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BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Gets New Release with More Than 150 New Tools

7 hours 34 min ago
The BlackArch Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system has received a new installation media today that brings lots of updated and new tools, as well as many other improvements.

Powered by the latest stable and most advanced Linux 5.1.4 kernel, BlackArch Linux 2019.06.01 is here to introduce more than 150 new hacking tools, an updated installer to version 1.1.1, a new "jedi-vim" plugin providing the jedi autocompletion library to the VIM editor, along with several other updated VIM plugins.

Moreover, BlackArch Linux 2019.06.01 comes with support for rxvt-unicode, updated Xresources and Xdefaults, updated tools and packages, including their configuration files, updated core packages, and updated window manager menus for the Awesome, Fluxbox, and Openbox window managers.

ISO clean-ups and tweaks

The BlackArch Linux ISO has received some necessary clean-ups and tweaks as well for version 2019.06.01, and the developers noted the... (read more)

Tails 3.14 Anonymous Linux OS Adds Mitigations for the Intel MDS Vulnerabilities

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 06:20:00 PM
Tails, the anonymous, Debian-based operating system used by ex-NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to stay hidden online, has been updated to version 3.14, a release that adds mitigations for the latest Intel MDS security vulnerabilities.

Tails 3.14 is here two months after the release of Tails 3.13 mainly to address the recently discovered MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) security vulnerabilities in Intel microprocessors. To fully mitigate these flaws and protect you against Fallout, RIDL, and ZombieLoad attacks, the SMT function must be disabled.

Furthermore, Tails 3.14 ships with long-term supported Linux 4.19.37 kernel and the all the latest firmware packages to provide you with up-to-date hardware support and compatibility with newer grap... (read more)

Peppermint 10 Operating System Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 04:42:00 PM
The Peppermint OS team released the Peppermint 10 Linux-based operating system for personal computer based on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series.

As Peppermint 10 is based on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS repositories as of May 14th, 2019, it means it's in fact based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, which ships with updated kernel and graphics stacks from the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system. As such, Peppermint 10 is powered by Linux kernel 4.18.0-18.

Highlights of the Peppermint 10 release include support for automatically install the Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers, including support for Nvidia Optimus setups, Ice 6.0.2 with support for isolated profiles for Chromium, Google Chrome, and Vivaldi web browsers, and a new utility for setting font DPIs.

"As with previous releases we invite you to compare Peppermint to other operating systems, we are confident you will be impressed," said Mark Greaves in the read more)

Ubuntu's MDS Mitigations Now Available for Intel Cherry Trail and Bay Trail CPUs

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 04:05:00 PM
Canonical has released an updated intel-microcode firmware for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems to mitigate the recently discovered MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) security vulnerabilities in more Intel CPUs.

On May 14th, 2019, Intel published details about four new security vulnerabilities discovered by various security researchers, which are affecting several of its Intel microprocessor families. Intel released updated microcode firmware to mitigate them, and they landed on the same day for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series.

Now, Canonical has released an updated intel-microcode firmware that addresses these new securi... (read more)

Total War: Three Kingdoms Out Now for Linux and Mac, Ported by Feral Interactive

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 03:19:00 PM
UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that the Total War: Three Kingdoms turn-based strategy real-time tactics video game is now available for Linux and macOS platforms.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the Total War: Three Kingdoms video game was actually launched today, May 23rd, 2019, for Microsoft Windows, but Feral Interactive made it possible to sync their Linux and Mac ports with the Window release, so you can play it on your favorite platform.

As its name suggests, the game is set in the Three Kingdoms period, where players will have to control one of the twelve legendary Warlords in their attempt to eliminate other factions and unify China. The goal of the Total War: Three Kingdoms video game is to become the ultimate ruler of the kingdom.

"The year is AD 190. China, a great but fractured country, calls out for new leadership. Now is the time to unit... (read more)

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Now Supports More Than 50 Android Devices

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 05:50:00 PM
Offensive Security have released the second maintenance update to the Kali Linux 2019 operating system, adding all the latest software releases, GNU/Linux technologies, and other enhancements.

Powered by the Linux 4.19.28 kernel, Kali Linux 2019.2 is here to introduce a new release of the Kali Linux NetHunter toolkit, which lets you run Kali Linux on Android-based mobile devices. The Kali Linux NetHunter 2019.2 release adds support for 13 new devices.

These include the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, OnePlus 2, and Galaxy Tab S4 (both LTE and Wi-Fi models). With this, the Kali Linux NetHunter toolkit now support more than 50 devices powered by a wide-range of Android OS releases, from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 9 Pie.

"Thanks to the tireless contributions from the vibrant NetHunter community led by re4son, binkybear, fattire, jmingov, jcadduono, kimocoder, and PaulWebSec, NetHunter now supports over 50 devices running all the latest Android versions, from KitKat through to ... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 67 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 04:52:00 PM
The recently released Mozilla Firefox 67 web browser is now available for download from the official software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems.

The Firefox 67 web browser arrived on May 21st, 2019, and promises to be the fastest Firefox release to date thanks to the numerous internal performance improvements implemented by Mozilla. Firefox 67 also comes with a built-in crypto miner and fingerprinter blocker, and a much-improved Private Browsing mode.

One of the coolest new features of the Firefox 67 web browser is the ability to finally run different builds of Firefox at the same time. As such, users can now install and run the Firefox stable, beta, and nightly versions all side by side, or install and use both the latest stable and the ESR (Extended Support Release) version simultaneously.

Oth... (read more)

openSUSE Leap 15.1 Officially Released, Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 03:10:00 PM
The openSUSE Project announced today the release and general availability of the openSUSE Leap 15.1 operating system, the first minor point release to the openSUSE Leap 15 series.

Based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1 (Service Pack 1) operating system, the openSUSE Leap 15.1 release features an improved installer, updated kernel and graphics stacks with improved support for AMD Vega GPUs, switches to the NetworkManager open-source network connection manager by default for both laptop and desktop machines, while Wicked is still used for server systems, and improves YaST functionality.

YaST, the installation and configuration utility for both openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise operating systems, now offers improved management of services, a new user interface for managing Firewalld, better control over Salt formulas, the ability to manage SSH keys per user, an improv... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.2.4 Open-Source Office Suite Released with More Than 100 Bug Fixes

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 01:44:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of the fourth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 6.2 open-source office suite series for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Coming about a month after the LibreOffice 6.2.3 release, the LibreOffice 6.2.4 update is here to squash even more of those pesky bugs reported by users lately, in an attempt to make the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite as stable as possible for enterprise deployments. A total of 106 issues were resolved in LibreOffice 6.2.4, but, for now, it is still recommended to bleeding edge users and technology enthusiasts who want the latest LibreOffice fe... (read more)

HP Linux Imaging & Printing Drivers Now Supported on Ubuntu 19.04 and Fedora 30

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 04:30:00 PM
The HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) software, an open-source and free print, scan and fax driver solution for HP printers and scanners, has been updated to version 3.19.5 for Linux-based operating systems.

The HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.19.5 software release is now available with support for a plethora of new HP printers, among which we can mention HP LaserJet Enterprise M507n, HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn, HP LaserJet Enterprise M507x, HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dng, HP LaserJet Managed E50145dn, HP LaserJet Managed E50145x, and HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M528dn.

The HP LaserJet Enterprise MFP M528f, HP LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M528c, HP LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M528z, HP LaserJet Managed MFP E52645dn, HP LaserJet Managed Flow MFP E52645c, HP Color LaserJet Managed E75245dn, HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M751n, HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M751dn, and HP PageWide XL 3900PS MFP printers are also now supported by HPLIP.

Furthermore, the HP Office... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 5.2, First RC Out Now

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 03:27:00 PM
With two weeks passed after the release of Linux kernel 5.1, Linus Torvalds has kicked off the development of the upcoming Linux 5.2 kernel series over the weekend.

The two-week merge window is now closed and the first RC (Release Candidate) milestone has been released for public testing and early adoption to discover pesky bugs and other annoyances that might block the final release of the Linux 5.2 kernel series later this summer. Things looks normal for now and everything is on track for a calm release.

"Things look fairly normal. Just about two thirds of the patch is drivers (all over), with the bulk of the rest being arch updates, tooling, documentation and vfs/filesystem updates, of which there were more than usual (the unicode tables for ext4 case insensitivity do end up being a big part of the "bulk" side)," says Linus Tor... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Environment Enters Beta with Many Enhancements

Thursday 16th of May 2019 04:33:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the beta version of their upcoming KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment to give the community an early taste of what's coming.

KDE Plasma 5.16 is a major release that introduces numerous new features and improvements, across many of the built-in apps but also under the hood to make your KDE Plasma experience better, more stable, and more enjoyable. One of the highlights of KDE Plasma 5.16 is the completely revamped notifications system.

It supports a Do Not Disturb mode, richer notifications for file transfers, a more intelligent history with grouping, the ability to display notifications in full-screen applications, and lots of configuration options for users in a revamped and more usable System Settings page.

Other exciting things to look forward on the KDE Plasma 5.16 release i... (read more)

IPFire Linux-Based Hardened Firewall Gets New Intrusion Prevention System

Thursday 16th of May 2019 12:10:00 PM
The IPFire open-source hardened Linux firewall has been updated today to version 2.23 Core Update 131, a release that introduces a brand new IPS (Intrusion Prevention System), various improvements, and updated components.

The most exciting thing about the IPFire 2.23 Core Update 131 release is that is ships with a new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) that deeply inspects packets and prevents threats, thus making your networks more secure. IPFire previously used Snort as default Intrusion Detection System (IDS), but now it's been replaced with Suricata.

"This new system has many advantages over the old one in terms of performance, security and it simply put - more modern. We would like to thank the team at Suricata on which it is based for their hard work and for creating such an important tool that is now working inside of IPFire," explains developer Michael Tremer in the release announcem... (read more)

Intel's Clear Linux OS Now Offers Workflows Tailored for Linux Developers

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 04:03:00 PM
Intel's Clear Linux OS project have launched new developer bundles tailored towards Linux developers for their Linux-based operating system optimized for the Intel Architecture.

While Clear Linux OS isn't as popular as Ubuntu, Debian, or Arch Linux, it always proved to be a viable and quite fast Linux-based operating system for desktop and server users, offering them the best performance possible on the Intel Architecture. Clear Linux OS follows a rolling-release model where you install once and receive updates forever.

Clear Linux OS always wanted to be the Linux distribution for developers, but now Intel has announced new images, an updated installer, software store, and forum all dedicated to make its open-source operating system a playground for Linux developers of all sizes, genres, and ages, offering them curated content for the best development efficiency possible.

"We started chipping away at a development environment where the user experience is tailored ... (read more)

Debian Patches New Intel MDS Security Vulnerabilities in Debian Linux Stretch

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 01:56:00 PM
The Debian Project has released patched versions of its Linux kernel and intel-microcode packages for the stable Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series to address the recently disclosed Intel MDS security vulnerabilities.

On May 14th, Intel disclosed four new security vulnerabilities affecting several of its Intel CPUs, which could allow attackers to leak sensitive information if the system remains unpatched. Intel has worked with major OS vendors and device manufactures to quickly deploy feasible solutions for mitigating these flaws, and now patches are available for users of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series.

"Multiple researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in the way the Intel processor designs have implemented speculative forwarding of data filled into temporary microa... (read more)

VirtualBox 6.0.8 Released to Make Shared Folders Work with Linux Kernel 3.16.35

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 01:20:00 PM
Oracle released VirtualBox 6.0.8, a new monthly maintenance for its open-source and cross-platform virtualization software with more stability and reliability improvements, as well as fixes for critical bugs.

VirtualBox 6.0.8 is a small update, but it addresses some important problems to make your VirtualBox experience better. For starters, it fixes the saved state resume failures, as well as mouse click pass-through issues that users experienced in multi-screen virtual machines, and a crash that occurred when shutting down a virtual machine without graphics controller.

This release also adds some important improvements for Linux platforms, such as support for shared folders on systems powered by Linux kernel 3.16.35 LTS, support for correctly handling the read-only flag of shared folders, and support for successfully building the VirtualBox kernel module in both non-default and debug build setups.

User interface improvements, Windows fixes

Virtu... (read more)

Canonical Releases Ubuntu Updates to Mitigate New MDS Security Vulnerabilities

Tuesday 14th of May 2019 10:58:00 PM
Canonical has released today new updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series to mitigate the recently disclosed Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) security vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs.

Four new security vulnerabilities affecting Intel microprocessor have been publicly disclosed earlier, and Intel already released updated microcode firmware to mitigate them, but in the case of Linux-based operating system these flaws cannot be addressed only by updating the CPU firmware, but also by installing new Linux kernel versions and QEMU patches.

The vulnerabilities (CVE-2018-121... (read more)

Nvidia 430.14 Linux Driver Improves Performance for DiRT 4 and Wolfenstein II

Tuesday 14th of May 2019 07:34:00 PM
Nvidia has released today new long-lived stable graphics drivers for Linux, BSD, and Solaris systems to add a bunch of various enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements for some games.

The Nvidia 430.14 display driver is now available for Linux-based operating system with performance improvements for the DiRT 4 video game, which was ported last month by UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive to Linux and Mac platforms, as well as for the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus first-person shooter video game, which is available as a Steam Play title.

The Nvidia 430.14 display driver also adds new functionality to the Nvidia VDPAU driver, including support for decoding HEVC YUV 4:4:4 streams, new per-decoder profile capability, support for accessing YUV 4:4:4 surfaces, support for creating YUV 4:4:4 video surfaces, and support for allocating VDPAU video surfaces with explicit frame or field picture structure.

New OpenGL extension, updated nvi... (read more)

Google and Collabora Add Major Change to Linux Kernel 5.1 for Chrome OS Devices

Monday 13th of May 2019 06:04:00 PM
Collabora and Google engineers have been working on a new, exciting new feature that would benefit users of Chrome OS and Android devices, which recently landed in the latest Linux 5.1 kernel series.

According to Collabora's latest report on their contributions to the Linux 5.1 kernel, which arrived last week, it is now possible to mount and boot a mapped device by adding a kernel parameter via command-line at boot time, thus bypassing initramfs image. For Linux kernel 5.1, twelve Collabora's developers also contributed 64 commits and 111 sign-offs, along with lots of bug reports and testing.

"Helen Koike contributed a major change, providing a mechanism to mount a mapped device at boot time through a kernel command line pa... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.04 Open-Source Software Suite Gets Its First Point Release

Monday 13th of May 2019 04:20:00 PM
The KDE Project announced the general availability of the first of three maintenance updates to the recently released KDE Applications 19.04 open-source software suite series.

Coming three weeks after the April 18th release of the KDE Applications 19.04 software suite, the KDE Applications 19.04.1 point release contains numerous bug fixes and translation updates for various of the included apps, including Ark, Cantor,  Dolphin, Kdenlive, Kontact, Spectacle, and Umbrello.

More than 125 changes are included in the KDE Applications 19.04.1 stability release, improving various features like tagging of files on the desktop so it no longer end up with a truncated tag name, KMail's text sharing plugin so it no longer crash, and numerous regres... (read more)

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Ubuntu 19.10 Puts Nvidia's Proprietary GPU Driver Right On The ISO

In Ubuntu 19.04, Canonical introduced the ability to download Nvidia's propriety graphics driver during the OS installation process (provided the user has an internet connection). That was a welcome step toward making gaming more accessible for newcomers. With the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10, however, Canonical is following in the footsteps of System76's Pop!_OS and slapping Nvidia's driver (both 390 and 418) right onto the ISO. Phoronix spotted the update via Ubuntu's Launchpad platform. What this means is that users can have the proprietary Nvidia driver -- a better option for gaming compared to the open source "Nouveau" driver -- ready to go at first boot. They also have the option to install the Nvidia binary at any point in the future without needing to add or activate a repository or download the driver. Read more

Benchmarking AMD FX vs. Intel Sandy/Ivy Bridge CPUs Following Spectre, Meltdown, L1TF, Zombieload

Now with MDS / Zombieload being public and seeing a 8~10% performance hit in the affected workloads as a result of the new mitigations to these Microarchitectural Data Sampling vulnerabilities, what's the overall performance look like now if going back to the days of AMD FX Vishera and Intel Sandybridge/Ivybridge processors? If Spectre, Meltdown, L1TF/Foreshadow, and now Zombieload had come to light years ago would it have shaken that pivotal point in the industry? Here are benchmarks looking at the the performance today with and without the mitigations to the known CPU vulnerabilities to date. As I've already delivered many benchmarks of these mitigations (including MDS/Zombieload) on newer CPUs, for this article we're looking at older AMD FX CPUs with their relevant Spectre mitigations against Intel Sandybridge and Ivybridge with the Spectre/Meltdown/L1TF/MDS mitigations. Tests were done on Ubuntu 19.04 with the Linux 5.0 kernel while toggling the mitigation levels of off (no coverage) / auto (the default / out-of-the-box mitigations used on all major Linux distributions for the default protections) / auto,nosmt (the more restricted level that also disables SMT / Hyper Threading). The AMD CPUs were tested with off/auto as in the "auto,nosmt" mode it doesn't disable any SMT as it doesn't deem it insecure on AMD platforms. Read more

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