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Intel Didn't Heed Security Experts Warnings About ME

3 hours 12 min ago
The folks at Intel probably went to the nearest lavatory to wash egg off their faces after finding these flaws. This should never have happened. Security experts have been saying for years that Intel's ME was a security nightmare waiting to happen. Intel didn't listen, apparently because being the first (and now second) largest chip maker on the planet, it knew better.

How To Install Kali Linux

5 hours 7 min ago
?When it comes to penetration testing, hacking and offensive distros, one of the first to be mentioned is Kali Linux. It is based on Debian and is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. Today we take a look at installing Kali Linux. We will look at using the entire disk and installing alongside Windows.

Why microservices are a security issue

7 hours 1 min ago
I struggled with writing the title for this post, and I worry that it comes across as clickbait. If you[he]#039[/he]ve come to read this because it looked like clickbait, then sorry.1 I hope you[he]#039[/he]ll stay anyway: there are lots of fascinating2 points and many3 footnotes.

Interview with FreeDOS Founder and Lead Dev Jim Hall

8 hours 55 min ago
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the FreeDOS project. To help celebrate those many years and help raise awareness for the project, I connected with Jim Hall (FreeDOS founder and lead developer) and asked him a few questions. Here are his answers.

9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications

10 hours 50 min ago
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

Why Linux can make you feel thankful or merely stuffed

12 hours 44 min ago
It's turkey time — cause for reflection on how Unix and Linux have improved our lives.

How to Install Firefox Quantum on Debian Stretch Linux

14 hours 38 min ago
Firefox 57 is easily the best update to come to Firefox ever. Mozilla even named this release "Quantum" because of how dramatically the browser speed improved. Couple that with the complete redesign of Firefox's UI, and you have a pretty dramatic change.

Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself

16 hours 33 min ago
More than 20 pulls a day on his desk, v.4.15 bloating and a Thanksgiving trip to pack for made Linus testyLinux overlord. Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

18 hours 27 min ago
Wow, I see what you did there *rolls eyes*. The maintainer of the Linux manual program man has scrapped an "Easter egg" after it broke a user's automatic code tests.

Chromebook exploit earns researcher second $100k bounty

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 07:23:59 AM
For Google's bug bounty accountants, lightning just struck twice. In September 2016, an anonymous hacker called Gzob Qq earned $100,000 (?75,000) for reporting a critical "persistent compromise" exploit of Google's Chrome OS, used by Chromebooks.

Open Source Cloud Skills and Certification Are Key for SysAdmins

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 05:29:37 AM
System administrator is one of the most common positions employers are looking to fill among 53 percent of respondents to the 2017 Open Source Jobs Report. Consequently, sysadmins with skills in engineering can command higher salaries, as these positions are among the hardest to fill, the report finds.

qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 03:35:15 AM
qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements.

Open source Linux-on-Zynq SBC debuts new FPGA add-on standard

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 01:40:53 AM
Opal Kelly’s “SYZYGY Brain-1” SBC, which runs Linux on a Zynq-7012S, is a proof of concept for its SYZYGY standard for FPGA-driven peripherals. FPGA development firm Opal Kelly has gone to Crowd Supply to launch a development board to showcase its SYZYGY standard for FPGA peripheral expansion.

Containers are Linux - But What About Windows?

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 12:26:33 AM
VIDEO: Chris Wright, CTO of Red Hat discusses the intersection of Windows and Linux containers and how Red Hat now works with Microsoft.

5 approaches to learning Python

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 11:12:13 PM
Python is a powerful, versatile programming language that's popular with open source software developers. Whether you're a seasoned developer looking to test your code, or you just want to learn the basics, the following resources might help.read more

How to Set Up Private DNS Servers with BIND on Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 09:57:53 PM
How to Set Up Private DNS Servers with BIND on Ubuntu 16.04.

Am I willing to pay the price to support ethical hardware?

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 08:43:33 PM
The tech industry is promoting planned obsolescence and the monetization of user's personal data. Are we willing to pay more for laptops, tablets and smartphones which buck these trends?

How DevOps eliminates development bottlenecks

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 07:29:13 PM
The Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Ranger program is a community of volunteers that gives professional guidance, practical experience, and gap-filling solutions to the developer community.read more

14 Linux apps that will change how you work

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 05:00:33 PM
Here are 14 killer Linux office productivity apps you may not know about – everything from GnuCash for accounting to GIMP for image editing to GnoTime for time management.

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Security: Uber Sued, Intel ‘Damage Control’, ZDNet FUD, and XFRM Privilege Escalation

  • Uber hit with 2 lawsuits over gigantic 2016 data breach
    In the 48 hours since the explosive revelations that Uber sustained a massive data breach in 2016, two separate proposed class-action lawsuits have been filed in different federal courts across California. The cases allege substantial negligence on Uber’s part: plaintiffs say the company failed to keep safe the data of the affected 50 million customers and 7 million drivers. Uber reportedly paid $100,000 to delete the stolen data and keep news of the breach quiet. On Tuesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote: “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.”
  • Intel Releases Linux-Compatible Tool For Confirming ME Vulnerabilities [Ed: ‘Damage control’ strategy is to make it look like just a bug.]
    While Intel ME security issues have been talked about for months, confirming fears that have been present about it for years, this week Intel published the SA-00086 security advisory following their own internal review of ME/TXE/SPS components. The impact is someone could crash or cause instability issues, load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system, and other possible issues.
  • Open source's big weak spot? Flawed libraries lurking in key apps [Ed: Linux basher Liam Tung entertains FUD firm Snyk and Microsoft because it suits the employer's agenda]
  • SSD Advisory – Linux Kernel XFRM Privilege Escalation

gThumb 3.6 GNOME Image Viewer Released with Better Wayland and HiDPI Support

gThumb, the open-source image viewer for the GNOME desktop environment, has been updated this week to version 3.6, a new stable branch that introduces numerous new features and improvements. gThumb 3.6 comes with better support for the next-generation Wayland display server as the built-in video player, color profiles, and application icon received Wayland support. The video player component received a "Loop" button to allow you to loop videos, and there's now support for HiDPI displays. The app also ships with a color picker, a new option to open files in full-screen, a zoom popover that offers different zoom commands and a zoom slider, support for double-click activation, faster image loading, aspect ratio filtering, and the ability to display the description of the color profile in the property view. Read more Also: Many Broadway HTML5 Backend Improvements Land In GTK4

ExTiX 18.0, 64bit, with Deepin Desktop 15.5 (made in China!) and Refracta Tools – Create your own ExTiX/Ubuntu/Deepin system in minutes!

I’ve made a new extra version of ExTiX with Deepin 15.5 Desktop (made in China!). Deepin is devoted to providing a beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. Only a minimum of packages are installed in ExTiX Deepin. You can of course install all packages you want. Even while running ExTiX Deepin live. I.e. from a DVD or USB stick. Study all installed packages in ExTiX Deepin. Read more Also: ExTiX, the Ultimate Linux System, Now Has a Deepin Edition Based on Ubuntu 17.10 Kali Linux 2017.3 Brings New Hacking Tools — Download ISO And Torrent Files Here