05.25.11

Xamarin CEO Has Microsoft Employment History

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 2:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

XamarinSummary: Nat Friedman becomes CEO of Trojarin

THIS morning we noted that Trojarin [1, 2, 3] is partly bankrolled by Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza. News has just come out that Trojarin recruited Nat Friedman, who had worked for Microsoft. His position? CEO. He left Novell after he had defended the patent deal with Microsoft and earned software patents which are probably in Microsoft's hands now (CPTN).

Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Ximian and one time CTO of Novell’s open source efforts is back in the game.

Friedman left Novell in January of 2010, where he had been since the company (Ximian) he co-founded with Miguel de Icaza was acquired in 2003.

Now De Icaza is out of Novell with a new startup focused on Mono and his old buddy Nat is rejoining him to become the CEO.

Good ol’ .NET club is back together, but with a lot less funding. If they are trying to mimic Microsoft, then ought to look at this latest blunder in Hotmail:

Microsoft has patched a bug in its Hotmail email service that attackers were exploiting to silently steal confidential correspondences and user contacts from unsuspecting victims.

The vulnerability was actively being exploited using emails that contained malicious scripts, Trend Micro researcher Karl Dominguez said Monday. Successful attacks required only that a Hotmail user open the malicious email or view it in a preview window. The commands embedded in the emails uploaded users’ correspondences and user contacts to servers under the control of attackers without requiring the victim to click on links or otherwise take any action.

And these are the role models for Trojarin.

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2 Comments

  1. twitter said,

    May 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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    The blunder seems to be Windows only and is probably IE only. See the platforms for JS_AGENT.SMJ and HTML_AGENT.SMJ. So this is a combined security failure blunder. Shame on Trend Micro and The Register for not Calling Out Windows.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I’ve just found the announcment from Miguel, who once wrote: “At Microsoft I learned the truth about ActiveX and COM and I got very interested in it inmediately [sic].”

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