IN BRIEF: RIM issues PDF patch

Research in Motion Ltd. has issued a security fix for enterprise BlackBerry enterprise users. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server patch fixes a vulnerability in the PDF distiller of some released versions of the BlackBerry Attachment Service.

“This vulnerability could enable a malicious individual to send an email message containing a specially crafted PDF file, which when opened for viewing on a BlackBerry smart phone, could cause memory corruption and possibly lead to arbitrary code execution on the computer that the BlackBerry Attachment Service runs on,” RIM said on its Web site.

The fix is available on RIM’s technical support page.

Bidding war for Data Domain

Santa Clara, Calif.-based de-duplication vendor Data Domain Inc. agreed last week to be bought by Sunnyvale, Calif.-based data management vendor NetApp Inc. for US$1.9 billion. The two companies originally agreed on the acquisition on May 20 before NetApp rival Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corp. waltzed in with a counter-offer.

Data Domain’s choice of NetApp may suggest a preference for a smaller, more nimble company with US$1.7 billion net cash at the end of January, versus EMC’s US$6.3 billion net cash at the end of March.

Data Domain reported a revenue of US$79 million during Q1 of 2009.

Lyric searches dangerous: McAfee

Can’t figure out what the heck Eddie Vedder’s singing about? Don’t search the Web for an answer.

Computer security firm McAfee Inc. has filed a report on the most dangerous search terms on the Web — those most likely to take you to sites laden with adware, malware and more. Half of the Top 10 search results on the word “lyrics” returned a risky site, according to the report.

Other search terms risky for Canadian browsers? Kijiji (27.3 per cent), Pamela Anderson (25 per cent — welcome back, Pam), free movies (22.2 per cent) and Hotmail (20 per cent). Ironically, Viagra was one of the safest search terms.

The Web’s Most Dangerous Search Terms is availble online.

Xenos announces ePresentment for IBM ECM software

Xenos Group Inc. announced Xenos ePresentation for IBM Content Manager OnDemand (CMOD) last week.

The software provides a central interface for IBM CMOD to control the load and retrieval of business critical content generated in high-volume print stream and image formats. According to Xenos, the technology simplifies the integration between corporate portals, Web presences and the IBM CMOD archive.

This release follows the launch of DSR, a document storage reduction solution that Xenos claims to reduce the physical storage required to archive content-rich documents by more than 90 per cent.

In other Xenos news, the company received the IBM ECM Software ValueNet Strategic Technology Partner of the Year Award for 2008.

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