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[$] Mailman 3.0 to modernize mailing lists

Friday 27th of March 2015 11:02:28 PM

More than a decade after its last major rewrite, the GNU Mailman mailing list manager project aims to release its 3.0 suite in April, during the sprints following PyCon North America. Mailman 3 is a major rewrite that includes a new user membership system, a REST API, an archiver replacement for Pipermail, and a better web interface for subscriptions and settings — but it carries with it a few new dependencies as well. Brave system administrators can try out the fifth beta version now.

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Two fresh stable kernels

Friday 27th of March 2015 07:15:10 PM

Hot on the heels of yesterday's 3.19.3 release, Greg Kroah-Hartman has released kernels 3.14.37 and 3.10.73. Each contains a bevy of updates and fixes.

Friday's security updates

Friday 27th of March 2015 04:13:06 PM

CentOS has updated setroubleshoot (C6; C7: privilege escalation).

Debian has updated batik (information leak).

Fedora has updated dokuwiki (F20; F21; F22: access control bypass), drupal7 (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), drupal7-views (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), ettercap (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-xerces-c (F22: denial of service), nx-libs (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), php (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), and xerces-c (F22: denial of service).

Mandriva has updated cabextract (BS1,2: multiple vulnerabilities), cpio (BS1: multiple vulnerabilities; BS2: directory traversal), e2fsprogs (BS1; BS2: multiple vulnerabilities), and openssl (BS1; BS2: multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated libXfont (13.1, 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), libzip (13.1, 13.2: denial of service), and tcpdump (13.1, 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated ipa and slapi-nis (O7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (O7: multiple vulnerabilities), and setroubleshoot (O5; O6; O7: privilege escalation).

Red Hat has updated ipa, slapi-nis (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel-rt (RHEL7: multiple vulnerabilities), and setroubleshoot (RHEL5,6,7: privilege escalation).

Scientific Linux has updated ipa and slapi-nis (SL7:), kernel (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), and setroubleshoot (SL5,6,7: privilege escalation).

SUSE has updated Xen (SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities).

A new stable kernel release

Thursday 26th of March 2015 08:40:51 PM

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 3.19.3 kernel. A variety of important fixes and updates are included.

Thursday's security updates

Thursday 26th of March 2015 02:03:50 PM

CentOS has updated firefox (C6; C7: multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated firefox (13.1,13.2: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated firefox (O5: multiple vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated 389-ds-base (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), firefox (multiple vulnerabilities), freetype (SL6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), glibc (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), GNOME Shell (SL7: lock screen bypass), hivex (SL7: privilege escalation), httpd (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), ipa (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), krb5 (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), libreoffice (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), libvirt (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), openssh (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), openssl (SL6; SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), pcre (SL7: information leak), qemu-kvm (SL7: multiple vulnerabilities), unzip (SL6,7: multiple vulnerabilities), and virt-who (SL7: information leak).

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 26, 2015

Thursday 26th of March 2015 12:59:55 AM
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[$] Development activity in LibreOffice and OpenOffice

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 04:55:57 PM
The LibreOffice project was announced with great fanfare in September 2010. Nearly one year later, the OpenOffice.org project (from which LibreOffice was forked) was cut loose from Oracle and found a new home as an Apache project. It is fair to say that the rivalry between the two projects in the time since then has been strong. Predictions that one project or the other would fail have not been borne out, but that does not mean that the two projects are equally successful. A look at the two projects' development communities reveals some interesting differences.

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Security advisories for Wednesday

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 03:46:24 PM

Debian has updated openssl (regression in previous update) and python-django (cross-site scripting).

Debian-LTS has updated gnutls26 (multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated less (13.2, 13.1: information leak) and tor (13.2, 13.1: denial of service).

Oracle has updated firefox (OL7; OL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated firefox (SLE11 SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated batik (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: information leak) and libarchive (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: directory traversal).

GNOME 3.16 released

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 03:40:18 PM
The GNOME 3.16 release is out. "This is another exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features and improvements, including redesigned notifications, a new shell theme, new scrollbars, and a refresh for the file manager. 3.16 also includes improvements to the Image Viewer, Music, Photos and Videos. We are also including three new preview apps for the first time: Books, Calendar and Characters." See the release notes for more information.

LibreOffice Online announced

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 02:36:44 PM
The LibreOffice project has announced the accelerated development of a new online offering. "Development of LibreOffice Online started back in 2011, with the availability of a proof of concept of the client front end, based on HTML5 technology. That proof of concept will be developed into a state of the art cloud application, which will become the free alternative to proprietary solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365, and the first to natively support the Open Document Format (ODF) standard." The current effort is supported by IceWarp and Collabora; see this FAQ and Michael Meeks's posting for more information. For those wanting to download it, though, note the "the availability of LibreOffice Online will be communicated at a later stage."

A Turing award for Michael Stonebraker

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 02:30:13 PM
The ACM has announced that the 2014 A. M. Turing award has gone to Michael Stonebraker. Among many other things, he was the original creator of the database management system now known as PostgreSQL.

FSFE: Worldwide more than 50 events about Open Standards

Wednesday 25th of March 2015 01:27:34 AM
The Free Software Foundation Europe has a reminder that Document Freedom Day is happening from March 24 12:00 UTC until March 26 12:00 UTC. "Document Freedom Day is the global campaign for document liberation by local groups throughout the world. So far more than 50 groups registered their events in over 25 countries ranging from Asia, Europa, Africa, to South and North America."

Two microconferences accepted for the Linux Plumbers Conference

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 10:17:45 PM
The 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) has announced that two microconferences have been accepted for the event, which will be held August 19-21 in Seattle. The Checkpoint/Restart and Energy-aware scheduling and CPU power management microconferences will be held at LPC. Registration for the conference will open on March 27 and it will be co-located with LinuxCon North America, which will be held August 17-19.

Meet Cyanogen, The Startup That Wants To Steal Android From Google (Forbes)

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 09:39:04 PM
Forbes takes a look at Cyanogen, and its prospects in the phone market. "Cyanogen has a chance to snag as many as 1 billion handsets, more than the total number of iPhones sold to date, according to some analysts. Fifty million people already run Cyanogen on their phones, the company says. Most went through the hours-long process of erasing an Android phone and rebooting it with Cyanogen. [Kirt] McMaster is now persuading a growing list of phone manufacturers to make devices with Cyanogen built in, rather than Google’s Android. Their phones are selling out in record time. Analysts say each phone could bring Cyanogen a minimum of $10 in revenue and perhaps much more."

Van de Ven: Deprecating old crypto

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 08:46:05 PM
Worth a read: this post from Arjan van de Ven on the difficulty of removing old, insecure cryptographic algorithms from a Linux distribution. "But more, and this is a call to action: If you're working on an open source project that uses crypto, please please don't opencode crypto algorithm usage. The algorithm may be outdated at any time and might have to go away in a hurry."

Security updates for Tuesday

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 04:53:58 PM

CentOS has updated openssl (C6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated firefox (multiple vulnerabilities), libxfont (privilege escalation), and tcpdump (multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated kdebase4-runtime, kdelibs4, konversation, kwebkitpart, libqt4 (13.1: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated openssl (OL7; OL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated firefox (RHEL5,6,7: multiple vulnerabilities) and openssl (RHEL7; RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated compat-openssl097g (SLE11 SP2: multiple vulnerabilities) and kernel (SLE11 SP3: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated gnutls26, gnutls28 (multiple vulnerabilities), kernel (14.10; 14.04; 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-utopic (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-ti-omap4 (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), mono (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and python-django (two vulnerabilities).

Google: Maintaining digital certificate security

Tuesday 24th of March 2015 12:00:49 AM
It seems it was about time for another certificate authority horror story; the Google Online Security Blog duly delivers. "CNNIC responded on the 22nd to explain that they had contracted with MCS Holdings on the basis that MCS would only issue certificates for domains that they had registered. However, rather than keep the private key in a suitable HSM, MCS installed it in a man-in-the-middle proxy. These devices intercept secure connections by masquerading as the intended destination and are sometimes used by companies to intercept their employees’ secure traffic for monitoring or legal reasons. The employees’ computers normally have to be configured to trust a proxy for it to be able to do this. However, in this case, the presumed proxy was given the full authority of a public CA, which is a serious breach of the CA system."

Windows 10 to make the Secure Boot alt-OS lock out a reality (Ars Technica)

Monday 23rd of March 2015 08:35:16 PM

Ars Technica is one of several news outlets to report on a change announced in Microsoft's Windows 10 plans. Though the headlines (including Ars Technica's) paint a rather bleak scenario, the details are not as clear-cut. The UEFI "Secure Boot" mechanism was introduced with Windows 8, at which time Microsoft's OEM-certification rules mandated that hardware must include a means for the local user to disable Secure Boot. The Windows 10 certification rules does not include the mandated disable switch. Writes Peter Bright: "Should this stand, we can envisage OEMs building machines that will offer no easy way to boot self-built operating systems, or indeed, any operating system that doesn't have appropriate digital signatures. This doesn't cut out Linux entirely—there have been some collaborations to provide Linux boot software with the 'right' set of signatures, and these should continue to work—but it will make it a lot less easy." Note, also, that the only source for this story appears to be a presentation from a Microsoft event in Shenzhen, China. Bright adds that he has contacted Microsoft seeking clarification, but has so far received no reply.

Firefox 36.0.4

Monday 23rd of March 2015 06:17:09 PM
Firefox 36.0.4 has been released. This update includes security and bug fixes, support for the full HTTP/2 protocol, and more. The release notes contain the details.

Security advisories for Monday

Monday 23rd of March 2015 05:24:52 PM

Debian has updated drupal7 (multiple vulnerabilities), iceweasel (multiple vulnerabilities), mono (three SSL/TLS vulnerabilities), php5 (code execution), tor (denial of service), and xerces-c (denial of service).

Debian-LTS has updated openssl (multiple vulnerabilities), tor (denial of service), and tzdata (timezone updates/leap second update).

Fedora has updated firefox (F21: multiple vulnerabilities), icu (F20: two vulnerabilities), kernel (F21: multiple vulnerabilities), libXfont (F21: privilege escalation), openssl (F21; F20: multiple vulnerabilities), patch (F21: multiple vulnerabilities), php-ZendFramework2 (F21; F20: cross-site forgery), qt-creator (F21; F20: fails to verify SSH host key), seamonkey (F21: multiple vulnerabilities), and xen (F21; F20: multiple vulnerabilities).

Gentoo has updated chromium (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated libtiff (multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated kernel (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities), libarchive (13.2, 13.1: two vulnerabilities), openssl (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), seamonkey (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), and firefox (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated firefox (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

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