Opera Browser 10.53 Fixes Critical Security Vulnerability

The Opera web browser is user-friendly, secure, and fast with the inclusion of opera turbo. The Opera browser uses less memory and less space on your hard drive than before. It is also an extremely versatile web browser that includes a lot of new features such as Visual tabs, pop-up blocking, integrated searches and more advanced features such as e-mail, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat enabling you to be more productive whilst browsing through the web.

I personally disable the E-Mail, News and IM Client as I am using Thunderbird and Google talk. I have mentioned how to disable these features in an earlier post (Click Here). Anyhow I have been using the latest version (10.53) for a little bit of time now and I have to say that the browser is getting better by the day. The latest version fixes a Severe Vulnerability that affected Opera 10.52 for Windows, where it enables hackers to execute malicious code. This latest version also fixes a few other issues including browser freezing on Google Maps. I would advise anyone still using Opera 10.52 to install the 10.53 patch as soon as possible to protect their systems from this vulnerability.

Below is a list of items that implemented in the latest version of the opera web browser

  • Enjoy unprecedented speed with our new Carakan JavaScript engine, Vega graphics library, and Opera Presto 2.5 browser engine.
  • Opera includes industry leading support for Web standards such as HTML 5, SVG and JavaScript.
  • Enhanced platform integration on Windows and Mac means that Opera looks and works better than ever on your operating system.
  • A beautiful, new design looks great on Windows, maximizing your view of the Web and fully utilizing Aero transparency on Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  • Our improved dialogs will not get in your way or interrupt you. You can now switch between different pages without having to clear prompts first.
  • Searching is easier than ever, with Web search integrated right in the address field. You can also find pages from your history and bookmarks, as you type.
  • Displaying pages in the size you want is smoother than ever, with a new zoom slider in the status bar.
  • Rest assured that browsing stays personal with private browsing. Once you close a private tab or window, the data from that session is removed from the browser without a trace.

Click here to download the latest Opera version.

If you wish to install the latest snapshot it is available at the Opera Desktop Team blog.

Happy Browsing

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Adding Virtual Disks to a Linux Virtual Machine in VMWare

In the earlier post (click here to read the post) I talked about adding a virtual disk to a Windows virtual machine. This post is going to focus on adding a virtual disk to a Linux virtual machine.

The initial steps that you need to follow in adding a virtual disk to the Linux machine is the same as for the windows machine. What differs is how the new disk is mounted and used in each OS. So you need to follow all the steps in my previous post right up to the point where you boot the guest operating system.

From here things are a bit different. Below are the steps you will need to follow to get the new virtual disk up and running

  • Once the guest operating system has booted up, login as root or any user that has sudo privileges. Remember that in Linux the first SCSI drive is sda, the second sdb etc… Let’s assume that this was the second SCSI drive we added to the system, so the device will be  known (available for use) as /dev/sdb
  • Once that is sorted out, we need to use the fdisk utility to initialize the virtual disk as a partition. The command is fdisk /dev/sdb
  • Enter the command n to create a new partition and enter 1 for first cylinder to mention that we will be using the whole disk
  • Once this is done we need to write a new partition table to this newly created partition. For that enter w which writes the new table and exits fdisk.
  • Now that we have created the partition, we need to format it. I am going to use the ext3 file system for this new disk. Therefore the command to format the new partition is mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdb1.
  • Now let’s mount the partition. I am going to name this partition usr2. So first of all I go to the root directory (cd /) and use the command mkdir usr2. mkdir will create a folder by the name of usr2 and we are going to mount the partition on to this directory.
  • To mount the partition we run the command mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /software. If you need to verify that the partition has been mounted, run the command df –h.
  • Now this mount will work until the virtual OS is restarted and we will have to manually mount it again.  So to make sure that the partition mounts every time the machine reboots, we need to add an entry in /etc/fstab.
  • So open the fstab file using the vi editor and add a new line as follows,
  • So once the fstab has been written, the partition (drive) will be mounted and un-mounted whenever the machine is started or shutdown.