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Linux vigilante fixes your router

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Linux
Security

A new form of “malware” appears to have been set up by a Linux vigilante who wants to improve your security.

Software called Linux.Wifatch compromises routers and other Internet of Things devices and appears to try and improve infected devices’ security.

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Linux.Wifatch ‘malware’ is actually making routers more secure

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Linux
Security

We seem to have a vigilante white hat hacker on our hands, as newly discovered ‘malware’ aimed at Internet of Things devices and certain routers appears to be making these devices more secure. The Linux.Wifatch virus is doing the exact opposite of what most viruses would, rather than stealing user information or holding systems for ransom, it is actually improving security.

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Network Security Toolkit Is Now Based on Fedora 22, Powered by Linux Kernel 4.1.7

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GNU
Red Hat
Security

On October 3, the developers of the Network Security Toolkit (NST) open-source network monitoring and security analysis toolkit for Linux kernel-based operating systems announced the release of Network Security Toolkit 22-7248.

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Why your Linux PC isn't vulnerable to the devastating XOR DDoS malware

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Linux
Security

Linux isn’t perfectly secure, but there’s no big Linux exploit story here. The real problem is how many poorly configured Linux systems exist in the real world. Linux isn’t a magic bullet that will make a system secure—it has to be locked down properly, too.

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Qubes 3.0

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GNU
Linux
Security

About 5 months after the initial release of Qubes 3.0-rc1, we're now releasing the final 3.0 today!

Let me quickly recap the main "killer features" of Qubes OS 3.0 compared to the Release 2.

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Why a Linux-powered botnet shouldn't send you scurrying back to Windows

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GNU
Linux
Security

However, even if you're running a Linux-based OS on your desktop there's a good chance you're not vulnerable to the malware that is forcing machines to join this botnet.

For a start, Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, isn't set up in a way that allows new users to get infected.

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XOR DDoS Malware for Linux Attacks Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Linux
Security

Reports have been coming in about a new Trojan malware named XOR DDoS that has been responsible for a number of DDoS attacks in Asia. It's coming from Linux machines, and people are going wild. The truth is somewhat different from what's been published until now.

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Container Security with SELinux and CoreOS

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OS
Linux
Security

At CoreOS, running containers securely is a number one priority. We recently landed a number of features that are helping make CoreOS Linux a trusted and even more secure place to run containers.

As of the 808.0.0 release, CoreOS Linux is tightly integrated with SELinux to enforce fine-grained permissions for applications. Building on top of these permissions, our container runtime, rkt, has gained support for SVirt in addition to a default SELinux policy.

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today's leftovers

  • FLOSS Weekly 389: Best Practices Badge
  • OpenGL 4.5 For The Intel Mesa Driver May Be Imminent
    Intel has been rapidly advancing their OpenGL 4.x support and OpenGL 4.5 is even in sight now. Kristian Høgsberg today landed GL_KHR_robustness support in the i965 DRI driver, a requirement for OpenGL 4.5.
  • Shotwell vs. digiKam
    How to manage your photos? – That is probably the biggest question for anyone doing anything with a photo camera. As resolutions of cameras grow, the data we have to manage is growing ever. In my case I am talking about more than 50000 photos and videos measuring up to about 200Gb of disk space, constantly growing. There are several photo management softwares out there, I guess the most commonly used ones are Shotwell for the Gnome desktop, digiKam for the KDE world, and FotoXX. I have not used Shotwell and digiKam for quite some time, and collect here my experiences of strength and weaknesses of the two programs. FotoXX seems to be very powerful, too, but I haven’t tested it till now.
  • Tweet your database with db2twitter
    db2twitter is developed by and run for LinuxJobs.fr, the job board of th french-speaking Free Software and Opensource community.
  • Tiny Core Linux 7.1 Screenshot Tour
  • Annoying myths about Linux that won't go away
    Linux has been around for many years, and has gotten better and better as time has gone by. Yet there are some enduring, inaccurate, and annoying myths about Linux that persist to this day. A Linux redditor started a thread about Linux myths and got some interesting responses from his fellow Linux users:
  • GStreamer Spring Hackfest 2016
    After missing the last few GStreamer hackfests I finally managed to attend this time. It was held in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. The city is located by the sea side and the entire hackfest and related activities were either directly by the sea or just a couple blocks away.
  • My talk at OSDC 2016: Continuous Integration in Data Centers – Further 3 Years Later
  • Isenkram with PackageKit support - new version 0.23 available in Debian unstable
    The isenkram system is a user-focused solution in Debian for handling hardware related packages. The idea is to have a database of mappings between hardware and packages, and pop up a dialog suggesting for the user to install the packages to use a given hardware dongle. Some use cases are when you insert a Yubikey, it proposes to install the software needed to control it; when you insert a braille reader list it proposes to install the packages needed to send text to the reader; and when you insert a ColorHug screen calibrator it suggests to install the driver for it. The system work well, and even have a few command line tools to install firmware packages and packages for the hardware already in the machine (as opposed to hotpluggable hardware).