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Datto launches backup and disaster recovery technology to combat ransomware

Datto’s SIRIS 3 data protection platform includes what it claims is the industry’s first ramsomware detection capability. Ransomware is the noxious malware that captures your files and walls them off from access by encrypting them. The perpetrator demands payment – possibly by anonymous Bitcoin – to release the encryption key …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Use the source! OpenStack welcomes fresh tests for open-cloud unity

Openstack Summit Don't expect future implementations of OpenStack without vendors first having cleared a new battery of emerging conformity tests. That's the word from OpenStack Foundation chief operating officer Mark Collier, who reckons the appetite to prove interoperability is too strong for tech providers to resist. The impetus is coming …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2016

Joomla! squashes critical privileged account creation holes

Joomla! has revealed it's patched twin critical flaws allowing attackers to bypass rules and create elevated privilege accounts. Project staff warned of the looming patch this week asking administrators to prepare for the patch and apply it immediately. The Joomla! security strike team said at the time only that a hole …
Darren Pauli, 27 Oct 2016

Adobe emits emergency patch for Flash hole malware is exploiting right this minute

Adobe is advising folks to update Flash Player – as malware is right now exploiting a newly discovered hole in the internet's screen door to hijack Windows PCs. The emergency patch addresses a single vulnerability, CVE-2016-7855. The use-after-free() programming blunder allows an attacker to achieve remote code execution when …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2016
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Samsung ties Thread into two new IoT Artik chips

Samsung has expanded and updated its IoT hardware with the release of the low-end Artik 0 and high-end Artik 7 modules – both of which support the Thread protocol for the first time. The Artik 0 is aimed at the very smallest IoT devices and will replace the Artik 1, which was launched in April last year. The Artik 7 will sit …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2016

ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

ARM TechCon Processor designer ARM will squirt security fixes directly into internet-connected gadgets to hopefully keep them defended from hackers. Manufacturers of Internet-of-Things gizmos and other embedded products have complained that updating gear in the field is too much hard work. That means devices are rarely patched when …
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016

SUSE: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

ARM TechCon SUSE is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers." In plainer English, SUSE has developed an enterprise-grade Linux distribution that runs on 64-bit ARM servers (should you happen to ever …
Chris Williams, 25 Oct 2016

BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

Hands-on Review Available for order this week, BlackBerry’s penultimate own-brand phone is a luxurious but light big sibling to its DTEK50. That was the first to marry a reference design, from TCL, to BlackBerry’s own “hardened” Android. The DTEK60 – not a name that rolls off the tongue – also uses BlackBerry’s Android, but aims for the …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2016

Joomla! readies patch for core vulnerability so critical it isn't talking

The world's second-favourite content management system, Joomla!, is warning of a critical security hole so bad its developers aren't saying what it fixes. The Register understands a patch for the mystery hole will take the name of version 3.6.4 and will be published around 1400 UTC today, October 25th. Joomla! has been …
Darren Pauli, 25 Oct 2016
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'Biggest ever' Linux release

Linux lord Linus Torvalds thinks Linux 4.9 will be "the biggest in number of commits we've ever had." Writing on the Linux Kernel Mailing list to announce rc2 of Linux 4.9, Torvalds says the release looks so substantial it's probably destined for Long Term Support status. This week's release candidate "isn't huge, but that's …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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Bad news, Trump. NASty storage is pretty popular, too

Block-based storage (and particularly that based on Fibre Channel) has always been the favoured child when it comes to vendors talking about their products and solutions. All of the high-end performing devices tend (but not exclusively) to be block-based. However we’re seeing an increased focus on high performance NAS …
Chris Evans, 24 Oct 2016
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Chap turns busted laptop into phone keyboard, in Himalayan book-rescue mission

We all know that sinking feeling when you realise your laptop screen is broken and you need to use it sooner than you can get it fixed. So has Thomas Buckley-Houston, who's written a MacGyver-esque how-to for getting to his phone from the laptop's keyboard (going the other way via VNC is easier) – when he couldn't see the …
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Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Ubuntu overlord Mark Shuttleworth has named the next version of the Linux distro "Zesty Zapus". Each version of Ubuntu has a two-word name, both starting with the same letter of the alphabet. The second word is always an animal and the first is an adjective. This policy has given use names like "Oneiric Ocelot" and "Edgy Eft …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016

Dirty COW explained: Get a moooo-ve on and patch Linux root hole

Code dive Patch your Linux-powered systems, phones and gadgets as soon as possible, if you can, to kill off a kernel-level flaw affecting nearly every distro of the open-source operating system. Dubbed Dirty COW, the privilege-escalation vulnerability potentially allows any installed application, or malicious code smuggled onto a box, …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2016

Boffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses

US researchers have pinpointed a vulnerability in Intel chips – and possibly other processor families – that clears the way for circumventing a popular operating-system-level security control. ASLR (address space layout randomization) is widely used as a defense against attempts by hackers to exploit software vulnerabilities …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2016
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EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect? Dell's forte, or at least the chief of them, is a superbly executed supply chain, box-development and shifting at a level no one has bettered - well …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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Yahoo! begs! US! spymaster! Clapper!: Spill! the! beans! on! secret! email! snooping!

Yahoo! has asked the US government to break its silence on the secret court order that forced the Purple Palace to scan its webmail users' messages for specific keywords. In a letter [PDF] to US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Yahoo! general counsel Ron Bell says that national security laws prevent the online …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2016

Who killed Cyanogen?

Analysis Does European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager's team pay close attention to the tech news? If not, perhaps they should. Last week there was barely a murmur after Cyanogen Inc scaled back its ambitions. “Throwing in the towel” may be harsh – but the Android software company said it would henceforth be trying to …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2016
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Red Hat eye from the Ubuntu guy: Fedora – how you doin'?

Comment Red Hat is the biggest – and one of the oldest – companies in the Linux world, but despite the difficulty of accurately measuring Linux usage figures, Ubuntu and its relatives seem to be the most popular Linux distributions. Red Hat isn’t sitting idle, though. Despite its focus on enterprise software, including virtualisation, …
Liam Proven, 19 Oct 2016

Imagine a sad deflating balloon. There, that's IBM's servers, storage

Analysis IBM's Systems segment saw dismal revenues in its third quarter results, with declines in both servers and storage. Z System mainframes are benefiting from the Watson-style cognitive computing efforts and both all-flash and software-defined storage are looking up, like beacons of light in the gloom. It's worth stressing that …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016

Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

Canonical's Ubuntu 16.10, codenamed "Yakkety Yak", is nowhere near as chunky an update as 16.04 LTS was earlier this year. But that doesn't mean there's nothing new. In fact, the firm's second release of the year has quite a few fresh features to hold users over until the bright and shiny future of Unity 8 and Mir arrive some …

The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!

"Open is always going to win," states Ed Hemphill, CEO of WigWag, a company that hopes to make sense of the ever-expanding and ever-more-complex Internet of Things market. WigWag is named after the traditional flags used by the US military's Signal Corps to communicate messages. Hemphill and his cofounder Travis McCollum both …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Oct 2016

CoreOS acquihires tool biz

CoreOS, maker of a container-friendly version of Linux, has acquired Redspread, which makes a collaborative deployment tool that simplifies the management of Kubernetes clusters. Redspread's imaginatively named Spread software allows Kubernetes objects to be versioned. It's similar in concept to code versioning tool Git, but …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2016
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Linux Foundation whacks open JavaScript projects umbrella

A project fostering JavaScript’s panoply of projects has been established by the Linux Foundation. The JS Foundation will cultivate JavaScript application and server-side projects. The thinking is to create a centre that drives broad adoption and development of JavaScript technologies and that fosters collaboration. It should …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2016

Bits of Google's dead Project Ara modular mobe live on in Linux 4.9

Google may have killed off its modular smartphone Project Ara idea, but some of the code that would have made it happen looks like coming to the Linux Kernel. So says none other than Linus Torvalds himself, in his Linux Kernel Mailing List post announcing the first release candidate of Linux 4.9. Torvalds tossed in a barb …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016

Intel: New x86 AI instructions

Intel is adding new x86 instructions ideal for machine-learning applications to its upcoming Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors. The instructions are part of the AVX-512 family: they are described by Chipzilla as "vector instructions for deep learning" with enhanced word-variable precision and single precision floating-point …
Chris Williams, 15 Oct 2016
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Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

Four dozen members of US Congress have signed a letter requesting a full briefing on the Yahoo! email scandal. In the letter, addressed to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and US director of national intelligence James Clapper, the bipartisan group of representatives asks that they be provided with more information on the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2016

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

OX Summit Back in the dot com heyday, around 1999 and 2000, Linux and open source conferences were huge events: they were packed and brimming with excitement. There was optimism, new initiatives in every conceivable direction, and anything seemed possible. Move over, Grandad: everything traditional was going to be up-ended by open source …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016
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Oracle DB admins urged to swap their gas guzzler for an electric car

Postgres Vision At the Postgres Vision 16 conference taking place in San Francisco this week, Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB, tried to convince attendees to abandon their Hummers for electric cars. Boyajian wasn't moonlighting for Tesla. Rather, he was peddling a metaphor in which expensive gas-guzzlers represent traditional …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2016

Startup dusts off rent-a-box on-premises corpse, adds ARM muscle, cloud brains

Startup Igneous Systems has re-discovered and re-imagined the idea of customers renting an externally managed system on their premises, giving it an Internet of Things (IoT) and public cloud make-over. The new angles are that IoT devices can generate vast amounts of data which is difficult to send to a set of on-premises …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
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Red Hat tosses Ansible Galaxy into the open source gale

Red Hat has open sourced its code repository for Ansible to run DevOps. The Linux flinger has released to GitHub its Galaxy code repository for Ansible. Now it is an open source project you can create your own Galaxy servers, while Galaxy stands to benefit from new features and enhancements that flow in. Tim Cramer, head of …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2016
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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

“Giving away budget never felt so good." Those were the words of an IT manager attending one of our roundtables recently. But why was he so happy about losing control of a chunk of his IT funding? The topic of the roundtable was end user computing, and he was explaining how the annual budget negotiations around desktop …
Dale Vile, 12 Oct 2016

Oz infosec spooks: ease back on the “cybers”, this is serious

Sensationalist language is making it hard to educate businesses and the public about infosec risks*, according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre's 2016 threat report. While every ICMP ping is treated as an attack by some, the report says unequivocally: “Australia still has not been subjected to malicious cyber activity …
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Pocket C.H.I.P. makers go Pro with cloud-linked ARM-flexing module for IoT gizmo builders

Pics The team behind the popular $9 C.H.I.P. single-board-computer has come up with a version for engineers, startups, and larger organizations to embed in their products. Essentially, if you're an aspiring gadget maker and you want to stick a small Linux-flavored computer into your thing and sell it, the C.H.I.P. Pro aims to be …
Chris Williams, 11 Oct 2016
Intel's Stratix 10 ARM-base FPGA

Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA. Repeat, Intel is shipping an ARM-based FPGA

Intel's followed up on its acquisition of Altera by baking a microprocessor into a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). The Stratix 10 family is part of the company's push beyond its stagnating PC-and-servers homeland into emerging markets like high-performance computing and software-defined networking. Intel says the quad- …

Skype for Linux users can crash-test video calls in v1.10 Alpha

If you've managed to get audio and video working under Linux, Microsoft's latest Skype-for-Linux will let you place video calls. An alternative view is that Microsoft is taking the next step in eliminating the peer-to-peer history that made Skype popular in the first place. The company's dropped Skype 1.10 for Linux Alpha …
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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

The Time Lords at the Earth Orientation Center of the International Earth Rotation Service have again decided the world needs an extra second and have picked New Year's Eve as the best moment for the extra sliver of time. As the Center's notice states, at 23h 59m 59s on December the 31st you'll need to hold off your …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2016
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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

Linus Torvalds believes ARM has little chance of usurping x86, because the latter has built an open hardware ecosystem that the former just doesn't look like replicating. Torvalds voiced his opinions in a fireside chat with David Rusling, chief technology officer of ARM tools vendor Linaro, at the end of September. Rusling …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2016

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality

Spotify has apologized to its subscribers after it served up malicious adverts that attempted to infect listeners' computers. The problem occurred with Spotify Free, which lets people to stream music gratis in exchange for being played and shown adverts. One advertiser sneakily embedded nasty software code into its Spotify ads …
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Hyperledger chain gang man explains Penguins' blockchain play

LinuxCon, Berlin Jim Zemlin raises an eyebrow when I say Hyperledger is rather outside Linux Foundation's usual domain, being a bit, er, consumery. “It’s totally enterprise,” the Foundation's executive director tells me. “It’s infrastructure.” Just like Linux, he reckons. Hyperledger is the layer above the operating system, above Linux. Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2016

How does a hybrid infrastructure fit my accreditations?

Security-related certifications such as ISO 27001 and, more particularly, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), have stringent requirements regarding the controls on infrastructure, how data is routed and stored around it, and so on. Particularly in the cloud components of a hybrid setup, the control you …
Dave Cartwright, 06 Oct 2016

BlackBerry: You can't just roll up and make one

Interview BlackBerry says it won’t license its brand and security hardened Android “to any Tom Dick and Harry” as it tries to maintain the value of its brand. The BlackBerry senior VP for sales for its Mobility division Alex Thurber - stopping to talk to El Reg as he sailed through London on his honeymoon - also told us BlackBerry had …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2016
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Zeta Systems: NVMe over Fabrics speed is real... and here's why

Analysis How does local NVMe drive access compare to accessing the same drive over an NVMe over Fabrics link? Zeta Storage Systems has compared the two access methods and found... not a lot of difference at all. Zeta’s Lee Chisnall, its CNO (Chief Nobody Officer – think storage product management and marketing) says: “I think that is …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2016

Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

The University of Edinburgh's supercomputer, Cirrus, is now being rented to businesses for their mega-performance computing needs. Cirrus is housed at the University's Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, which also hosts the UK's national supercomputing service, ARCHER, although it doesn't really compare to ARCHER's …

Docker emits InfraKit to wrangle containers on competing clouds

LinuxCon Docker is removing some of the hurdles to running its poster-child technology on various cloud platforms. On Tuesday at LinuxCon Europe, Docker founder and chief technology officer Solomon Hykes released under the Apache 2.0 license InfraKit, a set of software tools for managing containers on cloud services. “It's the magical …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2016

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Linus Torvalds gave the world Linux 4.8 earlier this week, but now appears to wish he didn't after spotting some code he says can “kill the kernel.” When Torvalds announced Linux 4.8 on Sunday he said the final version added “a few stragging fixes since rc8.” But by Tuesday he was back on the Linux Kernel Mailing list …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2016
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Let's not meet up with JPEG 2000 – researchers find security hole in image codec

Researchers are warning about a newly discovered security vulnerability in a popular open-source JPEG 2000 parser that could let corrupted image files trigger remote code execution. Cisco-owned security firm Talos warns that by embedding a malformed image file into a web page, PDF file, or email message, an attacker could gain …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Oct 2016