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 2015-03-28 DSA-3207 shibboleth-sp2 - security update

A denial of service vulnerability was found in the Shibboleth (an federated identity framework) Service Provider. When processing certain malformed SAML message generated by an authenticated attacker, the daemon could crash.

 2015-03-28 DSA-3206 dulwich - security update

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Dulwich, a Python implementation of the file formats and protocols used by the Git version control system. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems:

 2015-03-27 DSA-3205 batik - security update

Nicolas Gregoire and Kevin Schaller discovered that Batik, a toolkit for processing SVG images, would load XML external entities by default. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted SVG file, an attacker could possibly obtain access to arbitrary files or cause resource consumption.

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 2015-03-28T20:39:37Z Javascript/Nodejs/Tasks/openlayers
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 2015-03-28T19:48:37Z SummerOfCode2015/StudentApplications/MohitKBhakkad
 2015-03-28T19:18:26Z Sprints/2015/KGB   [more] [xml]
 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:00:00 -0700 Misconfigured Rsync Daemon Exposes Hotel Routers to Risk

eWEEK: ANTlabs InnGate gateways were running an rsync service in a manner that is not secure.

 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:00:00 -0700 Komodo IDE 9 Advances Web Development History

EnterpriseAppsToday: In the Komodo 9 release, new features include support for the Google Go language, improved collaboration features and improvements for creating documentation.

 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0700 Android on a Stick, or how to install Android-x86 on a USB stick

 LinuxBSDos: The latest stable release is Android-x86 4.4-r2. This tutorial shows how to install it on a USB stick

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 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:53:11 GMT 'Cyber is just pounding me from every direction'
Texas representative John Carter, chairman of the subcommittee on Homeland Security appropriations, and who sits on various other defense-related subcommittees, is hearing about cyber a lot these days. As he put it, "cyber is just pounding me from every direction." That's just the first few seconds of the very entertaining video, where Carter tries to find the right words to express his concern over new encryption standards from Apple and others. You may laugh about this, but... These are the people running the most powerful military of the world.
 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:49:49 GMT GNOME 3.16, Builder released
GNOME 3.16 brings a brand new notification system and updated calendar design, which helps you to easily keep track of what’s happened, and includes useful information like world times and event reminders. Other features include overlaid scrollbars, updated visuals, improved content views in Files, and a redesigned image viewer. Major additions have also been made to the GNOME developer experience: GTK+ support for OpenGL now allows GTK+ apps to support 3D natively, a new GLib reference counting feature will help with debugging, and GTK+ Inspector has also had a major update. Also released: GNOME Builder, an IDE for GNOME.
 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:04:45 GMT After a hit game, indie developers struggle to replicate success
Bithell has become one of a growing number of prominent indie game developers known by name after releasing a hit game. New platforms like Steam and iOS have made it easier than ever for a single developer to create a successful game, and sometimes those games really blow up - developers like Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson have become fast millionaires solely off of a single title. But after the elation of a hit game comes a sudden realization: you need to make another one. This is pretty common among artists; the second album is always the hardest.
 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:59:29 GMT Microsoft rebrands Universal apps as "Windows apps"
In the beginning there was the word, and the word was Metro. And then it was Windows 8-style. And then it was Modern. And then it was Windows Store. And then it was Universal. And today, Microsoft has decreed that henceforth these apps - which are all ultimately based on Windows Runtime - will be known as Windows apps. Historically, of course, "Windows apps" (or "Windows programs") referred to standard, Win32-based executables that ran on the Windows desktop. Under the new naming scheme, these Win32 apps will now be called Windows desktop applications. As you can see in the slide above, despite the new nomenclature, the differences between the two types of app remain the same. Microsoft can paint itself red and call itself a girl scout until the pink cows come home, but everyone will still, and will continue to, call them Metro applications.
 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:56:56 GMT A three rotor Enigma machine wrist watch
This is one of the most satisfying projects I have done I think. Mainly because this is a real device and something so historically important. It is a fully functioning Enigma machine you can wear on your wrist. This is a three rotor Enigma machine as used by German Wermacht in WW2 for encoding messages. Way cooler than any Android Wrist or iPhone Mini watch.
 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:44:23 GMT I tried to live with a high-end feature phone
The feature phone. Still big in Japan. Still being sold in the millions. Still relevant, though? And does it even matter what a 30-something tech writer at a Western tech site thinks? Japan's large elderly population - people who haven't even heard of Angry Birds, Gmail or Uber - they're the ones sticking to their flip phones. Hardy, easy to use and cheaper than an iPhone. (If you need a primer on the phenomenon of gara-kei, you should probably read up on that here, but in short, it's how Japan's mobile phone market sped ahead with early technologies, then faltered when smartphone competition arrived.) So let's try using one. The best and newest feature phone available in Japan, no less. It's pitched as bringing the best smartphone features to the flip form factor. Is it better than a plain, old smartphone? Good lord, no.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:50:49 GMT AnandTech review: the ASUS Zenbook UX305
AnandTech reviews the ASUS Zenbook UX305. Overall, even with the knocks against it, this is a heck of a device for just $699. A Core M processor, which allows a fanless and therefore silent device, but still offers good performance, and much more performance than any other CPU which would allow for a fanless design. 8 GB of memory standard. A 256 GB solid state drive standard. A 1920x1080p IPS display, once again standard. ASUS has really raised the bar for what someone can expect in a mid-range device. I honestly cannot believe that you can buy this much laptop for that kind of money these days - and unlike other cheap laptops, this actually isn't a piece of crap, but a proper, all-metal laptop that doesn't look like two stoeptegels slapped together.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:34:41 GMT Chinese manufacturers are trying to kill the smartphone bezel
I remember a time when I didn't know - or care - what a bezel was. Now, thanks to the efforts of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, I may be able to forget about this component all together. (If you don't already know, it's the metal or plastic bit that surrounds a screen.) A slew of new devices have appeared this month - some leaked, some released officially - all showing companies doing their best to erase the bezel. It's one of the latest trends in smartphone design and has already made its way to the US in the form of the $239 Sharp Aquos Crystal and its infinity pool-like display. Looking at these devices it seems we'll be seeing a lot less edge in future. I'm quite pleased about the bezel disappearing. The bezel is an irrelevant, useless part of displays, and it can be shaved off and removed.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:13:51 GMT HTC can't get no respect
Like the late American comedian Rodney Dangerfield, HTC is a company suffering from a chronic lack of respect. The Taiwanese phone maker has a pedigree of mobile innovation rivaling that of Nokia and Apple, but last week it had to change its CEO amid ambivalent feedback to its latest smartphone and a struggle to generate consistent profits. There are many challenges for new CEO Cher Wang to overcome in the months ahead, but beside the technical issue of just building better cameras, probably the most critical among them will be to reestablish the company’s respectability. Great devices, but nobody buys them. Good luck getting out of that conundrum.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:04:51 GMT Google will implement Pointer Events in Blink after all
The Pointer Events API is a low-level input API for mouse, touch and stylus introduced by IE. Pointer Events extends the MouseEvent model while offering a replacement for all uses of Mouse and Touch events. Based on the feedback we've received, and the productive collaboration in the Pointer Events working group, I now believe we should implement this API in Blink. After this Google u-turn, only Apple refuses to support Pointer Events.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:19:57 GMT Fear of Apple
There is an unfortunate climate of fear in the software community today. It is primarily in ephemeral video interviews and podcasts that we get any semblance of coherent criticism and even then it is reticent. Worse than the fact that this criticism is relegated to verbal discussions is that it is later renounced by the very same designers and developers when they are interviewed in the more permanent-seeming medium of the written word. In written interviews, these fair-weather critics go on to reverse their opinions and praise the products of modern minimalist UI design because it is more convenient not to risk questioning powerful industry leaders. If there is just one article you read this month, let it be this one. Do not skip this.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:14:02 GMT An introduction of library operating system for Linux
Our objective is to build the kernel network stack as a shared library that can be linked to by userspace programs to provide network stack personalization and testing facilities, and allow researchers to more easily simulate complex network topologies of linux routers/hosts. Although the architecture itself can virtualize various things, the current design only focuses on the network stack. You can benefit network stack feature such as TCP, UDP, SCTP, DCCP (IPv4 and IPv6), Mobie IPv6, Multipath TCP (IPv4/IPv6, out-of-tree at the present moment), and netlink with various userspace applications (quagga, iproute2, iperf, wget, and thttpd).
 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:56:03 GMT Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK preview
Microsoft is now allowing developers to create apps for Windows 10. While the software maker is planning to release its operating system some time in the summer, developers can start getting used to the available tools today. Windows 10's apps will run across a variety of devices, including the Xbox One, PCs, phones, and tablets. This initial SDK preview will let developers tweak their apps to work across varying screen sizes and optimize them for both touch and mouse/keyboard usage. You can now create a single application binary that will run on Xbox One, PCs, phones, tablets, and embedded stuff. It took them a long, long time, but it seem like they're finally making good on their promises. There's more information, too.
 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:59:51 GMT Samsung, Dell, others to ship Microsoft Office on Android tablets
Earlier today, we announced an expanded global partnership with Samsung to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. Building on that news, I’m pleased to share that we’ve also expanded strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and regional OEMs including TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey, as well as top original device manufacturer Pegatron. These 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year. Now this I can get behind, sort of - assuming the applications are removable. Microsoft's Office suite for Android is pretty good, and especially for someone like me who uses Office a lot, this is pretty great.
 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:52:46 GMT 'Partnering with Adobe on new contributions to our web platform'
In recent releases, we've talked often about our goal to bring the team and technologies behind our web platform closer to the community of developers and other vendors who are also working to move the Web forward. This has been a driving motivation behind our emphasis on providing better developer tools, resources for cross-browser testing, and more ways than ever to interact with the "Project Spartan" team. In the same spirit of openness, we've been making changes internally to allow other major Web entities to contribute to the growth of our platform, as well as to allow our team to give back to the Web. In the coming months we'll be sharing some of these stories, beginning with today's look at how Adobe's Web Platform Team has helped us make key improvements for a more expressive Web experience in Windows 10. Why don't they just do it right from the get-go, bite the bullet, and release their new engine as open source? Why this kinda stuff where only big players get to maybe possibly contribute? What's the point? News   [more] [xml]
 2015-03-27T14:59:43+00:00 Distribution Release: Zentyal 4.1
The Zentyal development team has announced the launch of Zentyal 4.1. The Ubuntu-based server distribution is designed to be easy to install and configure and ships with a powerful collection of web-based system administration modules. "Zentyal development team is proud to announce Zentyal Server 4.1, a new release....
 2015-03-27T14:18:47+00:00 Distribution Release: Voyager Live 14.04.4 "X"
Rodolphe Bachelart has announced the availability of a new edition of Voyager Live. Voyager "X", based on Voyager 14.04.4 LTS, is an experimental version built around the new Xfce 4.12 desktop which was only recently released. It also includes an updated Linux kernel, version 3.16. The entire layout....
 2015-03-27T04:03:08+00:00 Development Release: Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta
Canonical has announced the launch of Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta along with the availability of beta images for the many Ubuntu community distributions. These test images should be mostly bug-free, but are still intended to be used for testing purposes. "Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition....

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