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Ubuntu flings 14.04 LTS users a security lifeline, chats some more about Hyper-V

Ubuntu-slinger Canonical has assured us that 14.04 LTS users need not fear the impending end of life of the OS next year, and confirmed it will keep security fixes flowing a little while longer. Long Term Support gets just a little bit longer Ubuntu’s “Long Term Support” (LTS) releases of its Debian-based OS have seen five …
Richard Speed, 20 Sep 2018
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App-y, app-y, joy, joy: Pain-free software installer Flatpak (kinda) works on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows Subsystem for Linux fans, rejoice! Flatpak can now ease your dependency blues. Sort of. Lead developer Alexander Larsson has announced that software package toolkit Flatpak now works on Windows (or rather the Windows Subsystem for Linux). After a fashion. But then where would Linux users be, if it were not for the need …
Richard Speed, 17 Sep 2018

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

Linux kernel firebrand Linus Torvalds has apologized for his explosive rants, and vowed to take a break from the open-source project and seek help. In a mailing list message on Sunday, Torvalds admitted his "flippant attacks in emails" to fellow Linux programmers and project contributors "have been both unprofessional and …
Chris Williams, 17 Sep 2018
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Docker fave Alpine Linux suffers bug miscreants can exploit to poison containers

An infosec bod has documented a remote-code execution flaw in Alpine Linux, a distro that pops up a lot in Docker containers. Max Justicz, researcher and creator of crowd-sourced bug bounty system Bountygraph, said on Thursday that the vulnerability could be exploited by someone with man-in-the-middle (MITM) network access, or …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2018

Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

What were you doing in 2010? The Space Shuttles were still flying, Toy Story 3 ruled the cinemas, and Apple released its very first iPad. Oh, and Linux distro Elive locked down its last stable build. Until now. Designed to run on minimal hardware, Elive is very much a passion project of its leader, Samuel F Baggen. Based on …
Richard Speed, 11 Sep 2018
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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

The Linux Kernel Maintainers' Summit was planned for Vancouver, Canada, in October – but it's been moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. Because kernel chief Linus Torvalds slipped up and booked a family holiday there. No, really – the change of plan was announced in this post to the Kernel Summit Discussion mailing list by core …
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Linux 4.19 lets you declare your trust in AMD, IBM and Intel

Linux v4.19-rc1, release candidate code published on Sunday, allows those building their own kernel or Linux distribution to choose whether or not to trust the CPU hardware random number generator, a decision that has become complicated in the wake of the revelations about government surveillance over the past five years. When …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Aug 2018
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SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

Longtime Linux slinger SUSE has emitted a kernel optimised for the cloudy world of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft's embrace of Linux is well-documented, with even its client OS seeing some penguin-based love in ways that would have been unthinkable a few short years ago. Redmond sees its future in the cloud, and so is keen to …
Richard Speed, 20 Aug 2018
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Facebook Messenger backdoor demand, bail in Bitcoin, and lots more

Roundup It's time for another rapid roundup of computer security news beyond what we've already reported. US prosecutors want Facebook Messenger crypto cracked Uncle Sam is demanding Facebook alter its Messenger software so that American g-men can easily snoop on suspected criminals, it is claimed. The social network is said to be …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Aug 2018
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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

Hot on the heels of Slackware's quarter century comes the 25th anniversary of the announcement that Debian was incoming. Unlike Slackware, however, the Debian flavour of Linux remains hugely popular and the platform can usually be found troubling the top five rankings on open source OS tracker DistroWatch.com. Announced by …
Richard Speed, 16 Aug 2018
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HPE flies low-energy Eagle into National Renewable Energy Lab's data centre

HPE has been named as supplier of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new low-energy supercomputer, Eagle, which will power up in January 2019. Eagle is planned to be 3.5 more powerful than the lab's 2.26 petaflop Peregrine system, and will spend its time simulating complex processes, systems and phenomena for energy …
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Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

Updated Linux users are calling on Dropbox to reverse a decision to trim its filesystem support to unencrypted EXT4 only. The company's supported file system list, here, is missing some formats – including various encrypted Linux filesystems. Until that list was revised, Dropbox said it supported NTFS, HFS, EXT4, and APFS on Linux; …

Batten down the ports: Linux networking bug SegmentSmack could remotely crash systems

A networking flaw has been discovered in the Linux kernel that could trigger a remote denial-of-service attack. Versions 4.9 and up are "vulnerable to denial-of-service conditions with low rates of specially crafted packets", according to a US-CERT advisory this week. The bug is being tracked as SegmentSmack (CVE-2018-5390). …
John Leyden, 7 Aug 2018
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TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

Roundup This week we took a close look at Google security keys, bid adieu to Facebook's head security honcho, and had a few email credentials overshared by Atlassian. Here's everything else that happened in infosec land this week beyond what we've already reported. TSMC chip assembly line computers infected Chipmaker TSMC – which …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Aug 2018
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Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver

The developer of WireGuard has laid the groundwork for plugging his open-source privacy tool directly into the Linux kernel in hope of making secure communications easier to deploy and manage. Jason Donenfeld, creator of WireGuard and the founder of Edge Security, on Tuesday submitted a proposed set of patches to the Linux …
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Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has taken the rare step of reverting a kernel release candidate – after it went sour. All looked sunny enough on Sunday evening, when he set Linux 4.18-rc7 free to roam: “Unless something odd happens, this should be the last rc for 4.18,” the chief penguinista wrote. Something odd did, …
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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

The German state of Lower Saxony plans to follow Munich's example, and migrate a reported 13,000 users from Linux back to Windows. Apparently undaunted by the cost of the Munich switch (which we reported in January could be as much as €100m), Lower Saxony is considering making the change in its tax office. The state seems to …
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Quantum, Linux and Dynamics: That's the week at Microsoft, not a '70s prog rock band

Roundup It has been a good week for Microsoft. While beancounters counted their cloudy cash, the rest of the Redmond kept itself busy. A Quantum of coders Though uptake of Windows 10 continues to hover around the 700 million mark (quite some way behind the billion promised at the operating system's launch back in 2015), the Microsoft …
Richard Speed, 24 Jul 2018

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