strongly suggest that you install those updates as soon as possible.

For full details and upgrading instructions, please read the release announcement.

Categories: News

EMHS Swine Week

February 19th, 2006 1 comment

[Swine Week]

Edmond Memorial High School, EMHS, home of the Bulldogs, is one of the three High Schools in Edmond, OK. The other two are North, home of the Huskies, and Santa Fe, home of the Wolves; all three schools, according to Newsweek, rank among “The 1000 Best High Schools in America”, that is the top 4% of public high schools in the nation.

The EMHS Swine Week is the school charitable week, taking place this year in the week of February 19. The tradition began in 1986, when the student council decided to raise money for a classmate who was ill. To entice students to donate, the teachers agreed to kiss a pig, hence the name Swine Week.

This year recipient is the Hearts for Hearing Foundation, an Oklahoma based non-profit organization devoted to providing resources for deaf children. Last year the students exceeded their goal of $135,000 by raising a grand total of over $141,000, and this year they are striving to make even better. Go Bulldogs!

Update: EMHS students have raised this year more than $178,000. Congratulations!

Categories: Oklahoma!

PostNuke .762 released

February 17th, 2006 No comments

[PostNuke]

The PostNuke development team is pleased to announce the release of PostNuke .762. “This release addresses a number of issues found since the release of .761, and also introduces new security enhancements.

PostNuke .762 has been audited by Maksymilian Arciemowicz of www.securityreason.com for security vulnerabilities, and as a result a great deal of work on security has gone into this release. The PostNuke team thanks Maksymilian for his work, and we hope this will improve PostNuke’s existing strong security record. Further audits will be carried out on the PostNuke .8 codebase prior to release.

As a result of the security enhancements in .762, it is advised that all site administrators update their sites immediately to ensure they stay secure.

For additional details please refer to the PostNuke .762 release announcement.

Categories: News

The first shopping cart

February 16th, 2006 No comments

[Shopping cart]

In 1936 Sylvan Goldman, owner of a self service store chain in Oklahoma City, had long realized that his grocery sales were limited by the size of his shopping baskets. His stores, like others of that era, had a supply of wicker or wire market baskets, for their shoppers convenience, but these baskets became heavy as they were loaded with food items, particularly for the woman buyer, who usually did most of the shopping.

One evening Goldman’s attention was drawn to two ordinary folding chairs. With a sudden burst of insight he envisioned a solution for the arm-weary shopper. If the seat of a folding chair were raised several inches and another similar seat were added below, a basket could be placed on each of them. Wheels attached to each leg would make the chair mobile, and the back of the chair could be adapted as a handle to push the cart. The basic drudgery of grocery buying would be eliminated, and the volume of grocery sales would be greatly increased. The shopping cart idea was born.

Later Sylvan Goldman built and patented his invention, and eventually became a multimillionaire. To learn more on Sylvan Goldman and the first shopping cart, you can visit the RealCart University site.

Categories: Oklahoma!

Chester Gould

February 11th, 2006 No comments

[Dick Tracy]

Chester Gould was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, in 1900. Later his family moved to Stillwater, where he attended Oklahoma State University. In 1921 he decided to move to Chicago, with only $50 in his pocket, a suitcase and his portfolio.

His dream was to become a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune; he spent 10 years working on other papers while submitting ideas to the Tribune. At last his idea of a detective story, filled with action and fast-paced, the first of its kind, was accepted and the “Dick Tracy” comic strip was born.

Dick Tracy became so popular that it appeared on the front page of the New York Daily News for 45 consecutive years, and it was seen in 27 foreign papers.

Chester Gould’s biography notes come from The Chester Gould – Dick Tracy Museum; and the picture is the DVD cover of the 1990 movie “Dick Tracy” directed by Warren Beatty.

Categories: Oklahoma!