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[$] Security in an error-prone world

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015 05:05:21 PM
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air was a beautiful car, administrator Konstantin Ryabitsev said at the beginning of his Korea Linux Forum talk. It had roomy seats, lots of features, and a smooth ride; it was all about power and comfort. But if you got into an accident with this car, it would kill you; it was not designed around the idea that things might go wrong. Our computer systems in 2015 mirror the Bel Air of 1957; they are not designed around humans and the mistakes they make. Konstantin had a simple message for the audience: take a cue from the automotive industry and design and build systems that do not fail catastrophically when errors are made.

Fedora 23 released

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015 03:05:31 PM
The Fedora 23 release is now available. "We're pleased to bring you the latest incarnations of the three main Fedora editions — Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server, each built with love by the Fedora community to custom-fit your needs in different areas. Fedora 23 is also available in alternate desktop Spins, curated software Labs, and special images for the ARM processor architecture." See the release notes for details; LWN looked forward to this release in August.

GNU Hurd 0.7, GNU Mach 1.6, GNU MIG 1.6 released

Monday 2nd of November 2015 09:32:43 PM
The GNU project has released GNU Hurd 0.7, GNU Mach 1.6, and GNU MIG 1.6. The Mach 3.0 Interface Generator (MIG) translates Remote Procedure Call (RPC) definition files to C code, and is required to compile any packages that are receiving or invoking RPCs, such as GNU Mach, GNU Hurd, and the GNU C Library (glibc) when compiled for the Hurd. GNU Mach is a microkernel, upon which a GNU Hurd system is based. The GNU Hurd is the GNU project's replacement for the Unix kernel. These releases contain improvements and bug fixes.

Security advisories for Monday

Monday 2nd of November 2015 06:09:47 PM

Arch Linux has updated mysql (multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian has updated mariadb-10.0 (multiple vulnerabilities), ntp (multiple vulnerabilities), openafs (plaintext leak), openjdk-7 (problem with previous update), and unzip (two vulnerabilities).

Debian-LTS has updated busybox (denial of service) and xscreensaver (denial of service).

Fedora has updated community-mysql (F22; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (F21: multiple vulnerabilities), libvdpau (F21: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-spice-gtk (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-spice-protocol (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), mod_nss (F22: incorrect multi-keyword mode cipherstring parsing), pacemaker (F21: privilege escalation), php-udan11-sql-parser (F22: content spoofing), phpMyAdmin (F22: content spoofing), spice (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), spice-gtk (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), spice-protocol (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), and springframework (F22; F21: Reflected File Download (RFD) attack).

Gentoo has updated cups (two vulnerabilities), cups-filters (code execution), django (multiple vulnerabilities), mediawiki (multiple vulnerabilities), qemu (multiple vulnerabilities), tcpdump (multiple vulnerabilities), and wireshark (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated libpng12 (information leak), miniupnpc (code execution), ntp (multiple vulnerabilities), and phpmyadmin (content spoofing).

openSUSE has updated chromium (SPH for SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities), chromium (SPH for SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities), chromium (SPH for SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities), chromium (SPH for SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities), chromium (SPH for SLE12: information disclosure), chromium (SPH for SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities), znc (SPH for SLE12: denial of service from 2012), and VirtualBox (13.2: two vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated java-1_7_0-openjdk (SLE12; SLE11SP4,3: multiple vulnerabilities) and xen (SLE11SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).

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