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Daily Roundup of News, Tips and Tricks for 2010-02-08

  • On Friday, Ken Jacobs announced his resignation from Oracle to key members of the MySQL team via e-mail. Jacobs, a 28-year Oracle veteran and one of its first 20 hires, has been Oracle's liaison with the MySQL community for the past several years, ever since Oracle acquired the popular MySQL storage engine, InnoDB.
  • SAP CEO Leo Apotheker resigned on Feb. 7 after he and the SAP Supervisory Board "reached a mutual agreement" not to extend Apotheker’s contract as a member of the SAP Executive Board, SAP named Bill McDermott, head of SAP’s field organization and Jim Hagermann Snabe, head of product development as co-CEOs replacing Apotheker as sole CEO.
  • Oracle’s Larry Ellison threw down the gauntlet recently when he made claims about the superiority of Oracle over DB2. IBM has, of course, responded. Here are the Oracle claims and the IBM rebuttals.
  • It is an interesting case of coincidental timing that within a week of the Oracle Sun deal being finalised by the EU1 that the Blackhat conference in DC should publish David Litchfield’s research for NGS Software 2, on how to escalate privilege using the Java functionality built into the Oracle DB 3. David’s research is not patched yet so would normally have only been made privy to the Administrators at Oracle’s SecAlert, but it has been made “Public” so it is now risk mitigation time. Thankfully these Java related Oracle vulnerabilities have been discussed privately for a number of months beforehand, thus giving the Author time to fix them with a provably low risk of affecting other Oracle functionality. In the absence of a patch from Oracle this paper provides information on how to fix the Java related vulnerabilities in both 10g and 11g which were detailed in David’s Blackhat presentation on February 2nd 2010.
  • This is a somewhat complicated example that builds a couple of sample tables, uses a SQL statement with the Oracle analytic function LEAD submitted through ADO in an Excel macro, and then presents the information on an Excel worksheet. When the user clicks one of three buttons on the Excel worksheet, an Excel macro executes that then build charts using disconnected row sources – a disconnected ADO recordset is used to sort the data categories before pushing that data into the charts that are built on the fly.

Filed in Links on 08 Feb 10


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