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Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 June 2008

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Welcome to the June issue of the Gentoo monthly newsletter!

2. Gentoo News

Trustees Meeting Summary

The Gentoo Trustees held a meeting on June 22, 2008. The trustees are currently working on proposed Foundation bylaws.

* The bylaws draft
Council Meeting Summary

The Gentoo Council held its monthly meeting on June 12, 2008. The items put up for discussion were:

* PMS: Versions can have > 8 digits. If you want a maximum limit, discuss it with relevant people and propose one.
* Appeals: Will be handled using dberkholz's proposal
* LDFLAGS="--as-needed" by default: antarus will present a deployment plan to -dev for how this would proceed.
* GLEP 54: There was a new proposal 12 hours before the meeting. Wait for discussion. Council members should post anything they have to add by the end of the weekend.
* GLEP 55: Discussion is clearly active. Council members should post anything they have to add by the end of the weekend.
* GLEP 56: Technically good, still some room for improvement. Council members should post anything they have to add by the end of the weekend.
* PMS status: This is a discussion that belongs on the mailing list. Council members should post anything they have to add by the end of the weekend.

3. Gentoo International

Germany: LinuxTag 2008

With more than 11,000 visitors, LinuxTag in Berlin is by far the most important Linux and Open Source Software show in Europe. As in earlier years, Gentoo was again present at the expo after we missed the last two LinuxTag expos taking place in Wiesbaden 2006 and Berlin 2007. This year about 10 developers and other Gentoo enthusiasts (including users from the German support channel, #gentoo-anfaenger) helped man the booth. Even some phpBB developers showed up.

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Security Leftovers

  • Friday's security updates
  • Researchers poke hole in custom crypto built for Amazon Web Services
    Underscoring just how hard it is to design secure cryptographic software, academic researchers recently uncovered a potentially serious weakness in an early version of the code library protecting Amazon Web Services. Ironically, s2n, as Amazon's transport layer security implementation is called, was intended to be a simpler, more secure way to encrypt and authenticate Web sessions. Where the OpenSSL library requires more than 70,000 lines of code to execute the highly complex TLS standard, s2n—short for signal to noise—has just 6,000 lines. Amazon hailed the brevity as a key security feature when unveiling s2n in June. What's more, Amazon said the new code had already passed three external security evaluations and penetration tests.
  • Social engineering: hacker tricks that make recipients click
    Social engineering is one of the most powerful tools in the hacker's arsenal and it generally plays a part in most of the major security breaches we hear about today. However, there is a common misconception around the role social engineering plays in attacks.
  • Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to $8 Million Settlement Over Sony Hack
    Sony agreed to reimburse employees up to $10,000 apiece for identity-theft losses
  • Cyber Monday: it's the most wonderful time of year for cyber-attackers
    Malicious attacks on shoppers increased 40% on Cyber Monday in 2013 and 2014, according to, an anti-malware and spyware company, compared to the average number of attacks on days during the month prior. Other cybersecurity software providers have identified the December holiday shopping season as the most dangerous time of year to make online purchases. “The attackers know that there are more people online, so there will be more attacks,” said Christopher Budd, Trend Micro’s global threat communications manager. “Cyber Monday is not a one-day thing, it’s the beginning of a sustained focus on attacks that go after people in the holiday shopping season.”

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