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Anonymous OS Tails Gets Fix for SWAPGS Variant of the Spectre Vulnerability

Thursday 5th of September 2019 07:02:00 PM
Tails, the amnesic incognito live system built around the Tor technologies, also known as the Anonymous OS, has been updated to version 3.16 to address a critical security vulnerability and update core components.

Tails 3.16 is now available and it ships with an updated Linux kernel to version 4.19.37-5+deb10u2, imported from the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system. Besides several other security fixes, the updated kernel is patched against the SWAPGS variant of the infamous Spectre vulnerability.

Moreover, the Tails 3.16 release updates most of the firmware packages to improve support for newer hardware, including graphics, Wi-Fi, and others. It also updates the Tor Browser anonymous web browser to the latest 8.5.5 release, and removes predefined bookmarks from Tor Browser's bookmarks toolbar.

Other c... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 69 Is Available for All Supported Ubuntu Releases, Update Now

Thursday 5th of September 2019 05:43:00 PM
The recently released Mozilla Firefox 69 web browser is now available for download from the official software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems.

Mozilla officially launched the Firefox 69 web browser earlier this week with several new privacy and security features, such as the enablement of the Enhanced Tracking Protection by default to automatically block cryptominers, fingerprinters, and third-party tracking cookies.

Firefox 69 also introduces a new Block Autoplay feature to automatically block video content from automatically playing, improves support for WebRTC conferencing services, and brings JIT support to ARM64 systems to improve the performance of Mozilla's JavaScript Optimizing JIT compiler.

Moreover, Firefox 69 adds a new "New Tab" page experience for US users focused on Po... (read more)

Librem 5 Linux Phone Starts Shipping September 24th in Batches Until Q4 2020

Thursday 5th of September 2019 04:06:00 PM
Purism, the hardware manufacturer behind the Librem laptop lineup powered by the PureOS Linux operating system, announced today the final and official shipping dates of the Librem 5 Linux phone.

In development since October 2017 and after a few delays, the privacy and security-focused Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone from Purism is finally shipping later this month, but in batches as iterative production releases. Each batch will ship hardware and software updates, as well as improved mechanical design. The shipping starts September 24th and it will end in Q4 2020.

"The iteration schedule starts in September, 2019, and the Librem 5 will be shipping in batches with incrementing code names. Each iteration improves upon the prior in a rapid rolling release throughout the entire first version of the phone, including the public plans for the second revision of the phone for context," said Todd Weave... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.3 Office Suite Gets Its First Point Release, over 80 Bugs Fixed

Thursday 5th of September 2019 02:58:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of the first point release of the latest LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite series for all supported platforms.

Coming a month after the release of the LibreOffice 6.3 series, LibreOffice 6.3.1 is a maintenance update that fixes a total of 82 issues across various components, such as Word, Draw, Calc, Math, etc., and also introduces a new layer of protection for users before they attempt to run a script or a macro embedded in a document. The same level of protection has been implemented in the LibreOffice 6.2.7 release as well, also announced today.

"LibreOffice 6.3.1 considers the presence of any call to a script-like thing as equally hazardous as a macro, and present the user a warning dialog about the document trying to execute a script," explains Italo Vignoli. "Users should ... (read more)

LibreOffice Developers Announce Increased Focus on PPT/PPTX File Support

Thursday 5th of September 2019 09:45:00 AM
LibreOffice has long been considered the best alternative to Microsoft Office, and partially responsible for this is the advanced compatibility that it offers with documents created in Microsoft’s productivity suite.

And because working with Microsoft Office files is something that all LibreOffice users expect to do as smoothly as possible, The Document Foundation today announced that a dedicated team of developers would be in charge specifically of improving support for PowerPoint presentation files.

In other words, LibreOffice should soon receive updates refining the way the freeware productivity solution works with PPT and PPTX files, albeit the timing obviously depends on a series of factors, including how smoothly the development process goes.

“LibreOffice’s Quality Assurance team is currently going through the collecti... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.3 Slated for Release on Christmas with HiDPI Improvements, More

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 07:15:00 PM
The Linux Mint project published their monthly newsletter to inform the community about the latest developments around the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint operating system.

With the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system hitting the streets last month, the Linux Mint project has kicked off the development of the next release, Linux Mint 19.3 (codename is yet to be revealed), which is expected to arrive this Christmas with more improvements and updated components.

"With the stable release behind us, the upgrade path opened and the new packages ported towards LMDE 3, we started work on Linux Mint 19.3. This next release is planned for Christmas, so our development cycle is quite short and we need to move fast," said Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre.

Better HiDPI support, improved language settings, and more

Among the changes that will be implemented in the upcoming Linux Mint 19.3 operating system... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Reaches End of Life, Plasma 5.17 Arrives on October 15

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 04:35:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the fifth and last maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment, also marking the end of life of this series.

KDE Plasma 5.16.5 is now available, coming five weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.16.4 update, bringing a total of 42 changes across various core components, including the Plasma Workspace, KWayland integration, KWin window manager, System Settings, Plasma Discover, KDE GTK Config, Plasma Addons, KScreen, KScreenlocker, Dr Konqi, and the Breeze and Oxygen themes.

Among the most important changes, we can mention additional current condition icon mappings in the Weather widget, support for Volume widget's speaker test to display sinks and buttons, the ability to group only the same origin notifications and display them in the heading, support for the dictionary runner to find definitions, and various other smaller fixes.

"Today KDE relea... (read more)

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 10:32:00 AM
Canonical released new major Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems to address up to 28 security vulnerabilities.

Affecting the Linux 5.0, 4.15, and 4.4 kernels of Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), the most critical vulnerability (CVE-2019-10638) fixed in this new security update was discovered by Amit Klein and Benny Pinkas in the Linux kernel when randomizing IP ID values generated for connectionless networking protocols, which could allow a remote attacker track particular Linux devices.

Also discovered by Amit Klein and Benny Pinkas, the security update addresses another critical vulnerability (CVE-2019-10639) in the Linux kernel, but only affecting the Linux 4.15 kernel used in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bi... (read more)

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Switches to Linux 5.2, Now Supports OnePlus 7

Monday 2nd of September 2019 09:24:00 PM
Offensive Security announced today the release and general availability of the Kali Linux 2019.03 operating system, a major update to the Kali Linux 2019 series that adds lots of new features, improvements, and updated hacking tools.

Kali Linux 2019.03 kicks off important changes to the default toolset, which will be split in three main categories, kali-linux-default with essential tools for penetration testing, kali-linux-large with a wider collection of penetration testing tools, and kali-linux-everything with all the hacking tools.

It also brings better support for ARM architectures, a few helper scripts that makes finding information about packages more easily and automatically runs Windows binaries with Wine, or make it easier to discover what resources can be transferred over to a Windows system.

The Kali Linux NetHunter project for running the OS on Android devices has been updated as we... (read more)

New SparkyLinux Rolling Release Based on Debian Bullseye Ships with Xfce 4.14

Monday 2nd of September 2019 07:49:00 PM
The development team behind the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system released a new rolling version based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" OS.

SparkyLinux 2019.09 is the rolling release for September 2019, fully updated from the Debian Testing repositories, where the development of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system takes place. All packages are synced with the Debian Testing repos as of September 1st, 2019.

But the better news is that SparkyLinux 2019.09 is the first release of the Debian-based distribution to ship with the recently announced Xfce 4.14 desktop environment. So if you want to get a taste of the new Xfce 4.14 release, go ahead and download the SparkyLinux 2019.09 Xfce edition.

However, the developer... (read more)

RaspEX Project Now Lets You Turn Your Raspberry Pi 4 into a HTPC with Kodi

Sunday 1st of September 2019 04:57:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new edition of his RaspEX operating system for Raspberry Pi devices featuring the Kodi media centre and designed for the new Raspberry Pi 4.

If you're looking for a fast, working, and easy-to-install operating system to turn your tiny Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer into a versatile HTPC (Home Theatre PC), the latest RaspEX Kodi build is here to help with that, and it also supports previous Raspberry Pi models.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" and Raspbian operating system series, RaspEX Kodi focuses on the open-source and cross-platform Kodi media center for all the video and audio playback operations, and more. Kodi 18.3 "Leia" is being used in the current release of RaspEX Kodi.

What's new in RaspEX Kodi Build 190803

RaspEX Kodi Build 190803 comes with the lightweight LXDE desktop environment, which is needed for the tiny Raspberry Pi computers, making them faster and more responsi... (read more)

Linux Lite 4.6 Officially Released, It's Based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

Saturday 31st of August 2019 11:40:00 PM
Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced today the official release and general availability of the Linux Lite 4.6 operating system.

After several months of work, the final version of the Linux Lite 4.6 operating system is here, coming five months after the previous version, Linux Lite 4.4. The entire system is based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, but it doesn't ship with its newer HWE (Hardware Enablement) Linux 5.0 kernel by default.

Instead, Linux Lite 4.6 is still powered by the stock Linux 4.15 kernel of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, though users will be able to install a wide range of kernels from Linux 3.13 to Linux 5.2 from the official Linux Lite software repositories.

Here's what's new in Linux Lite 4.6

Hightlights of the Linux Lite 4.6 release include a new theme selector in Lite Welcome to more easily select between the Light and Dark themes, as ... (read more)

Run Chromium OS on Your Desktop or Laptop Computer with ChromX and Flatpak

Friday 30th of August 2019 06:24:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his custom build Chromium OS-based ChromX operating system for desktop and laptop computers with support for Flatpak apps.

Coming nine months after the previous version, ChromX Build 190824 is now available based on the latest Chromium OS build and featuring support for Flatpak applications. This means that you can now fully expend you ChromX installation with all the apps you want if they're available as Flatpaks.

Flatpak is a universal binary format sponsored by Red Hat, which lets application developers easily distribute and maintain their apps in a single, universal package for all Linux-based operating systems, and offers users an easier way to install apps on their GNU/Linux distributions without any dependencies.

Chromium OS is an open-source project aiming to create a secure, fast, simple and easy-to-use computer operating system for those who spend most of their time on the Internet. It is based on ... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" Enters Feature Freeze, Beta Available September 26th

Friday 30th of August 2019 03:08:00 PM
Canonical announced that the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine"  operating system has entered Feature Freeze development stage within a month ahead of the scheduled beta release.

Dubbed "Eoan Ermine," the Ubuntu 19.10 operating system series has been in development since end of April 2019, shortly after the release of the Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" operating system, which is currently the latest and most advanced version of Canonical's widely-used Ubuntu Linux OS on desktop, server, and cloud.

As of August 22nd, the Ubuntu 19.10 operating system series has entered the so-called "Feature Freeze" stage of development, which means that no new features will be implemented in the upcoming release before it hits the streets later this fall on October 17th.

"Ideally, you will all now be focusing on bug fixing and not on getting new features into the release," said Steve Langasek to Ubuntu developers in a read more)

Nvidia Releases New Linux Graphics Driver with Many Improvements and Bug Fixes

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:52:00 PM
Nvidia has released a new short-lived graphics driver for Linux, BSD, and Solaris operating system with many improvements, new features, and lots of bug fixes.

The Nvidia 435.21 proprietary graphics driver brings experimental, initial support for runtime D3 (RTD3) power management on Turing notebook GPUs, along with all the neccessary implementation to the nvidia-bug-report.sh script to collect required runtime D3 (RTD3) power management information and ACPI tables (if acpidump tool is available) for debugging.

Also new in the Nvidia 435.21 graphics driver is support for changing the Digital Vibrance function in the display controls section of nvidia-settings on Turing hardware, support for Vulkan and OpenGL/GLX graphics technologies for the PRIME Render Offload feature, and an updated nvidia-installer to make it compatible with precompiled kernel interfaces.

Bug fixes and improvements

Among the issues fixed by the Nvidia 435.21 graphics driver, ... (read more)

ExTiX 19.8 "The Ultimate Linux System" Ditches Ubuntu & Debian for Deepin Linux

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:20:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his ExTiX "The Ultimate Linux System" operating system with a fresh new base and updated components.

As its name suggests, ExTiX Deepin 19.8 is based on the Deepin Linux operating system, which in turn is built upon the Debian Unstable repositories. More specifically, ExTiX Deepin 19.8 is based on the latest Deepin 15.11 release, which adds numerous enhancements and new features, and it uses the 6th Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux 5.3 kernel series.

"I've released a new version of ExTiX Deepin today with Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.3.0-rc6-exton," said Arne Exton. "Deepin is devoted to providing a beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. Previous versions of ExTiX Deepin were based on Debian and Ubuntu. ExTiX 1... (read more)

Microsoft Loves Linux: exFAT Offered for Linux Kernel Inclusion

Thursday 29th of August 2019 09:57:00 AM
Microsoft says it loves Linux on pretty much every single occasion, and in order to show everyone this is true, the company regularly announces changes that are supposed to help it get closer to the open-source world.

Today, the Redmond-based software giant revealed that it’s supporting the addition of exFAT to the Linux kernel, approximately 13 years after the file system originally launched.

exFAT, or the Extended File Allocation Table, is mostly used for flash drives and SD cards, and because it’s a proprietary Microsoft file system, using it on Linux wasn’t possible without other software and tweaks to get everything to work.

Technical specification also available

But as part of Microsoft’s strategy of getting more involved in the Linux world, the exFAT file system is offered for Linux kernel inclusion, with the company also publishing the technical specificationread more)

HP Linux Imaging & Printing Drivers Now Support Linux Mint 19.2 and Debian 10

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 04:47:00 PM
The HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) initiative has released a new version of their drivers for HP printers and scanner to support them on Linux-based operating systems.

The HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.19.8 software is now available with support for several new HP printers and scanners, among which we can mention HP DesignJet T1530 Postscript, HP DesignJet T2530 Postscript, HP DesignJet T930 Postscript, HP DesignJet T1600 Postscript Printer, and HP DesignJet T1600dr Postscript Printer.

Additionally, the HP DesignJet T2600 Postscript MFP, HP LaserJet Pro MFP M329dn, HP LaserJet Pro MFP M329dw, HP LaserJet Pro M305d, HP LaserJet Pro M304a, HP LaserJet Pro M305dn, and HP LaserJet Pro M305dw printers are supported as well in the HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.19.8 release, which also adds support for new GNU/Linux distributions.

Debian GNU/Linux 10 and Linux Mint 19.2 are now supported

If you want to install the latest HP Linux Imaging and ... (read more)

GNOME Wants to Make Linux Firmware Updates Easier to Deploy with New Tool

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 03:56:00 PM
Long-time GNOME developer Richard Hughes talks in his latest blog post about a new tool that will be integrated in future versions of the GNOME desktop environment to make deployments of firmware updates easier for all users.

At the moment, the GNOME Software Center only displays devices when firmware updates are pending, but Richard Hughes and Andrew Schwenn, an intern from Dell, have been working lately on a new tool that would be integrated as a panel into GNOME Control Center, which promises to make it easier for users to install new firmware versions for their hardware.

Meet GNOME Firmware Updater, a new power user tool that would help you keep your hardware secure and up-to-date at all times by allowing you to more easily install new firmware updates that are available from the vendor. It comes as a GNOME Control Center panel and it's complimentary to the current fwupd functional... (read more)

BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Adds over 150 New Tools in Latest Release

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 03:25:00 PM
The development team behind the BlackArch Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system have released a new version that adds numerous new tools, updated components, and various improvements.

Powered by the Linux 5.2.9 kernel, the BlackArch 2019.09.01 ISO snapshot for September 2019 is now available featuring more than 150 new tools for ethical hacking and penetration testing tasks,  the Terminus font for all supported window managers, and an updated installer (blackarch-installer) to version 1.1.19.

New ~/.vim and ~/.vimrc configuration files for the Vim text editor have been added as well in BlackArch 2019.09.01, along with an updated look and feel consisting of a brand-new BlackArch theme that's available for all supported window managers, as well as for the bootloaders (GRUB and Syslinux).

Other changes and updated components

As with all new BlackArch Linux releases, almost all the pre-installed components and system packages... (read more)

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Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Affecting both the Linux 4.15 kernel used in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS (Xenial Xerus) systems, the new security patch fixed an improperly implemented Spectre mitigation in the ptrace susbsystem (CVE-2019-15902), which could allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information. It also addresses a buffer overread (CVE-2019-15918) discovered that the SMB networking file system implementation, which could allow an attacker to expose sensitive information (kernel memory), two flaws (CVE-2019-15117 and CVE-2019-15118) discovered in the USB audio driver that may allow a physically proximate attacker to crash the system, and a flaw (CVE-2019-14821) in the KVM hypervisor implementation that let a local attacker to crash the system. Read more

Leftovers: MX-19, Versalogic and Security

  • MX-19 “patito feo” released!

    We are pleased to offer MX-19 for your use. As usual, this iso includes the latest updates from debian 10.1 (buster), antiX and MX repos.

  • Compact Apollo Lake SBC aims sky high

    Versalogic’s Linux-ready, sandwich-style “Harrier” SBC has an Apollo Lake processor and a compact 95 x 55mm footprint, ECC RAM support, and ruggedization features designed for high altitude UAVs. Versalogic announced a Harrier SBC due in Q1 2020 that revises the compact, COM-and-carrier design of its three-year-old, Intel Bay Trail based Osprey, but advances to the newer Intel Apollo Lake. The Osprey is similarly bereft of real-world ports to enable easier real-world deployments in constrained environments.

  • Security updates for Tuesday

    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (jss and kernel), Debian (libpcap, openjdk-8, and tcpdump), Fedora (java-11-openjdk), openSUSE (libreoffice), Oracle (java-1.7.0-openjdk), Red Hat (java-1.7.0-openjdk, python, and wget), Scientific Linux (java-1.7.0-openjdk), SUSE (ceph, ceph-iscsi, ses-manual_en, dhcp, openconnect, and procps), and Ubuntu (exiv2, linux, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux-hwe, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-gke-5.0, linux-snapdragon, and uw-imap).

  • Password lessons: Longer is better, so is salt

    Infosec pros who had no idea of how easily a stolen list of hashed passwords could be cracked got a sobering lesson at this month’s SecTor security conference in Toronto. There, Will Hunt, co-founder of the U.K. based In.security consulting firm, casually talked of systems that can be built around a common (about $1,500) Nvidea GTX 2080 graphics card that could make 100 billion guesses a second in a brute force attack.

Unix Celebrates 50 Years

Today and tomorrow Nokia Bell Labs is hosting a two-day event celebrating 50 years of the Unix operating system, reflecting on Unix’s past and exploring the future of computing. Speakers and panelists include many of the original team that built Unix and designed the C programming language. Read more

Red Hat Leftovers

  • How we brought JavaScript to life for Command Line Heroes

    Animators within Red Hat?s Open Studio help bring Command Line Heroes? artwork more to life. All throughout Season 3, they?ve added movement to our episode pages and created eye-catching trailers for social and Red Hat?s YouTube channel. This post highlights their important contributions to the Command Line Heroes? creative process by looking at their work for Episode 3 of Season 4: Creating JavaScript. Also, designer Karen Crowson talks about the easter eggs in that episode?s artwork.

  • Red Hat Ceph Storage RGW deployment strategies and sizing guidance

    Starting in Red Hat Ceph Storage 3.0, Red Hat added support for Containerized Storage Daemons (CSD) which allows the software-defined storage components (Ceph MON, OSD, MGR, RGW, etc) to run within containers. CSD avoids the need to have dedicated nodes for storage services thus reducing both CAPEX and OPEX by co-located storage containerized daemons. Ceph-Ansible provides the required mechanism to put resource fencing to each storage container which is useful for running multiple storage daemon containers on one physical node. In this blog post, we will cover strategies to deploy RGW containers and their resource sizing guidance. Before we dive into the performance, let's understand what are the different ways to deploy RGW.

  • OpenShift 4.2: New YAML Editor

    Through our built-in YAML editor, users can create and edit resources right in the Red Hat OpenShift Web Console UI. In the latest release, we’ve upgraded our editor to include language server support. What is language server support? The language server support feature uses the OpenAPI schema from Kubernetes to provide content assist inside the YAML editor based on the type of resource you are editing. More specifically, the language server support offers the following capabilities: Improved YAML validation: The new editor provides feedback in context, directing you to the exact line and position that requires attention. Document outlining: Document outlines offer a quick way to navigate your code. Auto completion: While in the editor, language server support will provide you with valid configuration information as you type, allowing you to edit faster. Hover support: Hovering over a property will show a description of the associated schema. Advanced formatting: Format your YAML.