Google Engineers Patch Java Bug in 2,600 Open Source Projects

Today's topics include a Google volunteer team patching thousands of open-source projects, Google’s progress on teaching computers to diagnose cancer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s decision to realign its technical services unit and Symantec’s tool that helps users identify Cloudbleed risks.

A Google security researcher last week offered the first details on an effort by a 50-member volunteer team at the company last year to help patch more than 2,600 open-source projects against a critical vulnerability in a widely used Java process.

The demonstration prompted vulnerability disclosures from multiple vendors, including Oracle, IBM and Cisco, and led many security researchers to estimate that millions of applications—commercially developed, custom-built and open source—were susceptible to the issue.

Researchers from Google’s machine learning group are developing algorithms for the automated detection of breast cancer metastases from whole slide images of biological tissue samples.

Using images supplied by the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, the researchers have been training the algorithms to automatically recognize signs that an individual’s breast cancer may have spread or metastasized to nearby lymph nodes.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has redesigned its tech services division to focus specifically on the ubiquitous trend of digital transformation of enterprise IT shops. As of March 2, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT giant is calling this team Pointnext.

It will utilize the expertise of more than 25,000 specialists in 80 countries covering 30 languages and spanning a range of disciplines--from cloud consulting experts to operational services experts.

hese teams collaborate with businesses worldwide to speed their adoption of emerging technologies, including cloud computing and hybrid IT, big data and analytics, the intelligent edge and the internet of things.

Cloudflare, the company behind the Cloudbleed security incident that enabled the unintentional leakage of data, has been actively working to mitigate the impact of the vulnerability.

Now security vendor Symantec has a new tool to help detect vulnerable applications. While Cloudflare has been publicly posting about the incident, Symantec is offering its customers an additional layer of mitigation by helping to further identify potential areas of risk.

Symantec now offers its customers a Cloudbleed analysis capability that makes use of the company's CloudSOC and ProxySG technologies.