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Story Security: WPA2, RSA/TPM, and Microsoft Breach Roy Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 9:40am
Story Red Hat reduces IoT tradeoffs and Asia Coverage Roy Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 8:37am
Story Samsung and Tizen: Bixby 2.0, Tizen 3.0, GNU/Linux on DeX Roy Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 8:35am
Story Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video] Roy Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 8:33am
Story Radeon Linux Gaming Performance: Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Ubuntu 17.10 Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 12:53am
Story Linux on Galaxy is Samsung's most impressive DeX app yet Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 12:49am
Story Skylake embedded computer has a thin 1U profile Rianne Schestowitz 19/10/2017 - 12:43am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2017 - 11:23pm
Story Software: VirtualBox, Franz, ClipGrab, Gammu, AppArmor, Xfce4, GTK+ Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2017 - 11:19pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 18/10/2017 - 11:16pm

Security: WPA2, RSA/TPM, and Microsoft Breach

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Security
  • Google and Apple yet to fix Wi-Fi hole in a billion devices

    The WPA2 security protocol has been a mandatory requirement for all devices using the Wi-Fi protocol since 2006, which translates into billions of laptops, mobiles and routers. The weakness identified by Mathy Vanhoef, a digital security researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium, lies in the way devices running WPA2 encrypt information.

  • The Flawed System Behind the Krack Wi-Fi Meltdown

    No software is perfect. Bugs are inevitable now and then. But experts say that software standards that impact millions of devices are too often developed behind closed doors, making it difficult for the broader security community to assess potential flaws and vulnerabilities early on. They can lack full documentation even months or years after their release.

  • Factorization Flaw in TPM Chips Makes Attacks on RSA Private Keys Feasible

    Security experts say the bug has been present since 2012 and found specifically in the Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module used on a large number of business-class HP, Lenovo and Fijitsu computers, Google Chromebooks as well as routers and IoT devices.

  • ROCA: RSA encryption key flaw puts 'millions' of devices at risk

    This results in cyber criminals computing the private part of an RSA key and affects chips manufactured from 2012 onwards, which are now commonplace in the industry.

  • Infineon RSA Key Generation Issue

    Yubico estimates that approximately 2% of YubiKey customers utilize the functionality affected by this issue. We have addressed this issue in all shipments of YubiKey 4, YubiKey 4 Nano, and YubiKey 4C, since June 6, 2017.

  • Microsoft remains tight-lipped about 2013 internal database hack [sic]

    A secretive internal database used by Microsoft to track bugs in its software was compromised by hackers [sic] in 2013.

  • Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

    Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking [sic] group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.

Red Hat reduces IoT tradeoffs and Asia Coverage

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Red Hat
  • Industry Spotlight: Red Hat reduces IoT tradeoffs

    Organizations rolling out the IoT usually aren’t prepared for the additional complexity. With the IoT, data volumes grow exponentially, infrastructure management gets more complicated and the security vulnerabilities increase disproportionately. Nevertheless, IT departments are expected to handle all these changes competently without proportional increases in budget or other resources.

  • Analyse Asia 211: Red Hat in Asia & Open Innovation Institute with Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen

    Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president & general manager at Redhat, Asia Pacific, joined us to discuss the company’s footprint across Asia and the recent launch of their new Open Innovation Institute in Singapore. We discuss how Asian companies are in different phases of digital transformation from culture to innovation and adjusting against digital disruption.

Samsung and Tizen: Bixby 2.0, Tizen 3.0, GNU/Linux on DeX

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Linux

Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video]

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Reviews
Ubuntu

It’s Artful Aardvark arrival day today (no, really!) and to mark the occasion we’ve made our first video in 3 years!

Prime your eyeballs and pop in some earbuds as we (try to) bring you up to speed on what’s new in Ubuntu 17.10.

At a smidgen over 3 minutes long we think our video is perfect for watching on your commute; when you’re bleary eyed in bed; or when you get the tl;dr feels thinking about our fuller, longer, and far wordier Ubuntu 17.10 review (due out shortly).

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Radeon Linux Gaming Performance: Ubuntu 17.04 vs. Ubuntu 17.10

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Graphics/Benchmarks

With Ubuntu 17.10 set to ship tomorrow that features just not an upgraded Linux kernel and Mesa 3D stack but also transitions from Unity 7 + X.Org to GNOME Shell + Wayland, here are some comparison gaming benchmarks on a few different AMD Radeon graphics cards.

Ubuntu 17.04 shipped six months ago with Linux 4.10 and Mesa 17.0.7 as the main graphics components for open-source driver users while now with Ubuntu 17.10 is the Linux 4.13 kernel and Mesa 17.2.2. The six months of improvements to Mesa alone are massive for Intel and Radeon users with the RADV/ANV Vulkan drivers maturing much over this time (17.10 still doesn't ship with the Vulkan drivers, but are just a sudo apt install mesa-vulkan-drivers away) as well as many performance improvements and new extensions for the growing number of bundled OpenGL drivers. If you read Phoronix daily, you should already be well versed on the many Mesa accomplishments over this time span.

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Linux on Galaxy is Samsung's most impressive DeX app yet

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Linux

Alongside the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung also introduced DeX to the world this past February. DeX is Samsung's vision for the future of desktop computing, and while it still has a way to go before it's truly useful or practical for everyone, Linux on Galaxy is a new app that Samsung hopes will make DeX more appealing to developers.

Samsung announced Linux on Galaxy at its developer conference on October 18, and although the app is still in a trial phase, it already sounds pretty impressive.

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Also: Samsung unveils 'Linux on Galaxy' for DeX -- run Fedora and Ubuntu on your Note8?

Skylake embedded computer has a thin 1U profile

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Linux

Advantech has expanded its line of fanless, barebone EPC computers with a 43mm high “EPC-T1232” system based on a Skylake U-series thin Mini-ITX board.

In August, Advantech launched its Linux-ready AIMB-232 thin Mini-ITX SBC featuring 6th Gen “Skylake” U-Series CPUs. Now it has followed up with an EPC-T1232 barebone computer based on the SBC, or specifically, the AIMB-T12325W-00Y0E model. Like the SBC, the EPC-T1232 has a low profile, measuring 250 x 210 x 43mm.

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today's leftovers

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Misc

Software: VirtualBox, Franz, ClipGrab, Gammu, AppArmor, Xfce4, GTK+

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Software
  • Oracle Releases VM VirtualBox 5.2

    It was more than one year ago that VirtualBox 5.1 was released while today it's finally been succeeded by a new feature release.

  • Franz Combines all Your Messaging Apps in a Single Application

    Franz is a free to use application that combines different messaging services like WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Telegram, Skype, Slack and other chat applications in one application.

  • ClipGrab: Video Downloader and Converter Updated for Ubuntu/Linux Mint (PPA)

    ClipGrab is a free software to download and convert videos from different famous sites of Internet. You can easily save your favorite videos from sites like Dailymotion or Vimeo. And you can convert these videos into "usable" formats like WMV, MPEG or MP3. You can check here which sites are supported by this software.

  • Gammu 1.38.5

    Today, Gammu 1.38.5 has been released. After long period of bugfix only releases, this comes with several new noteworthy features.

  • Watch Out Upgrading To Linux 4.14 If You Use AppArmor

    Just a quick public service announcement if you rely upon AppArmor for security on your Linux distribution like Ubuntu/Debian and plan to soon upgrade to the Linux 4.14 kernel...

  • New hotness: xfce4-notifyd 0.4.0

    After quite some development time I have decided to push out xfce4-notifyd 0.4.0 today. This is not just a bugfix, but a feature-packed release.

  • Xfce Gets Notification Improvements With xfce4-notifyd 0.4

    For users of the Xfce4 desktop environment, a new release of xfce4-notifyd 0.4 is now available as the project's newest feature release.

  • GTK+ 3.92 Released With Many Improvements & New Features

    Matthias Clasen has today released GTK+ 3.92 as the latest test release in the long road towards the major GTK4 tool-kit update.

    GTK+ 3.92 features Vulkan improvements, more widget reworking, continued Emoji support, and more. Highlights of changes found in this GTK+ 3.92 update include:

  • SteelCloud Expands Linux STIG Support to Ubuntu, SUSE, and Oracle Linux

    SteelCloud LLC announced today that it has enhanced ConfigOS, its patented STIG remediation software, to support the newly released Ubuntu, SUSE, and Oracle Linux STIGs. These new supported platforms bolster the product's existing Red Hat Linux automated STIG remediation capabilities. The expanded ConfigOS Linux security content will be provided to new and existing customers at no additional charge.

Linux and Graphics: AMD and AGL

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Red Hat, Fleet Commander, and Fedora 27

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Red Hat
  • Fleet Commander Now Ready To Deploy Fedora & RHEL Desktops At Scale

    Fleet Commander is now declared "production ready" by the Red Hat developers working on this software project for easing the process of deploying and managing Fedora/Red Hat desktops across a large number of systems.

    Fleet Commander builds off the Cockpit web-based administration tools and FreeIPA for making it easier for system administrators to deploy Fedora and Red Hat based systems on a large scale within an organization.

  • A Look At The New Features For Fedora 27

    Fedora 27 is now under its final freeze for release in the next few weeks so here's a recap of the prominent changes coming to this next installment of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution.

    First and foremost, the Fedora Workstation 27 release is making use of GNOME 3.26 and its many exciting improvements, many of which upstream improvements were worked on by Fedora / Red Hat developers. GNOME 3.26 offers better Wayland support, some HiDPI improvements, initial built-in screencast / remote desktop support through Mutter, the reworked GNOME Control Center UI, many app improvements, and more as outlined in that aforelinked article.

  • Is the Stock In Play?: Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT)

Android: New Devices

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Android
  • ZTE launches crazy, foldable, dual-screened smartphone

    Budget Android company ZTE is launching what has to be its craziest-looking smartphone ever, the Axon M. The M looks like someone took a Nintendo DS, removed the controls, and stuck two big smartphone screens on each side.

    The Axon M is a whopping 12.1mm thick. A hinge runs along the long side of the phone, and it opens up, just like a Nintendo DS. On each side of the phone, you get a 5.2-inch, 1080p TFT LCD. Open the whole thing up, and when combined the screens sort of become a 6.75-inch, 8:9 aspect ratio, 1920x2160 display. I say "sort of" because of course there's a big seam down the middle.

  • Google's Pixel 2 Earns High Marks in Spite of Dull Design

    As Google's new Pixel 2 smartphones get ready to hit the shelves, reviews of the models have begun mushrooming online.

    While the new phones generally have received positive grades, many reviewers found the their design boring.

    "The Pixel 2 hardware is ho-hum," observed Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.

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  • Surprise! The Pixel 2 is hiding a custom Google SoC for image processing

OSS and Sharing Leftovers

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OSS
  • GMO Internet introduces open source KYC as blockchain project enters fifth phase
  • Eclipse Science Advances Open Source Technology for Scientific Research

    The Eclipse Science Working Group, a working group of the Eclipse Foundation, today announced the new releases of five open source projects used by the scientific research community to advance and simplify the software used by science projects, like genomic, astrophysics, nuclear simulations, etc. The new project releases are part of an annual release train that is managed by the Science WG.

  • Dmark East Africa to develop open source IT applications

    We have an operation around the region; in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda. And this has exposed us to different levels of talent across the region.  As a result, we have come to a conclusion that Uganda has special talents in the area of information technology, specifically, product development or software engineering.

  • DevOps Jobs: 4 trends to watch
  • Amazon, PwC join campaign to bring open-source EMR to Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria

    The first phase of the campaign comprises immediate disaster response. The collaborators will deploy a version of the open-source cloud platform OpenEMR-Plus, which proved successful in response efforts after Hurricane Harvey in Houston. They will also provide supply chain assistance.

  • UK Startup Lifebit Builds on Popular Nextflow Open-Source Genomics Platform
  • Makerbot Labs Is One Step Toward Open Source 3D Printing

    3D printing feels a bit stuck. At the dawn of the 2010s, the device seemed destined to reimagine the creative process, putting the power of additive manufacturing within anyone's grasp. But trend has gone cold since reaching its popular zenith in 2013. While people continue to create amazing things with 3D printing, the "one in every household" promise has been put on temporary—or possibly permanent—hold.

    But the leader of the once great 3D printing revolution hasn't gone away quietly. In fact, it's done the opposite. Makerbot, the Brooklyn-based startup that sold its first printers back in 2009, is launching a brand new platform, Makerbot Labs, to help turn its 3D printing community into super-users, able to access parts of the printer that were otherwise inaccessible. Makerbot describes this new platform as a place, built for creators, who want to experiment with 3D printing but still have the bedrock of the platform to fall back on if need be.

  • IEEE to develop standard for automotive Ethernet of over 1 Gbps

    Industry body IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) announced the formation of a task force to develop IEEE P802.3ch—Standard for Ethernet physical layer specifications and management parameters for greater than 1 Gbps automotive Ethernet. The new standards development project aims to meet the demand for higher speed Ethernet in the automotive environment to support ongoing technological developments, such as connected cars, advanced driver assisted systems and infotainment systems.

CMS: Mass.gov Moves to Drupal, Voyager 1.0 is Out

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OSS
Web

Chrome and Mozilla

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Google
Moz/FF
Web
  • Google Quietly Releases Chrome 62 to Stable Channel for Linux, Mac, and Windows

    Google quietly promoted the Chrome 62 web browser to the stable channel today for desktops, including Mac, GNU/Linux, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

  • Chrome 62 Promoted To Stable

    Google has released Chromium/Chrome 62 as the latest update to its widely-used web browser.

  • Chrome Working On JPEG Encode Accelerator With VA-API/V4L2 Support

    Landing in the Chromium browser code-base this morning is a JPEG encode accelerator interface.

  • Mozilla brings Microsoft, Google, the W3C, Samsung together to create cross-browser documentation on MDN

    Community contributions are at the core of MDN’s success. Thousands of volunteers have helped build and refine MDN over the past 12 years. In this year alone, 8,021 users made 76,203 edits, greatly increasing the scope and quality of the content. Cross-browser documentation contributions include input from writers at Google and Microsoft; Microsoft writers have made more than 5,000 edits so far in 2017. This cross-browser collaboration adds valuable content on browser compatibility and new features of the web platform. Going forward, Microsoft writers will focus their Web API documentation efforts on MDN and will redirect relevant pages from Microsoft Developer Network to MDN.

  • A Week-Long Festival for Internet Health

    Says Mark Surman, Mozilla’s Executive Director: “The Internet is layered into our lives like we never could have imagined. Access is no longer a luxury — it’s a fundamental part of 21st century life. A virus is no longer a nuisance consigned to a single terminal — it’s an existential threat that can disrupt hospitals, governments and entire cities.”

    But much of the Internet’s best nature is flourishing, too. Each day, new communities form despite members being separated by whole continents. Start-ups and artists have access to a global stage. And open-source projects put innovation and inclusion ahead of profit.

FUD and Openwashing

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OSS

Microsoft never disclosed 2013 hack of secret vulnerability database

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Microsoft
Security

Hackers broke into Microsoft's secret, internal bug-tracking database and stole information related to vulnerabilities that were exploited in later attacks. But the software developer never disclosed the breach, Reuters reported, citing former company employees.

In an article published Tuesday, Reuters said Microsoft's decision not to disclose details came after an internal review concluded the exploits used in later attacks could have been discovered elsewhere. That investigation relied, in part, on automated reports Microsoft receives when its software crashes. The problem with that approach, Reuters pointed out, is that advanced computer attacks are written so carefully they rarely cause crashes.

Reuters said Microsoft discovered the database breach in early 2013, after a still-unknown hacking group broke into computers belonging to a raft of companies. Besides Microsoft, the affected companies included Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. As reported at the time, the hackers infected a website frequented by software developers with attack code that exploited a zero-day vulnerability in Oracle's Java software framework. When employees of the targeted companies visited the site, they became infected, too.

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Games Leftovers

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Gaming

Plasma 5.11 – Keep the momentum going

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KDE
Reviews

Just a few short days ago, the KDE team released Plasma 5.11, the latest edition of this desktop environment, plied with a range of bug fixes as well as some new features. Reason enough to celebrate, but even more so when you consider the fact that Plasma has been slowly, steadily – and consistently – improving over the past few years.

For me, the culmination of this effort is my great satisfaction with Plasma – epitomized in the shape and form of Kubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zoltan, including the most excellent twining of the distro with my HP Pavilion laptop. And on this very machine, I will be testing the KDE neon live edition, furnished with the latest desktop version. So let’s see what it does.

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Also: GCompris at KDE-edu sprint 2017

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