Tech Round-up for 5/6/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On May 06, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

Juniper announced their new JunosV Contrail SDN controller has begun beta testing. The controller was developed in part by Juniper’s purchase of SDN startup Contrail, and is designed to be flexible enough to work on multiple protocols, such as BGP and XMPP.

Security researchers found a previously unknown security flaw in Internet Explorer 8 that allowed attackers to install malware on the computers of government workers doing nuclear weapons research. The attackers compromised a website with the US Department of Labor that redirected visitors to other sites to exploit the vulnerability, a modified version of the “Poison Ivy” trojan. Microsoft advises users to upgrade to IE 9 or 10, or to change IE8’s security settings to block ActiveX and Active Scripting.

Brendan Eich of Mozilla, and the creator of JavaScript, showed off ORBX.js, a new browser codec based off of HTML5 that allows high-end app, desktop, video, and game streaming without a browser plug-in or hardware dependencies. Eich said that games, programs, digital models, and movies “will be rendered in the cloud and made accessible to everyone.” Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Opera all currently support the codec.