Last week, the website for MySQL, the world’s most popular open-source database server which is now a division of Oracle, was hacked. While this likely doesn’t affect most of our blog’s readers, it goes to serve as a valuable example of why running a web content filter on your network is vital to information security. MySQL.com is a legitimate business website with a good reputation. However, it was compromised by hackers, essentially turning the website into a platform for distributing malware to anyone who visited the site. Keep this in mind the next time you think that you don’t need a web content filter because you only visit “legitimate websites.”
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I just heard that Oracle intends to buy Sun Microsystems.
Most of my clients are small enough that they do not (directly) use any products from Oracle. However, just about all of them use Sun Microsystems‘ Java development platform. Furthermore, just about every web site we’ve created in the last ten years has been driven by a MySQL database, and Sun bought MySQL last year.
While I was a bit concerned with Sun taking over MySQL, I am now very concerned with MySQL’s future. Oracle has never really been a big proponent of open source, and I could easily see them discontinuing or significantly cutting back on development of of this fine product.
Watch this space for developments that may affect small business users of MySQL in the future.