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Open MySQL security holes

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h-online.com: Oracle's forthcoming version 5.1.47 of MySQL is said to contain several important security patches. The changelog states that the developers have closed three security holes which allow attackers to cause a server crash, obtain unauthorised database access or, in the worst case, inject arbitrary code and execute it on the server.

Botnets exploit Linux owners' ignorance

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securecomputing.net: A lack of knowledge and awareness about how to use Linux mail servers could be contributing to the disproportionately large number of Linux machines being exploited to send spam, according to new Symantec Hosted Services research.

Good Security Practices On Linux

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ghabuntu.com: Some time ago, the open source world was caught by surprise by the announcement of a malware for Linux, hidden in a screensaver for Gnome in gnome.look.org. Security in Linux (as with any operating system) is a matter of habit, then we will list some tips.

Apache.org hit by targeted XSS attack, passwords compromised

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blogs.zdnet.com: Combining a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability with a TinyURL redirect, hackers successfully broke into the infrastructure for the open-source Apache Foundation in what is being described as a “direct, targeted attack.”

KDE KDM Vulnerability Elevation of Privilage

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freetechie.com: Sebastian Krahmer from the SUSE Security team has found a vulnerability in KDM which will allow a local user to elevate their privileges to root access.

A word (or two) about Linux desktop security

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cristalinux.blogspot: When I wrote my Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Beta ARTICLE several days ago, I rated Ubuntu higher than Windows in terms of security. In hindsight, I think I was perhaps assuming certain bits and pieces, as well as maybe not thoroughly explaining why I thought that was the case.

OS of the Future: Built for Security

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eweek.com: Led, somewhat ironically, by Microsoft Windows, operating system vendors and some other software vendors have been making their products more secure by default. They also have been providing tools and best-practice guidelines for application developers to improve security.

Becoming a "Linux Security Artist"

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linux.com: After forty years in the commercial computing business, the one idea that has been drilled into me by security professionals is the fact that there is no such thing as a secure computer system, only levels of insecurity.

Setting the record straight on sudo

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blogs.techrepublic.com: I recently read a blog posting that denounced the use of sudo as insecure. My first reaction was that the author had no idea how to use sudo properly or why you would want to.

System security? What about your DATA!

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fewt.com: It is often said that Linux is more secure than Windows, and for enterprise workloads this tends to be very true. Desktop Linux is a completely different use case, and unfortunately security configuration is sadly way behind (read: non-existent).

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