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  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • 10 basic linux security measures everyone should be doing

    Akin to locking your doors and closing your windows there’s some really basic things everyone should be doing with their Linux installs (This is of course written from a Fedora viewpoint, but I think this pretty much applies to all computer OSes).

  • Johnson & Johnson Warns Insulin Pump Owners They Could Be Killed By Hackers

    Initially the lack of security on "smart" Internet of Things devices was kind of funny as companies rushed to make a buck and put device security on the back burner. And while hackable tea kettles and refrigerators that leak your Gmail credentials just seem kind of stupid on the surface, people are slowly realizing that at scale -- we're introducing millions of new attack vectors into homes and businesses annually. Worse, compromised devices are now being used as part of massive new DDoS attacks like the one we recently saw launched against Brian Krebs.

    Unfortunately, companies that service the medical industry also decided a few years ago that it would be a good idea to connect every-damn-thing to networks without first understanding the security ramifications of the decision. As a result, we're seeing a rise in not only the number of ransomware attacks launched on hospitals, but a spike in hackable devices like pacemakers that could mean life and death for some customers.

  • EFF Asks Court to Block U.S. From Prosecuting Security Researcher For Detecting and Publishing Computer Vulnerabilities

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a court Thursday for an order that would prevent the government from prosecuting its client, security researcher Matthew Green, for publishing a book about making computer systems more secure.

    Green is writing a book about methods of security research to recognize vulnerabilities in computer systems. This important work helps keep everyone safer by finding weaknesses in computer code running devices critical to our lives—electronic devices, cars, medical record systems, credit card processing, and ATM transactions. Green’s aim is to publish research that can be used to build more secure software.

  • Malta unveils Cyber Security Strategy

    The government of Malta has unveiled a National Cyber Security Strategy. The strategy provides the legal context to defend the country’s computer networks infrastructure and its users from threats.

  • Mirai “internet of things” malware from Krebs DDoS attack goes open source

    Last week, we wrote about a DDoS attack on well-known investigative cybercrime journalist Brian Krebs.

    To explain.

    A DDoS attack is an aggressive sort of DoS attack, where DoS is short for denial of service.

    A DoS is a bit like getting into the queue at the station to buy a ticket for the next train, only to have a time-waster squeeze in front of you and slow you down.

    By the time the miscreant has asked, innocently enough, about the different sorts of ticket available, and whether it costs extra to take a bicycle, and how much longer it would take if he were to change trains in Manchester, only to walk off without buying a ticket at all…

    …you’ve watched your train arrive, load up with passengers, and depart without you.

    A DDoS attack is worse: it’s short for distributed denial of service attack, and it’s much the same thing as a DoS, except that the trouble-stirrer doesn’t show up on his own.

  • Linux systems susceptible to crashes from tweet sized command
  • Linux 4.8 Debuts - But Maybe It Shouldn't Have

    The Linux 4.8.0 kernel was officially release on October 2, becoming the fifth kernel release so far in 2016. The Linux 4.7 kernel was released on July 24.

    As opposed to all the other kernel releases this year (and in fact in contrast to all kernel releases since 2.6) Torvalds really wasn't happy about this one, though the source of his displeasure didn't become apparent until after the release.

    "So the last week was really quiet, which maybe means that I could probably just have skipped rc8 after all," Torvalds wrote in in his Linux 4.8 release announcement. "Oh well, no real harm done."

    A day later on October 3, Torvalds addmits that he shouldn't have merged a late set of updates from kernel developer Andrew Morton.

Linux is a new frontier for young developer

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When I was 17 years old, I started using Linux because I wanted a desktop that resembled my brother-in-law's Gentoo laptop, which used the KDE environment. Instead, I got the now-nostalgic brown and orange GNOME 2 environment because I'd installed Ubuntu. (Ubuntu has since changed its color palette.)

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i.MX6 UL COM has a carrier board with Raspberry Pi style expansion

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The Armadeus “Opos6UL” COM runs Linux on an i.MX6 UL SoC, and has eMMC, optional wireless, extended temp support, and a carrier board with RPi-style I/O.

French embedded manufacturer Armadeus Systems, which last year shipped an APF6_SP computer-on-module with an i.MX6 and a Cyclone V GX FPGA, has now unveiled a more modest, but similarly Linux- and NXP-based COM aimed at IoT applications. The i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) based Opos6UL is designed for industrial products like IoT gateways, medical devices, small HMI, and autonomous robotics.

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Linux Lite 3.2 Enters Beta, Now Plays Nice with Other GNU/Linux Distributions

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Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon informs Softpedia today, October 5, 2016, about the release and immediate availability of the Beta of his upcoming Linux Lite 3.2 Ubuntu-based operating system.

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Sailfish OS Fiskarsinjoki

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  • [Early Access] Sailfish OS Fiskarsinjoki

    It’s our great pleasure to announce that we are now starting to speed up deliveries of Sailfish OS updates.

    This post, as mentioned in the title, is about the next early access iteration, update Fiskarsinjoki. Fiskarsinjoki is a small Finnish river in the village of Fiskars. It passes through a park-like cultural landscape and lands in the Gulf of Finland – just some trivia for you to learn!

  • Jolla Puts Out Sailfish OS "Fiskarsinjoki" In Early Access

    Jolla is looking to push out Sailfish OS releases faster and thus today announced "Fiskarsinjoki" in early access form.

    This next iteration of Sailfish OS is codenamed Fiskarsinjoki over a small Finnish river. Fiskarsinjoki adds support for saving images/video directly to an SD card, easy conference calls support, an integrated scientific calculator, more editing options in the image gallery, file sharing support in the file manager, and various other small features and refinements.

Solving the Linux kernel code reviewer shortage

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Operating system security is top of mind right now, and Linux is a big part of that discussion. One of the questions to be solved is: How do we ensure that patches going upstream are properly reviewed?

Wolfram Sang has been a Linux kernel developer since 2008, and frequently talks at Linux conferences around the world, like LinuxCon Berlin 2016, about ways to improve kernel development practices.

Let's get his point of view.

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Linux Kernel News

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  • Linux: The free operating system alternative that changed computing

    For most of us, when we think of PCs, we think of Windows. But Microsoft’s popular and well-known operating system isn’t the only option.

    Many users choose to live without Windows and run different operating systems like Linux instead.

    This year is a special one for Linux, as October 5 marks 25 years since the release of the Linux kernel.

    If you’re discovering Linux for the first time, find out all about it below.

  • Linux 4.8 adds Pi, Surface support but Linus Torvalds fumes over 'kernel-killing' bug [Ed: Linux foes go full swing to make the kernel look bad]

    Announcing the 4.8 release on Sunday, Torvalds' correspondence on the Linux kernel mailing list appeared calm despite a few "pretty small" issues carried over from the eighth and final 4.8 release candidate. He signed off with his usual "go forth and test" command.

    The several highlights of 4.8 include support for the touchscreen on Microsoft's Surface 3 device and the Raspberry Pi 3's System on a Chip.

  • Linux 4.8 Kernel Support for Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen [Ed: Microsoft sites put a "Microsoft" slant on Linux]
  • Solving the Linux kernel code reviewer shortage

    Operating system security is top of mind right now, and Linux is a big part of that discussion. One of the questions to be solved is: How do we ensure that patches going upstream are properly reviewed?

    Wolfram Sang has been a Linux kernel developer since 2008, and frequently talks at Linux conferences around the world, like LinuxCon Berlin 2016, about ways to improve kernel development practices.

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New KNOPPIX Release, LibreOffice 5.1.6, Rosa Down

In Linux news today KNOPPIX 7.7.1 was released to the public based on Debian with GNOME 3.22, KDE 5.7.2, and "Everything 3D." The Rosa project is experiencing network issues and folks may experience problems trying to connect to their services the next few days. LibreOffice 5.1.6 was announced today by The Document Foundation, the sixth update to the Still branch for stable users, and a new vulnerability was disclosed in GNU Tar. Read more