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Firefox 3 suffers its first vulnerability

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Moz/FF
Security

cnet.com: Less than one day after its launch, Firefox 3 has a vulnerability. According to Tipping Point's Zero Day Initiative, the vulnerability, which it rates as critical, was reported within the first five hours of Firefox 3's release.

Anatomy of Linux journaling file systems

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Security

In recent history, journaling file systems were viewed as an oddity and thought of primarily in terms of research. But today, a journaling file system (ext3) is the default in Linux®. Discover the ideas behind journaling file systems, and learn how they provide better integrity in the face of a power failure or system crash. Learn about the various journaling file systems in use today, and peek into the next generation of journaling file systems.

Barracuda Tries to Gobble-Up SourceFire

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OSS
Security

Over the last few years there has been a lot of fanfare around open source companies and their liquidation events. Most of the news has been around Sun’s billion dollar acquisition of MySQL or the Citrix acquisition of Xen and even Yahoo’s acquisition of Zimbra. Recently, SourceFire has been in the news a bit lately as Barracuda Networks has made a bid for their open source competitor.

The computer security paradox

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Security

raiden.net: One of the most prized rights of any American is the right to privacy and security. It's something people in some countries would kill for. Yet now there appears to be a very frightening trend growing. Your privacy and security are being thrown out the window wholesale in favor of easier access by law enforcement.

Multiple Linux flaws show that Linux also has kernel issues

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Linux
Security

blogs.zdnet.com: Not to defend Microsoft, as kernel exploits that provide privileged access are terrible flaws, but we had an interesting discussion in the talkbacks where several people acted as if Microsoft was the only place that could’ve made such mistakes. Well, this is a common flaw across operating systems that is difficult to catch due to the complexities of kernel code.

Do You Really Need Anti-Virus Software?

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Security

maketecheasier.com: When a seasoned Windows user first migrates to Linux, the first question is always “where is the anti-virus?” I have been asked this question countless time and were always given the “you are lying to me” kind of look when I told them that they don’t need anti-virus software in Linux.

Hacker Super Bowl pits Mac OS vs. Linux, Vista

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OS
Security

linuxworld.com (IDG): It's the most anticipated matchup in the hacker world: Linux versus Mac OS X versus Vista. Who will get hacked first? That's what organizers of the CanSecWest security conference hope to discover this week.

Good malware hunting for Linux

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Security

linux.com: Given all the fuss in the news recently about compromised Linux/Apache servers being responsible for infecting Windows users with malware when they visit those compromised sites, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at three of the best rootkit/malware detection tools available for Linux desktop and SOHO users.

Major Linux security hole found

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Linux
Security

linux-watch.com: With open source that can be a very good thing since when security problems are found they can be fixed quickly. That's the case over this last weekend, Feb. 9-10, when a security problem was found, and given a hot fix, in the 2.6.17 to the most recent production Linux kernel, 2.6.24.1.

Also: Stable and unstable kernel releases

ASUS Eee PC rooted out of the box

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Security

risesecurity.org: We recently acquired an ASUS Eee PC. The first thing we did when we put our hands at the ASUS Eee PC was to test its security.

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