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GeoClue 2.3.0 available

Friday 18th of September 2015 09:44:22 PM

Version 2.3.0 of the GeoClue geolocation service has been released. The most notable change in this update is support for sharing and accessing GPS devices over a network connection. A proof-of-concept implementation of this feature is available in the Geoclue Share app for Android, which lets users relay GPS data from their device to a GNOME desktop system. Other new features include support for digital compasses and updated documentation.

Friday's security updates

Friday 18th of September 2015 02:52:03 PM

Fedora has updated ipython (F22; F21: cross-site scripting).

Mageia has updated icedtea-web (M5: multiple vulnerabilities) and wordpress (M4: multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated sblim-sfcb (13.1, 13.2: denial of service).

Rust 1.3 is available

Thursday 17th of September 2015 10:10:29 PM

Version 1.3 of the Rust language has been released. The announcement listed API stabilization and increased performance work as the most notable changes. Specifically, there is a new substring-matching algorithm, a faster zero-filling method for initializing and resizing vectors, and speed-ups to the Read::read_to_end function. The release notes provide more detail. Also new in this release is the first edition of a new Rust programming guide, the Rustinomicon.

Thursday's security updates

Thursday 17th of September 2015 03:09:13 PM

Fedora has updated vorbis-tools (F22: denial of service).

Mageia has updated ganglia-web (M4, M5: authentication bypass).

openSUSE has updated spice (13.2: code execution).

Oracle has updated kernel (O7; O6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated rubygem-openshift-origin-console (RHOSE2.2: code execution).

Ubuntu has updated icu (12.04, 14.04, 15.04: multiple vulnerabilities), openldap (12.04, 14.04, 15.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and unity-settings-daemon (14.04, 15.04: lock-screen bypass).

Harrington: Wayland: Atomics Ahead!

Thursday 17th of September 2015 01:49:20 PM
Bryce Harrington writes about the current and future state of Wayland. "A lot of people are anticipating Wayland on their desktops. For now, we remain in a holding pattern while the DE developers roll out their Wayland support, but some of these efforts are reasonably mature enough now. The question starts to become whether there is an adequate ecosystem of Wayland enabled client applications. For things that can’t simply be moved to Wayland, the question is if Xwayland will be up to snuff. Exploring this space will take some pioneering spirits."

[$] Weekly Edition for September 17, 2015

Thursday 17th of September 2015 01:03:51 AM
The Weekly Edition for September 17, 2015 is available.

[$] How Debian managed the systemd transition

Wednesday 16th of September 2015 07:59:42 PM

Debian's decision to move to systemd as the default init system was a famously contentious (and rather public) debate. Once all the chaos regarding the decision itself had died down, however, it was left to project members to implement the change. At DebConf 2015 in Heidelberg, Martin Pitt and Michael Biebl gave a down-to-earth talk about how that implementation work had gone and what was still ahead.

Library’s Tor relay now restored (Ars Technica)

Wednesday 16th of September 2015 07:09:27 PM
Last week we reported that the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire suspended its Tor node deployment due to criticism by the local police department. Ars Technica now reports that the Tor relay has been restored. "As Ars reported earlier, the goal of the Library Freedom Project is to set up Tor exit relays in as many of these ubiquitous public institutions as possible. As of now, only about 1,000 exit relays exist worldwide. If this plan is successful, it could vastly increase the scope and speed of the famed anonymizing network. For now, Kilton has a middle relay but has plans to convert it to an exit relay. A middle relay passes traffic to another relay before departing the Tor network on the exit relay."

[$] Python and crypto-strength random numbers by default

Wednesday 16th of September 2015 05:26:07 PM
There are various types of random number generators (RNGs) that target different use cases, but a programming language can only have one default. For high-security random numbers (e.g. cryptographic keys and the like), it is a grievous error to use the wrong kind of RNG, while other use cases are typically more forgiving. The Python community is in the middle of a debate about how it should be handling random numbers within the language's standard library.

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Security advisories for Wednesday

Wednesday 16th of September 2015 04:41:35 PM

CentOS has updated kernel (C7: multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian has updated icu (denial of service).

Fedora has updated moodle (F22; F21: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated kernel (OL7: multiple vulnerabilities) and qemu-kvm (OL7: information leak).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel-rt (RHEL7; RHEMRG: multiple vulnerabilities), and qemu-kvm (RHEL7: information leak).

Scientific Linux has updated kernel (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities) and qemu-kvm (SL7: information leak).

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