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Red Hat fesses up to Fedora FOSS security fiasco

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A week or so ago, end users of the Linux-based Red Hat Fedora OS were warned to avoid downloading packages due to an "issue in the infrastructure systems" which waved big red flags suggesting a security breach to many industry observers. Now Fedora has admitted Red Hat OpenSSH packages were compromised by two separate server intrusions...

It all started with a highly cryptic Fedora-Announce mailing list posting which stated that "The Fedora Infrastructure team is currently investigating an issue in the infrastructure systems. That process may result in service outages, for which we apologize in advance."

Fair enough, that kind of thing happens, apology accepted. What was less acceptable was the bit which went on to say that "We’re still assessing the end-user impact of the situation, but as a precaution, we recommend you not download or update any additional packages on your Fedora systems."

Now, most sane-brained people would read that and think 'avoid downloading packages on Fedora systems' + 'issue in the infrastructure systems' = SECURITY BREACH!

Indeed, that is precisely what most sane-brained people, as well as many journalists, did think. The online news feeds were full of pet theories as to what had happened to cause the widespread Fedora service outages.

The blogosphere likewise. Everyone was hinting at a security breach. Everyone, that is, apart from Fedora.

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