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Security advisories for Wednesday

Wednesday 4th of February 2015 05:24:18 PM

Debian has updated krb5 (multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated privoxy (F21; F20: multiple vulnerabilities) and vorbis-tools (F20: denial of service).

Oracle has updated mariadb (OL7: multiple unspecified vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL6.2: multiple vulnerabilities), mariadb (RHEL7: multiple unspecified vulnerabilities), mariadb55-mariadb (RHSCL1: multiple unspecified vulnerabilities), and mysql55-mysql (RHSCL1: multiple unspecified vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated mariadb (SL7: multiple unspecified vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated EC2 kernel (10.04: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (12.04; 10.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-ti-omap4 (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and unzip (14.10, 14.04, 12.04, 10.04: unspecified impact).

[$] FreeNAS — network-attached storage with ZFS

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 10:34:27 PM
Thus far, this series has looked at Linux distributions that are optimized for network-attached storage (NAS) deployments. This installment will take a slightly different turn: the system under review (FreeNAS) is indeed a free distribution for NAS applications, but it is based on FreeBSD rather than Linux. In many ways it looks like the Linux-based systems reviewed previously, but there are some interesting differences.

You can now petition the European Union to 'fix my document' (

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 08:20:41 PM covers an effort, initiated by Open Forum Europe (OFE), to help the European Union (EU) institutions live up to their commitments to support open document formats when communicating with the public. "Inspired by the pothole identification and alert site and app,, OFE, through its, is giving a crowd-sourced voice to public frustration with software interoperability limitations that stand in the way of citizens who are seeking to communicate and interact with government. It should be noted, however, this is more than a vehicle through which to vent. Many parts of the EU are legitimately working hard to implement ODF, the open document format for office applications. will help them better identify software and documents that are presenting the most pressing and immediate problems. As an added benefit, it should not go unnoticed that more fully deploying ODF and other open standards will help the EU avoid vendor lock-in."

Tuesday's security updates

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 05:24:05 PM

Debian has updated condor (code execution), python-django (multiple vulnerabilities), and unzip (unspecified impact).

Fedora has updated mingw-jasper (F21; F20: two vulnerabilities), rubygem-passenger (F20: insecure use of temporary files), and seamonkey (F21; F20: multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated jasper (13.2, 13.1: two vulnerabilities), patch (13.2, 13.1: symlink attack), and vlc (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated libvncserver (RHEL6.5: code execution) and libyaml (RHSCL1: denial of service).

Ubuntu has updated clamav (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: code execution).

Calamares 1.0

Monday 2nd of February 2015 11:39:32 PM
Version 1.0 of Calamares, a distribution-independent installer framework, has been released. "The initial idea for Calamares popped up in May 2014, less than a year ago, and out of frustration: many successful independent Linux distributions came with lackluster installers, and all of these installers were a result of competition rather than cooperation. Improving one of the existing installers wouldn't have fixed this, as every installer was more or less distribution specific. We wanted to create a product that would satisfy the requirements of most Linux distributions, developed as an upstream project for all of them." See this blog post for more details.

CoreOS 'Rockets' Ahead With Docker Alternative (eWeek)

Monday 2nd of February 2015 08:14:44 PM
eWeek takes a look at CoreOS, its Rocket effort, and etcd. "A key part of the CoreOS platform is the etcd system, which provides a shared configuration and scheduler coordination capability that is enabled by a distributed, consistent key-value store. As an open-source effort led by CoreOS, etcd is also used in the Google Kubernetes project as well as Pivotal's Cloud Foundry and Apache Mesos. On Jan. 28, CoreOS announced etcd version 2.0 and tagged it as the first major stable release of the technology. Prior to etcd 2.0, the most recent version was 0.4.6."

Security advisories for Monday

Monday 2nd of February 2015 06:15:23 PM

Debian has updated chromium-browser (eol on 7.0 "wheezy") and vlc (multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian-LTS has updated php5 (multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated clamav (F21; F20: heap overflow), firefox (F21: backed out the flash click-to-play setup), and patch (F21: multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated bugzilla (command injection), icu (multiple vulnerabilities), kdebase4-runtime (misuse of crypto), and libvirt (information leak).

openSUSE has updated glibc (12.3: code execution), hivex (13.2, 13.1: privilege escalation), java-1_7_0-openjdk (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), libmspack (13.2, 13.1: denial of service), polarssl (13.2: code execution), seamonkey (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), and xdg-utils (13.2: command execution).

SUSE has updated firefox (SLE11 SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).

Kernel prepatch 3.19-rc7

Monday 2nd of February 2015 12:13:37 PM
The 3.19-rc7 prepatch is out right on schedule. "Everything seems to be fairly calm and normal, so this is likely to be the last rc unless something unexpected suddenly comes up. Which means that I'd like to see more people test-booting and running this puppy just to check things out."

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