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 2014-02-11 DSA-2860 parcimonie - information disclosure

Holger Levsen discovered that parcimonie, a privacy-friendly helper to refresh a GnuPG keyring, is affected by a design problem that undermines the usefulness of this piece of software in the intended threat model.

 2014-02-10 DSA-2859 pidgin - several vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Pidgin, a multi-protocol instant messaging client:

 2014-02-10 DSA-2858 iceweasel - several vulnerabilities

Multiple security issues have been found in Iceweasel, Debian's version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser: Multiple memory safety errors, use-after-frees, too-verbose error messages and missing permission checks may lead to the execution of arbitrary code, the bypass of security checks or information disclosure. This update also addresses security issues in the bundled version of the NSS crypto library.

Debian Wiki   [more] [xml]
 2014-02-14T11:26:02Z SameKernel
 2014-02-14T11:02:58Z DebianWomen/Projects/MiniDebconf-Women/2014/Video
 2014-02-14T10:32:33Z Services/Debian Archive   [more] [xml]
 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:00:00 -0800 What if Linus Torvalds Would Have Accepted Job Proposal of Steve Jobs?

TecMint: That day if Torvalds would have accepted the proposal of Steve Jobs, today the world would not been the same.

 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:00:00 -0800 Ubuntu mobile takes two steps forward, one step backward

Linux Gizmos: Canonical has yet to sign up any vendors or carriers for upcoming smart phones running Ubuntu, which is not surprising, considering the first Ubuntu phone release appears to have slipped to 2015.

 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:00:00 -0800 ZTE, Sprint, SoftBank join open source Tizen OS development

ZDNet: The open-source Tizen operating system project has snagged an additional 15 partners, including carriers and app developers.

OSNews   [more] [xml]
 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:38:23 GMT * Here we go again: Android is, apparently, not open *
Another day, another fear-mongering 'Android is closed!'-article at Ars Technica. After Peter Bright's article last week (sharply torn to shreds by Dianne Hackborn), we now have an article with the scary title "New Android OEM licensing terms leak; 'open' comes with a lot of restrictions". The title itself is already highly misleading, since one, the licensing terms aren't new (they're from early 2011 - that's three years old), and two, they're not licensing terms for Android, but for the suite of Google applications that run atop Android. This article makes the classic mistake about the nature of Android. It conflates the Android Open Source Project with the suite of optional proprietary Google applications, the GMS. These old, most likely outdated licensing terms cover the Google applications, and not the open source Android platform, which anyone can download, alter, build and ship. Everyone can build a smartphone business based on the Android Open Source Project, which is a complete smartphone operating system. Read more on this exclusive OSNews article...
 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:49:27 GMT Microsoft could bring Android applications to Windows
Major scoop by Tom Warren. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it's still early, we're told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move. Now, I have a very crazy theory about this whole thing. I obviously have no inside sources like Warren has, so load this image in another tab while reading this, but what if instead of this being an attempt to bridge the 'application gap', this is the first step in a Microsoft transition towards Android as a whole? Much like the PC world, which eventually settled on two players, the mobile world has settled on two players: Android and iOS. It's the cold and harsh truth. Does it really make sense for Microsoft to focus all that energy on developing Windows Phone - not to a whole lot of avail so far - when they could just take Android, add their own services, and more importantly, their own very popular and ubiquitous enterprise software, and sell that instead? Microsoft actually started out as an application software provider, and not as an operating system vendor, so it's not like they would do something they're not comfortable with. The biggest reason this crazy, unfounded theory came to my mind is that I simply cannot believe Microsoft would actually make it possible to run Android applications on Windows Phone. First, running Android applications on another platform is not exactly issue-free. Second, this has not exactly helped BlackBerry (and Sailfish, for that matter) either. Third, Windows Phone (and Windows 8 Metro) are already afterthoughts for developers, nothing more than mere side-projects in between iOS and Android work. Why would any of them develop native applications if they can just send their already completed APK to Microsoft? It'd be the death of Windows Phone and Metro. Combined with the news that Nokia's Android phone is actually going to come out, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Microsoft is thinking about phasing out Windows Phone, with the ability to run Android applications on the platform as a first step in this migration. There are major issues with such an approach, of course, not least of which the problem Amazon has also run into: no Google Play Services, meaning several popular applications won't run at all. If you're truly, truly outrageous, you could even consider a pact between Microsoft and Google, a combined effort that would take some possible antitrust heat off Google's back, and would give them a united front against Apple and iOS. Even this has precedent: unlike what some think, Microsoft and Apple have a long history of close cooperation. There's no reason Microsoft wouldn't do it again, if needed. In any case, this is all very interesting stuff, and it shows just how much of a problem the lack of any presence in the mobile world has become for Microsoft. The new CEO has some very tough calls to make.
 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:25:09 GMT What's behind the Sailfish browser?
Jolla has released their Sialfish browser as open source, so it seems like a good moment to dive into the lower levels of their Gecko-based browser. In this post I'd like to shade some light on what technology is used in the browser application for Sailfish OS. By now it's a widely known fact that the browser is based on the Gecko engine which is developed by Mozilla corp. and is used in their Firefox browser and Firefox OS. For some reason it's not that known that the Sailfish browser is built upon the EmbedLite embedding API (also known as IPCLiteAPI) for Gecko. This embedding API started as a research project in Nokia by Oleg Romashin and Andrey Petrov at the times when Nokia was still developing the Maemo platform. Currently the project is maintained by Tatiana Meshkova. News   [more] [xml]
 2014-02-14T00:46:39+00:00 Distribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 7.4
Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 7.4. This is the project's first stable release since October 2012 and an important update of the Slackware-based desktop Linux distribution with the latest development build of the Xfce desktop. From the release announcement: "The Xfce desktop environment has....
 2014-02-13T13:07:15+00:00 Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 5.0
Jacque Raymer has announced the release of MakuluLinux 5.0, a major new release of the Debian-based desktop distribution featuring the Xfce desktop environment: "MakuluLinux Xfce 5.0, built on a strong Debian base, offers users not only stability and speed, but now also provides a much more effective modern....
 2014-02-10T09:00:04+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 545
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: First impressions of FreeBSD 10.0 News: Debian votes for systemd, Ubuntu considers own file manager, Xubuntu shows off new artwork, Bodhi unveils 3.0 roadmap, NVIDIA contributes to open-source drivers, Arch and stability Questions and answers: Putting server security first Released last week:....

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