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Development Release: OPNsense 16.7 RC1

Monday 4th of July 2016 01:49:50 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based project designed to be run on firewalls and routers. The OPNsense team has released a new development snapshot, OPNsense 16.7-RC1. The new testing release offers SSL fingerprinting, monitoring CPU temperature through the System Health page, HTTPS proxy support and NTP can be disabled as....

Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 24-7977

Monday 4th of July 2016 05:53:24 AM
Ron Henderson has announced the release of Network Security Toolkit (NST) 24-7977, the latest version of the project's Fedora-based distribution featuring a large collection of network security applications: "We are pleased to announce the latest NST release - 'NST 24 SVN:7977'. This release is based on Fedora 24....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 668

Monday 4th of July 2016 12:05:26 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Fedora 24 - It isn't for everybody, but then, it doesn't try to be News: FreeBSD improves ZFS cache handling, Arch warns about updating screen, DragonFly BSD improves HAMMER2, Linux Mint plans for 18.1 Opinion: Flatpak, Snap and AppImage Torrent corner: antiX,....

Development Release: VectorLinux 7.2 Beta 1

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 11:29:45 AM
Robert Lange has announced the availability of the first beta release of the upcoming VectorLinux 7.2, a Slackware-based distribution with a choice of Xfce ("Standard" edition) and IceWM ("Light" edition) desktop user interfaces: "VectorLinux is proud to announce the first beta release of the 7.2 version of its....

Distribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 8+edu0

Sunday 3rd of July 2016 12:11:57 AM
Laura Arjona Reina has announced the release of a new major version of Debian Edu/Skolelinux, a Debian-based distribution tailored to educational institutions, computer labs and school networks. Labeled as version 8+edu0, this is the project's first stable release based on the Debian 8.0: "The Debian Edu developer team....

Distribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 8.0

Saturday 2nd of July 2016 08:41:49 AM
Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the availability of Zenwalk Linux 8.0, a major new release of the project's Slackware-based distribution with Xfce as the default desktop and a number user-friendly enhancements: "Zenwalk is back after a long development blackout, with the latest best-of-breed software (LibreOffice 5.1.3, Chromium 51, MPlayer....

Distribution Release: Slackware Linux 14.2

Friday 1st of July 2016 09:37:43 PM
The Slackware project has announced a new stable release of the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution. The new version, Slackware Linux 14.2, ships with Linux kernel version 4.4, KDE 4.14, Xfce 4.12 and the 64-bit build of Slackware supports booting on UEFI-enabled hardware. "Slackware 14.2 brings many updates....

Development Release: Mageia 6 Sta 1

Friday 1st of July 2016 05:18:40 PM
The developers of Mageia have announced the release of a new testing snapshot, Mageia 6 Sta 1. The new snapshot features a move to the GRUB 2 boot loader and KDE's Plasma 5 desktop environment. "The first stabilization snapshot, as the name suggests, aims to start bringing everything....

Development Release: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1

Thursday 30th of June 2016 08:40:19 PM
Martin Wimpress has announced an early development snapshot for Ubuntu MATE. The new test release, Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1, features a lot of changes to the default list of installed packages and features a MATE desktop built using GTK+ 3 libraries (past versions used GTK+ 2). The....

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Security News

  • Linux Security Automation at Scale in the Cloud
    Ten years ago it didn’t seem like Linux growth could increase any faster. Then, in 2006, Amazon launched Amazon Web Services (AWS). Linux growth went from linear to exponential. AWS competitors sprang up and were acquired by IBM, Microsoft, and other big players, accelerating Linux expansion even more. Linux became the platform of choice for the private cloud. But this movement wasn’t confined to the cloud. A rush to create Linux applications and services spilled over to traditional on premises. Linux had evolved from that obscure thing people ran web servers on to the backbone operating system of the majority of IT.
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    My friends often leave their computers open and unlocked. I tell them they should probably get in the habit of locking their computers, but they don’t listen to me. So I’ve created a simple project to hack my friends and show them the importance of computer security. All I need to do is wait for them to leave their computer unlocked for a few seconds, open up their terminal, and type a single, short command.
  • Citibank IT guy deliberately wiped routers, shut down 90% of firm’s networks across America
    It was just after 6pm on December 23, 2013, and Lennon Ray Brown, a computer engineer at the Citibank Regents Campus in Irving, Texas, was out for revenge. Earlier in the day, Brown – who was responsible for the bank’s IT systems – had attended a work performance review with his supervisor. It hadn’t gone well. Brown was now a ticking time bomb inside the organisation, waiting for his opportunity to strike. And with the insider privileges given to him by the company, he had more of an opportunity to wreak havoc than any external hacker.
  • Explo-Xen! Bunker buster bug breaks out guests from hypervisor
    A super-bug in the Xen hypervisor may allow privileged code running in guests to escape to the underlying host. This means, on vulnerable systems, malicious administrators within virtual machines can potentially break out of their confines and start interfering with the host server and other guests. This could be really bad news for shared environments. All versions of open-source Xen are affected (CVE-2016-6258, XSA-182) although it is only potentially exploitable on x86 hardware running paravirtualized (PV) guests. The bug was discovered by Jérémie Boutoille of Quarkslab, and publicly patched on Tuesday for Xen versions 4.3 to 4.7 and the latest bleeding-edge code.
  • Intel Puts Numbers on the Security Talent Shortage
    The cybersecurity shortfall in the workforce remains a critical vulnerability for companies and nations, according to an Intel Security report being issued today. Eighty-two percent of surveyed respondents reported a shortage of security skills, and respondents in every country said that cybersecurity education is deficient.

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