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Security: Updates, Windows, Reproducible Builds and More

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  • Security updates for Monday
  • Windows apps made on Linux hit by security fail

    Troublingly, CERT/CC doesn't know of a practical way to fix the missing relocations table bug, tagged as CVE-2018-5392.

    However, it has suggested a workaround whereby mingw-w64 can be "coerced" into outputting executables with the relocations table intact. The advisory explains how to implement the workaround.

    According to CERT/CC, the bug affects Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, SUSE Linux, Arch Linux, CentOS, and more. However, none of the vendors has released a statement about the bug or its fix. The vendors were notified in late July.

  • An 18-Year-Old Information Security Consultant Donates Earnings To Charity

    Mahatma Gandhi once said that “be the change you want to see in the world.” Giving back to the society is a good way of changing the world and making it a better place to live in.

    And, Sagar Bansal, who is an eighteen-year-old information security consultant from India, is trying to be the change he wants to see in the world: by giving back his earnings to support needy students in advancing their education.

  • Reproducible Builds: Weekly report #171
  • Open Source Collaborative Hopes to Make Reporting Security Bugs Safer for All

    Despite the overall increase in companies offering bug bounty rewards to those who find and report vulnerabilities, ethical security research can still be a bit of a legal minefield. For example, back in May 2018 it fell to Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia to veto a bill that would have made even it difficult to do basic, ethical cybersecurity research. In addition, there is little in the way of a coherent framework for reporting bugs, creating a wide disparity between companies on what constitutes legal disclosure. In some instances, this has led to a reluctance among some white hat hackers to disclose vulnerabilities they’ve discovered.

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