Weekly SunFlash April 10th, 1995

Weekly SunFlash April 10th, 1995

Post by FlashBack SunFlash Publisher/Edit » Wed, 12 Apr 1995 04:00:00



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SunFlash 76.w1

                    Weekly SunFlash April 10th, 1995

April 1995         John J. McLaughlin, Editor/Publisher    fl...@flashback.com
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Contents:
        76.01: Sun Netra System Management Server
        76.02: Pacific Bell To Use Sun
        76.03: Solaris x86 Server Suite Wins LAN Times 'Best Of Show'
        76.04: SunSoft - Solaris x86 Server Suite
        76.05: Sun, THOMSON Multimedia For Interactive TV
        76.06: SAP R/3 Reaches New Heights Of Performance On Sun
        76.07: Sun Security Bulletin: #00130, 4 April 1995
        76.08: CERT's Anonymous FTP Configuration Guidelines
        76.09: CERT's "Packet Filtering for Firewall Systems"
        76.10: CERT Coordination Center Generic Security Information
        76.11: Oracle7 Workgroup Server Available For Solaris X86
        76.12: Sun Multimedia Training Takes Honor At International Competition
        76.13: SunSoft Licenses Serial X Connectivity Technology
        76.14: Sun Integration & Oracle, Announce Agreement
        9001:  General FlashBack/SunFlash Information
        9002:  FlashBack and SunFlash Index

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76.01: Sun Netra System Management Server

       Netra Internet Server Gains Momentum in Broad Range of Industries

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- March 28, 1995 - Sun
       Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC) today announced
       availability of its Netra (TM) System Management Server for PCs
       and unveiled new ease-of-use tools and features for
       comprehensive local area network (LAN) management. The tools
       cover a range of LAN set-up and management tasks, including
       network configuration, expansion and administration. In addition,
       Sun announced a series of new customer wins for the other
       member of the Netra server line, the Netra Internet Server.

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76.02: Pacific Bell To Use Sun

       Network to Serve as Foundation for Pacific Bell Internet
       Services for Businesses, Consumers

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- March 28, 1995 - Pacific Bell has
       chosen Sun Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC) to
       provide the core hardware and software for its Internet Services
       offering, both companies announced today. Under the agreement,
       Sun (TM) network computing systems will be used to build the
       mission-critical infrastructure that will support a wide range of
       new revenue-generating Internet access services that Pacific Bell
       will begin offering to customers later this year. Terms and size of
       the contract were not disclosed.

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76.03: Solaris x86 Server Suite Wins LAN Times 'Best Of Show'

       NETWORLD+INTEROP, Las Vegas, Nev., March 29, 1995 --
       SunSoft, Inc. won a 'Best of Show' award from LAN Times and
       Data Communications magazines for its Solaris x86 Server Suite
       here today. SunSoft was selected the winner in the "Best New
       Network Operating System" category by the publications' editors.

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76.04: SunSoft - Solaris x86 Server Suite

       Open Solutions to Upgrade Novell(R) Networks

       Interop + Networld, Las Vegas Nev. -- March 28, 1995 --
       SunSoft(tm), Inc. today announced the Solaris(tm) x86 Server
       Suite, an initiative offering commercial strength x86-based server
       solutions for integrating, managing and upgrading NetWare(R)
       workgroups. The new suite offers desktop access to corporate data,
       tighter integration between disparate PC workgroups and
       server-based access to the internet. The Solaris x86 Server Suite
       combines SunSoft's x86-based products with third-party
       applications and customized reseller or MIS expertise to deliver
       tailored solutions to specific markets.

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76.05: Sun, THOMSON Multimedia For Interactive TV

       Nethold Pay TV Group to Bring Open TV to European, South
       African Viewers Beginning Midyear

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 4, 1995 - The Sun
       Microsystems, Inc., and THOMSON Multimedia interactive TV
       alliance today announced that Nethold, one of the world's largest
       pay TV companies, will be the first commercial service provider
       to implement the alliance's Open TV(TM) interactive video
       system. In what is expected to be one of the largest
       implementations of digital interactive television to date, Nethold,
       based in the Netherlands, will, in mid-1995, launch interactive
       television services to its subscribers in Europe and South Africa.
       The Open TV applications, delivered via satellite, will give
       European and South African viewers access to such potential
       services as home shopping, ticket ordering, interactive
       commercials, interactive game shows, and improved electronic
       program guides.

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76.06: SAP R/3 Reaches New Heights Of Performance On Sun

       Largest-Ever Number of Users Verified in Client-Server Environment

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- April 3, 1995 -- Sun
       Microsystems Computer Company and SAP AG today released
       performance results for SAP's R/3 application suite running on
       Sun(TM) SPARC(R) systems. In tests at Sun's new SAP
       Enterprise Lab, Sun and SAP achieved 1,800 financial and 600
       sales- and-distribution benchmark users, the largest number of
       users to date for an R/3 benchmark.

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76.07: Sun Security Bulletin: #00130, 4 April 1995

       In this bulletin Sun discusses the potential impact of the
       release of "SATAN", a public domain software package which
       probes UNIX systems for security holes. We also include here a
       list of available security patches for each supported SUNOS
       release, and a set of procedures we recommend to help protect
       Sun systems against external attack.

       SATAN is expected to be released at 8:00am EST, 5 April 1995.

       This package is the same one discussed in the recent CERT
       bulletin CA-95:06.

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76.08: CERT's Anonymous FTP Configuration Guidelines

       Anonymous FTP can be a valuable service if correctly configured
       and administered. The first section of this document provides
       general guidance in initial configuration of an anonymous FTP
       area. The second section addresses the issues and challenges
       involved when a site wants to provide writable directories within
       their anonymous FTP areas. The third section provides
       information about previous CERT advisories related to FTP
       services.

       The following guidelines are a set of suggested recommendations
       that have been beneficial to many sites. CERT recognizes that
       there will be sites that have unique requirements and needs, and
       that these sites may choose to implement different configurations.

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76.09: CERT's "Packet Filtering for Firewall Systems"

       If your site isn't filtering certain TCP/IP packets, it may not
       be as secure as you think.

       When the CERT Coordination Center started in 1988, it was our
       opinion that security was the responsibility of the system and not
       the network. While we still believe it is important for system
       managers to be aware of security issues and to continue to be
       diligent in securing their systems, we realize that this effort will
       not protect your site from the exploitation of flawed protocols.

       The CERT staff encourages system managers, site network
       managers, and regional network providers to take the time to
       understand packet filtering issues. Because of the flaws in several
       TCP/IP services, a site must be able to restrict external access to
       these services. Sites should consider purchasing programmable
       routers. Network providers should offer packet filtering as a
       service option.

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76.10: CERT Coordination Center Generic Security Information

       The information in this document can help you:

        o Determine whether or not your site may have had a break-in.
        o Assess the security of your site.
        o Learn how to make your site more secure.

       Section A lists several ways to determine whether or not your
       system has been compromised. Sections B and C contain lists of
       UNIX and VMS system vulnerabilities that have been exploited
       by intruders to gain unauthorized access to systems. Section D
       includes descriptions of tools that can be used to help secure a
       system.

       System administrators can use this document to prevent several
       types of break-ins. We encourage system administrators to review
       all sections of this document and modify their systems
       accordingly to close these potential vulnerabilities.

       In addition to the information in this document, we provide an
       01-README file, which contains a list and brief description of
       all CERT advisories. This file is available by anonymous FTP from

               info.cert.org:/pub/cert_advisories/01-README

       We encourage you to get all advisories that pertain to your
       system(s), along with the widely applicable advisories, such as
       those on rdist and TFTP, and to install all patches or workarounds
       described in the advisories.

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76.11: Oracle7 Workgroup Server Available For Solaris X86

       Mountain View, Calif. -- April 3, 1995 -- SunSoft, Inc. today
       announced the availability of Oracle Corporation's Oracle7 (r)
       Workgroup Server for the SunSoft Solaris (r) x86 software
       environment. This powerful combination revolutionizes the
       Microsoft (r) Windows based PC LAN environment with the
       industry leading enterprise class relational database and a proven
       32-bit operating system.

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76.12: Sun Multimedia Training Takes Honor At International Competition

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 3, 1995 - The Society for
       Technical Communication has given the SunTutor: Solaris
       Administration product the "Achievement Award" at the annual
       STC International On-Line Communication Competition, held
       March 4-6, 1995, in Seattle, Washington.

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76.13: SunSoft Licenses Serial X Connectivity Technology

       Agreement Reaffirms SunSoft's SolarNet (TM) Family
       PC-to-Enterprise Leadership

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 3 , 1995 -- Further extending
       its PC-to-enterprise leadership position, SunSoft, Inc., the
       software subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
       (NASDAQ:SUNW) and Tektronix (NYSE:TEK) today have
       concluded a strategic agreement that allows SunSoft's recently
       launched SolarNet (TM) PC-X product to incorporate Tektronix'
       industry-leading serial X connectivity technology. Under terms of
       the agreement, SunSoft has licensed the source code of
       SerialXpress, enabling Tektronix' technology to be tightly
       integrated into the Solaris operating environment. SunSoft's
       decision to incorporate the SerialXpress host in future releases of
       the Solaris operating system provides a straight-from-the-box
       remote networking capability for SolarNet PC-X clients. Users of
       PCs that rely on SerialXpress will be capable of remote access to
       SunSoft's Solaris servers and workstations. As a result,
       organizations will be able to provide PC users with transparent
       network access and tighter integration with Solarnet.

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76.14: Sun Integration & Oracle, Announce Agreement

       Joint Reseller, Consulting Alliance Expands Relationship

       MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 3, 1995 - SunIntegration, a
       business unit of SunService, a division of Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
       and Oracle Corporation, today announced a joint sales and
       marketing agreement that provides customers with "one-stop
       shopping" for buying and supporting a full range of Oracle
       client/server database and enterprise management software
       offerings on the Sun (TM) SPARCserver (TM) and SPARCstation
       (TM) platform, as well as personal computers.

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9001: General FlashBack/SunFlash Information

      This article contains general information about the electronic
      journals that I edit and publish: "SunFlash" , "FlashBack" and
      "The Internet FlashBack"

      I produced "The Florida SunFlash" for nearly six years.
      "SunFlash" is the continuation of that journal. When "SunFlash"
      grew to about 100 articles per month, 140,000+ subscribers and
      30,000+ article requests per month I decided that it was time to
      make some changes. For a variety of reasons, I started the two
      new journals, "FlashBack" and "The Internet FlashBack",
      and moved production of all three journals to an
      independent company with its own resouces and Internet domain
      (FlashBack.COM).

      My goal, as always, is to provide useful, timely, high-quality
      information to the Sun user community.

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9002: FlashBack and SunFlash Index

      This article contains a one line index entry for each of the
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