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Security Leftovers

  • New Side-Channel Vulnerability in the Linux Kernel Enabling DNS Cache Poisoning

    A recent research paper by a team at University of California, Riverside, shows the existence of previously overlooked side channels in the Linux kernels that can be exploited to attack DNS servers.

    According to the researchers, the issue with DNS roots in its design, that never really took security as a key concern and that made it extremely hard to retrofit strong security features into it.

  • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 194 released

    The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 194. This version includes the following changes:

    [ Chris Lamb ]
    * Don't traceback when comparing nested directories with non-directories.
      (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#288)
    
  • Thousands of printers at risk of denial of service attacks

    Researchers have highlighted a trio of potential attacks against printers that could allow denial of service, information theft, or botnet compromise.

    The collection of attacks, labeled Printjack, appeared in a paper from researchers Giampaolo Bella and Pietro Biondi at the Universit`a di Catania and Istituto di Informatica e Telematica in Italy.

  • GoDaddy says information on 1.2 million customers exposed in data breach

    In a document filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, GoDaddy noted that the company had discovered its Managed WordPress hosting environment had been compromised by an “unauthorized third party,” resulting in emails and customers numbers of 1.2 million Managed WordPress users being exposed.

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6 Reasons to Pick Linux Over Windows

Almost all students do their work on laptops and PCs that run on Windows. Of course, some of you are lucky enough to afford something that runs on Apple’s macOS. While Windows is a popular OS, it’s far from being perfect. Few students are even aware that their PCs and laptops can run on various operating systems.

One of the alternatives students often overlook is Linux. Many believe that this OS is hard to manage. That’s why they prefer to either buy or, in some cases, pirate Microsoft’s creation unless it comes pre-installed on the device, of course.

It’s true that Linux is harder to install than its counterpart. But it has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. So, what exactly sets it apart?

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today's leftovers

  • Planet Incinerating Technology | LINUX Unplugged 441

    We make some last-minute changes to our server setup and catch up on a bunch of thought-provoking feedback. Special Guests: Martin Wimpress and Neal Gompa.

  • GNU World Order 443
  • LibreSSL update

    Undeadly reached out to Theo asking whether he would share with readers an explanation of the changes. He kindly responded: [...]

  • Early Days at Bell Labs

    It's Brian Kernighan discussing the formation of Unix, starting from the back story of the creation of Bell Labs, including predecessors CTSS and Multics, and C predecessors BCPL which was modified to become B, and why Dennis Richie added types to B to make C.

    This video really hits its stride when Kernighan discusses piping and redirection, and the ease of creating wonderful things out of small parts that, and Kernighan used these words, "do one thing and do it well."

What Distribution and Version Pulled You into Linux?

I recently watched a video posted by my good friend (and former Linux Journal colleague) Shawn Powers introducing viewers to Linux and Linux distributions. And it got me thinking about my own personal experience and when I first started to dabble in the world of open source operating systems.

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The best Linux distributions for 2022

The year 2022 is upon us! That means it’s time to choose a new Linux distribution. Here’s a list of the best Linux distributions for 2022 that will help you not get lost in the variety of versions of your favorite operating system. Read more