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Security: USB. WPA2, Updates, Magento

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Microsoft and Intel Back Doors

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10 Most Secure Linux Distros For Complete Privacy & Anonymity | 2017 Edition

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One of the most compelling reasons to use Linux is its ability to deliver a secure computing experience. There are some specialized secure Linux distros for security that add extra layers and make sure that you complete your work anonymously and privately. Some of the popular secure Linux distros for 2017 are Tails, Whoix, Kodachi, etc.

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Ethical Hacking OS Parrot Security 3.9 Officially Out, Parrot 4.0 In the Works

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Just a minor improvement to the Parrot Security 3.x series of the Linux-based operating system used by security researchers for various pentesting and ethical hacking tasks, Parrot Security OS 3.9 is here with all the latest security patches and bug fixes released upstream in the Debian GNU/Linux repositories.

But it also looks like it ships with some important new features that promise to make the ethical hacking computer operating system more secure and reliable. One of these is a new sandbox system based on the Firejail SUID program and designed to add an extra layer of protection to many apps, protecting users from 0day attacks.

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Latest IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall Update Patches OpenSSL, Wget Vulnerabilities

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Coming only a few days after the Core Update 115 release, which introduced a new IPFire Captive Portal allowing for easy access control of wireless and wired networks, along with updated OpenVPN configuration options, the IPFire 2.19 Core Update 116 release patches important security vulnerabilities.

For starters, the update bumps the OpenSSL version to 1.0.2m, a release that addresses two security flaws affecting modern AMD Ryzen and Intel Broadwell processors, as well as certificate data. More details about the two vulnerabilities are available at CVE-2017-3736 and CVE-2017-3735.

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Security: Marcher, WPA2, Updates, Reproducible Builds and More

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Kernel: USB Vulnerabilities in Linux, Linux Foundation Adds B9lab

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  • Linux kernel: multiple vulnerabilities in the USB subsystem
  • More Than One Dozen USB Vulnerabilities Published For The Linux Kernel

    Made public on Monday were details on 14 known security vulnerabilities within the Linux kernel's USB subsystem while there is also known to be more similar bugs that are yet to be resolved.

    The good news about these USB vulnerabilities is that they would require any rogue individual to first have created a specially-crafted USB device and to have physical address to the vulnerable Linux system.

  • B9lab Joins Hyperledger Project and Linux Foundation

    B9lab is pleased to announce it has joined the Hyperledger Project and the Linux Foundation. This follows the recent launch of their in-depth Hyperledger Fabric course for software engineers. Over the past two years B9lab has been committed to providing high quality education and certification to the wider blockchain industry for both developers and stakeholders.

Security: MINIX, DDOS, Bugs and Malware

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KDE Plasma 5.11.3 Desktop Environment Released with 40 Bugfixes and Improvements

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The KDE Plasma 5.11.3 software update comes two weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.11.2 release, and it appears to include a total of 40 changes, improving Plasma Desktop, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Discover, Plasma Addons, Plasma Networkmanager, KScreen, KWin, Milou, plasma-integration, kactivitymanagerd, and System Settings.

"Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.11.3. Plasma 5.11 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important," said KDE in today's announcement.

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CAINE 9.0 Linux Helps Investigators With Computer Security Forensics

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While there are many security-focused Linux distributions on the market, one distribution distinguishes itself by targeting forensic investigators. Instead of penetration testing tools, CAINE - which is an acronym for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment and was investigated to version 9.0 on Oct. 25 - is loaded with applications and tools to help investigators find the clues and data points that are required for computer security forensics.

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Critical Live Boot Bug Fixed and Ubuntu 18.04 is Finally Released

A critical bug in live boot session delayed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release for several hours. The bug has been fixed and the ISO are available to download. Read more

Nintendo Switch hack + Dolphin Emulator could bring GameCube and Wii game support

This week security researchers released details about a vulnerability affecting NVIDIA Tegra X1 processors that makes it possible to bypass secure boot and run unverified code on some devices… including every Nintendo Switch game console that’s shipped to date. Among other things, this opens the door for running modified versions of Nintendo’s firmware, or alternate operating systems such as a GNU/Linux distribution. And if you can run Linux… you can also run Linux applications. Now it looks like one of those applications could be the Dolphin emulator, which lets you play Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on a computer or other supported devices. Read more

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Linux Foundation: New Members, Cloud Foundry, and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit

  • 41 Organizations Join The Linux Foundation to Support Open Source Communities With Infrastructure and Resources
    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 28 Silver members and 13 Associate members. Linux Foundation members help support development of the shared technology resources, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation. Linux Foundation member contributions help provide the infrastructure and resources that enable the world's largest open collaboration communities.
  • Cloud Foundry for Developers: Architecture
    Back in the olden days, provisioning and managing IT stacks was complex, time-consuming, and error-prone. Getting the resources to do your job could take weeks or months. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) was the first major step in automating IT stacks, and introduced the self-service provisioning and configuration model. VMware and Amazon were among the largest early developers and service providers. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) adds the layer to IaaS that provides application development and management. Cloud Foundry is for building Platform as a Service (PaaS) projects, which bundle servers, networks, storage, operating systems, middleware, databases, and development tools into scalable, centrally-managed hardware and software stacks. That is a lot of work to do manually, so it takes a lot of software to automate it.
  • Jonathan Corbet on Linux Kernel Contributions, Community, and Core Needs
    At the recent Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit, I sat down with Jonathan Corbet, the founder and editor-in-chief of LWN to discuss a wide range of topics, including the annual Linux kernel report. The annual Linux Kernel Development Report, released by The Linux Foundation is the evolution of work Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman had been doing independently for years. The goal of the report is to document various facets of kernel development, such as who is doing the work, what is the pace of the work, and which companies are supporting the work.