ImageMagick, an open source suite of tools for working with graphic images used by a large number of websites, has been found to contain a serious security vulnerability that puts sites using the software at risk for malicious code to be executed onsite. Security experts consider exploitation to be so easy they’re calling it “trivial,” and exploits are already circulating in the wild. The biggest risk is to sites that allows users to upload their own image files.
Information about the vulnerability was made public Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Huber, a developer and security researcher, who wrote that he had little choice but to post about the exploit.
A large number of websites are vulnerable to a simple attack that allows hackers to execute malicious code hidden inside booby-trapped images.
The vulnerability resides in ImageMagick, a widely used image-processing library that's supported by PHP, Ruby, NodeJS, Python, and about a dozen other languages. Many social media and blogging sites, as well as a large number of content management systems, directly or indirectly rely on ImageMagick-based processing so they can resize images uploaded by end users.
A wildly popular software tool used by websites to process people's photos can be exploited to execute malicious code on servers and leak server-side files.
Security bugs in the software are apparently being exploited in the wild right now to compromise at-risk systems. Patches to address the vulnerabilities are available in the latest source code – but are incomplete and have not been officially released, we're told.
Canonical to Offer Snappy Ubuntu 16 Images for Raspberry Pi 2, DragonBoard 410c
As you may know (or not), the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) is taking place these days, between May 3 and May 5, on the Ubuntu On Air channel, where the Ubuntu devs are laying down plans for the future.
We've already reported the other day that the next major release of the popular Linux kernel-based operating system, Ubuntu 16.10, which has been dubbed by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth as Yakkety Yak, won't ship with the long-anticipated Unity 8 desktop interface as the default session.
Beautiful Simplicity Linux 16.04 OS Arrives, Based on LXPup and the LXDE Desktop
The guys over at Simplicity Linux, a simple and beautiful GNU/Linux desktop-oriented operating system, have had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Simplicity Linux 16.04.
Simplicity Linux 16.04 is distributed in three main editions, namely Desktop, X, and Mini. The distribution has been in development for the past three months, since February, when it was initially released as Simplicity Linux 16.01.
Wine Staging, a playground for experimental Wine patches not yet ready to be accepted to the mainline tree, is out with their newest release that's powered off last week's official Wine 1.9.9 release.
Over the past two weeks, Wine-Staging developers spent time cleaning up some of the patches they were carrying in and got them merged to mainline. For v1.9.9, they were able to mainline more than thirty of their patches that they'll no longer need to carry in this experimental tree. They also dropped their libcef system call workaround for Steam now that there's a command-line switch to workaround the CEF sandboxing.
CoreOS Linux 899.17.0 Released with OpenSSL 1.0.2h, NTPd 4.2.8p7, and Git 2.7.3
The CoreOS developers have released a new version of the Linux kernel-based operating system engineered for massive server deployments, CoreOS 899.17.0.
Powered by Linux kernel 4.3.6, CoreOS 899.17.0 arrived on May 3, 2016, as an upgrade to the previous release of the GNU/Linux operating system, which system administrators can use for creating and maintaining open-source projects for Linux Containers, version 899.15.0.
Black Lab Brings Real-Time Kernel Patching to Its Enterprise Desktop 8 Linux OS
A few moments ago, Softpedia has been informed by Black Lab Software about the general availability of the sixth DP (Developer Preview) build of the upcoming Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 8 OS.
Sporting a new kernel from the Linux kernel from the 4.2 series, Black Lab Linux Enterprise Desktop 8 Developer Preview 6 arrives today for early adopters and public beta testers with real-time kernel patching, which means that you won't have to reboot your Black Lab Linux Enterprise OS after kernel upgrades.
"DP6 offers you a window into what's new and whats coming when Black Lab Enterprise Desktop and Black Lab Enterprise Desktop for Education is released. As with our other developer previews it also aids in porting your applications to the new environment," said Roberto J. Dohnert, CEO, Black Lab Software.
USB stick brings neural computing functions to devices
Movidius unveiled a “Fathom” USB stick and software framework for integrating accelerated neural networking processing into embedded and mobile devices.
On April 28, Movidius announced availability of the USB-interfaced “Fathom Neural Compute Stick,” along with an underlying Fathom deep learning software framework. The device is billed as “the world’s first embedded neural network accelerator,” capable of allowing “powerful neural networks to be moved out of the cloud, and deployed natively in end-user devices.”