IT Channel News Briefs, Oct. 16

New Flash Player combats "clickjacking"; Forrester to SAP users: Fight the fees!

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.

New Flash Player fights clickjacking

Adobe Systems Inc. said its latest Flash Player update will block "clickjacking" and clipboard attacks, according to SearchSecurity.com. In a security advisory, Adobe said Flash Player 10 addresses a flaw that allows attackers to bypass player security controls. It specifically addresses clickjacking, which attackers use to trick users into clicking on a Web page link. Robert Hansen, an application security researcher who discovered the attacks along with Jeremiah Grossman, chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security Inc., released details of ongoing clickjacking attacks and how they affect multiple browser types, including Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox. The researchers said clickjacking has been difficult to prevent.

Forrester: SAP users should fight maintenance fees

Forrester Research is urging SAP users to fight to get more value out of SAP Enterprise Support, according to SearchSAP.com. SAP increased the support maintenance fees earlier this year, angering users who already felt they weren't getting enough bang for their buck. Forrester analysts stressed that users should fight SAP by pointing out specific features and offerings they'd like to get out of SAP Enterprise Support.

Cisco telepresence rooms for rent

Cisco is renting telepresence rooms in an effort to broaden the user market for the expensive technology, Reuters reported Wednesday. The rooms, equipped with high-definition video screens, built-in microphones and camera lenses, are available for $299 to $899 an hour depending on size. The largest room can accommodate a meeting of 18. Building a Cisco telepresence room can cost $34,000 to $400,000. The new rooms will be available in Santa Clara, Calif., as well as in some Taj Hotels in India, Boston and London through a partnership with Taj Hotels and Tata Communications. Cisco has been on a mission to bring the high-end equipment to a larger audience. It has already released small desktop versions of high-definition video cameras that can make video calls or dial into telepresence rooms.

Juniper Networks becomes a VentureTech Network vendor

Juniper Networks said Wednesday it is joining Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network (VTN) ecosystem. VTN -- an association of hundreds of VARs focused on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) -- kicked off its fall invitational event Wednesday evening in San Diego and invited Juniper senior vice president of worldwide channels Frank Vitagliano to address solution providers. Vitagliano is familiar with VTN since he was formerly with IBM and involved in the network in that capacity in years past.

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