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Security advisories for Monday

Monday 4th of August 2014 03:59:24 PM

Debian has updated lzo2 (code execution).

Fedora has updated exim (F19; F20: code execution).

Gentoo has updated ZendFramework (SQL injection).

Mageia has updated gcc (code execution).

Slackware has updated dhcpcd (denial of service) and samba (remote code execution/privilege escalation).

SUSE has updated firefox (multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated samba (14.04 LTS: remote code execution/privilege escalation).

Mozilla leaks developers email, password hashes

Monday 4th of August 2014 12:18:53 PM
Mozilla has just disclosed a problem with its Mozilla Developer Network database sanitization system. "The issue came to light ten days ago when one of our web developers discovered that, starting on about June 23, for a period of 30 days, a data sanitization process of the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) site database had been failing, resulting in the accidental disclosure of MDN email addresses of about 76,000 users and encrypted passwords of about 4,000 users on a publicly accessible server."

The 3.16 kernel has been released

Monday 4th of August 2014 01:54:03 AM
Linus has released the 3.16 kernel, right on schedule. This release includes the unified control group hierarchy work, many improvements to the multiqueue block layer, and, as always, lots of new drivers and internal improvements.

XBMC Is Getting a New Name – Introducing Kodi 14

Friday 1st of August 2014 08:24:08 PM
The XBMC media center will be renamed Kodi. "Six years have passed since the Xbox Media Center became XBMC, and simply put, “XBMC” fits less now than it did even in 2008. The software only barely runs on the original Xbox, and then only because some clever developers are still hacking on that platform. It has never run on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One." Trademarks were another reason for name change. The project was unable to trademark XBMC, leading to issues with hacked and broken implementations of the software being sold as "XBMC". Kodi is now a registered trademark of the XBMC Foundation.

Samba 4.1.11 and 4.0.21 Security Releases Available

Friday 1st of August 2014 05:03:04 PM
The Samba Team has put out an important-looking set of releases. "All current versions of Samba 4.x.x are vulnerable to a remote code execution vulnerability in the nmbd NetBIOS name services daemon. A malicious browser can send packets that may overwrite the heap of the target nmbd NetBIOS name services daemon. It may be possible to use this to generate a remote code execution vulnerability as the superuser (root)."

Security advisories for Friday

Friday 1st of August 2014 04:25:52 PM

CentOS has updated kernel (C6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated bugzilla (F20: cross-site request forgery), kernel (F20: multiple vulnerabilities), openstack-neutron (F20: denial of service), and sdcc (F20; F19: remote denial of service).

openSUSE has updated kernel (12.3: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated lzo (SLES11&10: denial of service/possible code execution).

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