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How Linux Australia Handled Its Recent Data Breach

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GNU
Linux
Security

In an email, Linux Australia revealed that its servers where compromised during the morning of 22 March. Over the course of a few hours, the organisation believes its databases containing conference information were dumped to an external source. A “currently unknown vulnerability” caused a buffer overflow that allowed the hacker to acquire root access.

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Linux Australia server hacked, personal information may have been stolen

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Linux
Security

A public server belonging to Linux Australia, the umbrella group for Linux user groups in the country, were breached on March 22, and the personal information of members may have been stolen.

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Lots of GnuPG Vulnerabilities Have Been Closed in All Ubuntu OSes

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Security
Ubuntu

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a number of GnuPG vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

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Threat Modeling Tool Created by Mozilla Winter of Security Team

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Moz/FF
Security

A web-based threat modeling tool was developed by undergraduate students at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada, as part of Mozilla’s Winter of Security project in 2014.

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Canonical Refuses to Fix a 5-Year-Old Bug in Ubuntu, Related to Notification System

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Security
Ubuntu

Recent reports show us that a known Ubuntu bug, which was submitted to Canonical’s Launchpad bug-tracking website about half a decade ago, still exists in the current version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system and Canonical refuses to fix it for unknown reasons.

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Tor Browser 4.0.6 Is Now Available for Download, Based on Firefox 31.6.0 ESR

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Moz/FF
Security

The Tor Project, through Mike Perry, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the sixth maintenance release of the Tor Browser Bundle 4.0 software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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Antivirus Live CD 12.0 Has Been Released, Promises to Protect Computers Against Viruses

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OSS
Security

Zbigniew Konojacki, the creator of the 4MLinux series of distributions, has announced recently the immediate availability for download of Antivirus Live CD 12.0, an open source distribution that provides users with a live Linux computing environment built around the popular ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus) virus scanner.

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Privacy and Tails 1.3

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Reviews
Security
Debian

Privacy and security are difficult to come by in our progressively connected world. Advertisers track our browsing habits, employers monitor productivity and government agencies monitor our communications. Most operating systems do not take steps to protect our privacy or our identities, two things which are increasingly difficult to guard. Tails is a Linux distribution that is designed to help us stay anonymous on-line and protect our identity. Tails is a Debian-based live disc that we can use to scrub our files of meta data, browse the web with some degree of anonymity and send private messages. According to the project's website, "Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to: use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network; leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly; use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging."

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Install UFW Firewall In Linux And Secure Computer From Harmful Incoming/Outgoing Connections

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Linux
Security
HowTos


Install UFW firewall in Linux incoming/outgoing connections

UFW stands for Uncomplicated Firewall is a firewall to secure Linux desktop from harmful incoming and outgoing connections. UFW is the easiest firewall in Linux, it has a graphical user interface GUFW with all the features of setting up rules. In this tutorial we will install UFW & GUFW in our Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Debian operating system.

4 reasons why people should stop associating open source with a lack of security

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OSS
Security

Today, the open source model is much better understood, and organisations are considering it as vital to the future of digital business and government services. A recent survey found that more than 50% of respondents are moving into the open source space.

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