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TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:33:03 AM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:30:51 AM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:29:49 AM

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:26:44 AM

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:25:39 AM

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TuxMachines: Systemd 222 Will Do Away With Its Accelerometer

Monday 6th of July 2015 08:00:41 AM

For the past four years in systemd there's been a Udev accelerometer helper for exposing the device orientation as a property. With the upcoming systemd 222 release, that will change and instead users taking advantage of device orientation information should switch to iio-sensor-proxy 1.0+.

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Slashdot: CRYENGINE Finally Lands On Linux

Monday 6th of July 2015 03:00:01 AM

LXer: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 to Finally Switch to GNOME 3.16, Linux Kernel 4.0

Sunday 5th of July 2015 04:39:03 AM
The Parsix GNU/Linux developers were happy to announce that the first snapshot towards the anticipated Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 distribution is now available for download and testing. Dubbed Mumble, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 will be the first release of the operating system to be built around the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, and powered by latest Linux kernel 4.0 technologies.

Reddit: OctoPkg – A GUI for pkg-ng

Saturday 4th of July 2015 06:48:16 PM

Phoronix: Freedreno Driver Continues Working For Open-Source Qualcomm Driver Independence

Saturday 4th of July 2015 06:06:37 PM
Rob Clark has shared a new blog post today about "happy (gpu) independence day" with his work on the open-source Freedreno driver for freeing Qualcomm Linux users of the Adreno binary blob...

LXer: How to edit your kernel boot parameters on Linux

Friday 3rd of July 2015 12:27:53 PM
Changing or editing your kernel boot parameters is very important when you want to fix an issue that causes errors during boot, or test a new feature, activate a different driver, or disable a feature on your system. These parameters are stored as text, in the boot loader's configuration file which the kernel parses during the init process.

Phoronix: OPNsense 15.7 Released As Fork Of Pfsense

Friday 3rd of July 2015 12:19:35 PM
As a fork of pfSense, the OPNsense project that's a FreeBSD-based open-source firewall distribution did its first production-ready release this week...

LXer: Avalue debuts Braswellian COMs and an SBC

Friday 3rd of July 2015 06:30:02 AM
Avalue unveiled three Linux-friendly embedded boards based on Intel’s 14nm Braswell SoCs: a Qseven COM, a COM Express Type 6 COM, and a 5.25-inch SBC. Avalue has launched an EQM-BSW Qseven computer-on-module, an ESM-BSW COM Express Type 6 Compact module, and an EBM-BSW 5.25-inch SBC based on Intel’s new Pentium- and Celeron-branded Braswell processors. In recent weeks, the Braswell SoCs have also shown up on COM Express modules from Adlink, MSC, Nexcom, and Portwell, on a Qseven COM from Congatec, and on a 3.5-inch SBC from Nexcom. Last week we rounded up a dozen Mini-ITX boards that all use the Braswell chips.

LXer: Confirmed stupid: A patent on firewalls, circa 2000

Friday 3rd of July 2015 02:41:18 AM
Last month, the EFF faced down a lawsuit claiming that one of its "Stupid Patent of the Month" blog posts illegally defamed the inventor, a patent lawyer named Scott Horstemeyer. Days after the lawsuit became public, it was dropped.

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  • Secure Server Deployments in Hostile Territory, Part II
    There are a few other general security practices I put in place. First, as I mentioned before, because each host has a certificate signed by an internal trusted CA for Puppet, we take advantage of those certs to require TLS for all network communications between hosts. Given that you are sharing a network with other EC2 hosts, you want to make sure nobody can read your traffic as it goes over this network. In addition, the use of TLS helps us avoid man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target
    At the Black Hat hacker conference in two weeks, security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger plan to present the results of a year of work hacking a pair of $13,000 TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles. The married hacker couple have developed a set of techniques that could allow an attacker to compromise the rifle via its Wi-Fi connection and exploit vulnerabilities in its software. Their tricks can change variables in the scope’s calculations that make the rifle inexplicably miss its target, permanently disable the scope’s computer, or even prevent the gun from firing. In a demonstration for WIRED (shown in the video above), the researchers were able to dial in their changes to the scope’s targeting system so precisely that they could cause a bullet to hit a bullseye of the hacker’s choosing rather than the one chosen by the shooter.
  • Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet
    Yosemite, aka version 10.10, is the latest stable release of the Mac operating system, so a lot of people are affected by this vulnerability. The security bug can be exploited by a logged-in attacker or malware on the computer to gain total unauthorized control of the Mac. It is documented here by iOS and OS X guru Stefan Esser. It's all possible thanks to an environment variable called DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE that was added in Yosemite. It specifies where in the file system a component of the operating system called the dynamic linker can log error messages. If the environment variable is abused with a privileged program, an attacker can modify arbitrary files owned by the powerful user account root – files like the one that lists user accounts that are allowed administrator privileges.