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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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A new open-source browser that blocks ads and tracking code and so promises to "fix the Web" by offering a faster, privacy-respecting experience has been released.

The Brave browser is the brainchild of former Mozilla (Firefox) CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich, and version 0.7 is now available to developers on GitHub.

Brave is built on top of open-source browser Chromium – which Google uses as the foundation for its Chrome browser – and claims to be between 1.5 and 4 times faster than competitors by stripping out not just ads, but also all the tracking code that lives in abundance on most ad-supported websites.

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Don't Panic About Recent Zero-Day Linux Kernel Vulnerability, It's Not That Bad

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Linux
Security

The kernel vulnerability that was revealed only yesterday got some users panicked, but the truth is that’s not really the case.

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MAC address scrambling coming to Linux

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Linux
Security

And it looks like the IEEE-recommended randomization of MAC addresses is going to come to the Fedora distribution of Linux.

Fedora contributor and NetworkManager developer Lubomir Rintel writes on his blog that the problem is that our laptops and mobile phones’ MAC addresses are, in most cases, broadcasting wherever we go, before we even attempt a connection to a wireless network.

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Also: NetworkManager 1.1.90 Brings WiFi Powersave, Random MAC Addresses & More

NetworkManager 1.2 Enters Beta, Promises Tracking Protection in Wi-Fi Networks

The state of container security

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Server
Interviews
Security

This is a gross over-simplification, but multiple containers on a host is just the next logical step from multiple virtual machines on a host. Because those containers are tightly controlled by the kernel namespaced, Security Enhanced Linux, Linux kernel capabilities, and the like, you can be assured that the risk is minimal.

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New Trojan Spies on Linux Users by Taking Screenshots and Recording Audio

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Linux
Security

Dr.Web, a Russian antivirus maker, has detected a new threat against Linux users, the Linux.Ekocms.1 trojan, which includes special features that allow it to take screengrabs and record audio.

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Security Leftovers (Linux.Ekocms, Linux zero-day)

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GParted 0.25.0 Lands with Progress Bars for EXT4 and NTFS Operations, Bugfixes

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GNU
Linux
Security

The GParted development team was happy to announce today, January 18, the release and immediate availability for download of the GParted 0.25.0 open-source partition editor software for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Security Leftovers

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  • OpenSSH, security, and everyone else

    For the moment we will continue to operate just like we have been. Things aren't great, but they're not terrible. Part of our problem is things aren't broken enough yet, we're managing to squeak by in most situations.

    The next step will be developing some sort of tribal knowledge model. It will develop in a mostly organic way. Long term security will be a teachable and repeatable thing, but we can't just jump to that point, we have to grow into it.

  • What Is A Web App Attack, How Does It Work — 5 Stages Of A Web App Attack

    A Web App Attack is one of the biggest threats faced by websites and online businesses. In this article, we are going to tell you about 5 stages of a Web App Attack — Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access, and Covering Tracks — and how this attack works.

  • Google Fixes Cryptographic Key Security Issue in Go Programming Language

    Google has published version 1.5.3 of the Go programming language to address a security issue (CVE-2015-8618) in the math/big package that leaked one of the RSA keys used in TLS-encrypted communications.

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