Debian Security   [more] [xml]
 2015-07-28 DSA-3319 bind9 - security update

Jonathan Foote discovered that the BIND DNS server does not properly handle TKEY queries. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw to mount a denial of service via a specially crafted query triggering an assertion failure and causing BIND to exit.

 2015-07-26 DSA-3318 expat - security update

Multiple integer overflows have been discovered in Expat, an XML parsing C library, which may result in denial of service or the execution of arbitrary code if a malformed XML file is processed.

 2015-07-25 DSA-3317 lxc - security update

Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in LXC, the Linux Containers userspace tools. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems:

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Typo on "mailing"   [more] [xml]
 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0700 Fedora 23 will feature a Cinnamon Spin

 LinuxBSDos: The Cinnamon desktop is the only popular desktop environment that Fedora does not have a Spin for.

 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:00:00 -0700 Setup Genymotion Android Emulator In Ubuntu

 unixmen: Genymotion is an android emulator that can be used for development purpose or application testing purposes.

 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:00:00 -0700 Hacking a Safe with Bash

LinuxJournal: Through the years, I have settled on maintaining my sensitive data in plain-text files that I then encrypt asymmetrically.

OSNews   [more] [xml]
 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:22:14 GMT The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft
Tom Warren's got a good piece up in which he interviews a number of people responsible for the development of Windows 10. Lots of interesting bits of information, but this one stood out to me. He's also surprisingly blunt when he characterizes Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, products he was intimately involved in developing. "We've had a couple of, sort of, practice runs with phone and PC," Belfiore says, before pivoting to the presumably brighter future with Windows 10, "We now have all the devices lined up. I don't expect to see the platform change again, in the same way it has before." What he calls "practice runs", I call the most expensive failure in Microsoft's - and possibly all of technology's - history. When you add up all the years of development, marketing, the endless amount of bribes cash injections to keep Nokia from dumping Windows Phone, the actual acquisition of Nokia's mobile assets, the subsequent wholesale dumping of all those assets - it adds up to billions and billions of dollars down the drain, wasted, for naught. And the poison icing on this horrible cake? They're continuing to scale down the phone part of Windows even further. The practice run quote made me look back upon the past few years of reporting about Windows Phone and Nokia, about how many of us - myself at the forefront here on OSNews - realised years ago what a colossal failure Windows Phone was, and that small number of people insisting all was well with Windows Phone, how its market share was growing rapidly, how Nokia was doing great financially (*), and so on, and so forth. There were no tanks in Baghdad. In this case, it sucks to be right, because these "practice runs" cost thousands and thousands of people their jobs.
 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:38:46 GMT The Itanium processor
The Itanium may not have been much of a commercial success, but it is interesting as a processor architecture because it is different from anything else commonly seen today. It's like learning a foreign language: It gives you an insight into how others view the world. The next two weeks will be devoted to an introduction to the Itanium processor architecture, as employed by Win32. There's part one, two, and three - with more to come.
 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:47:44 GMT Microsoft's new small print
Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent "or as necessary". You done got Scroogled.
 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:42:24 GMT Microsoft releases tool to block Windows 10 updates
Microsoft has been releasing updates to build 10240 on an almost daily basis since it hit RTM. Most of the patches are important security or bug fixes and rather useful but some have reported crashes occurring as a result of the updates. As we had previously reported, Microsoft has made updates mandatory and automatic, thus stopping users from opting out of unwanted updates or till the update has been checked by other users. A new troubleshooting package, KB3073930, however, allows you to hide or block Windows or driver updates. With Windows 10 being released in a few hours, bookmark the knowledge base article or download the update blocker tool mentioned in the article right away. While one can debate the merits - or lack thereof - of forced automatic updates, there's one huge, giant misstep Microsoft has taken with this: they will also force graphics drivers updates through Windows Update, and without this tool, there's no way to block them. I have had such horrible experiences with graphics drivers updates over the course of my life - from back in the 3dfx days all the way up until my current Radeon 970X Special Overlocked Whatever Edition With Kittens - that I am very careful and deliberate about these updates. I generally schedule some time for these late on Friday, but only when I know I won't have any work over the weekend so I have a few days of performing possible fixes. So, when I checked Windows Update last night and say that Microsoft secretly wanted to shove an AMD Radeon graphics driver update down my throat, I nearly panicked. To be clear: my machine is running the official AMD drivers from the AMD website, and not the AMD drivers Microsoft itself distributes through Windows Update. Had I not blocked this update, who knows what could've happend with possible conflicts or version mismatches or whatever. Luckily, I found this tool and blocked the update - and as it turns out, that was probably the right thing to do. This past weekend, Microsoft forced a completely broken NVIDIA graphics driver update to its Windows 10 users, causing a whole slew of problems. My view might be horribly jaded, but I have the suspicion that graphics driver updates are a huge source of issues with Windows. As such, who in their right mind at Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to force these update upon users?
 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:29:12 GMT On Hurd, Linux and cross-compiling a GNU Hurd toolchain
This article is both a tutorial, a war story and a conceptual introduction to GNU Hurd in which I set up a cross-toolchain, and give a colorful tour through some rough edges of the GNU build system. My host system is Slackware Linux 14.1 (running on -current), i686 - which I find preferable due to its highly vanilla nature, running software almost entirely without distro-specific patching.
 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:51:06 GMT Google starts removing Google+ from its products
People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier. But we've also heard that it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use. So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you'll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won't be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don't plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles. Google is getting rid of its horrible social network and all the means with which it tried to shove it down our throats. Great move, but long, long overdue.
 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:45:41 GMT OnePlus 2 pushes boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be
From a specs perspective, the OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and either 16GB of storage with 3GB of RAM or 64GB of storage with 4GB of RAM. The back-facing camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, while the front camera lets you shoot selfies at 5 megapixels. That back camera also includes a two-tone flash and a laser focusing system. While most of these specs are pretty standard fare for a high-end smartphone, the price remains anything but: the 16GB model will retail for $329, while the 64GB version will go for $389. That's more than last year's model, but after spending some time with the phone, I feel like the price increase is justified for what you get. This phone's got some standout features I really like - aside from its price - such as a hardware switch on the side to cycle between the three default notification settings in Android Lollipop (all, priority, and none), similar to the hardware switch every iPhone has had since day one. I've always wondered why Android phones never included this incredibly useful feature. The software is very close to stock, so it's got that going for it as well. There's downsides too - it's still not truly stock, so yeah, expect update problems. It'll only be sold - again - through a silly invite system, and it lacks NFC and an SD card slot. This is very close to what the Nexus 6 should have been, or what the next Nexus should be.
 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:30:52 GMT Plasma Phone OS, a KDE project for mobile
Plasma Phone OS (or simply Plasma Phone) is a complete software stack for mobile devices and includes the following libre technologies: Plasma Mobile (a Plasma-based shell), KWIN/KWayland, Voicecall, Ofono, RIL, OHM, Telepathy. It allows to run several Qt-based applications to run on top of it, for example: Plasma apps, Ubuntu Touch based apps, Sailfish OS based apps, Nemo based apps. The website is pretty minimal, but the first few comments on this Hacker News post gives a good overview.
 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:24:45 GMT If phones were designed to please their owners
BoingBoing posted a short movie by The MIT Media Lab's Knotty Objects group and noted hardware hacker Bunny Huang ask the question, "What if phones were designed to please their owners, rather than corporations?" In Southern China, where the majority of the world's mobile phones are made, there's a vibrant market for phones designed for all conceivable niches, where carrier subsidies, marketing campaigns, patents, trademarks, and other corporate-serving restrictions are ignored. If there's a possible market demand for a particular design, then someone makes a phone to meet that demand. It's a brief video, but worth a watch.
 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:25:21 GMT Gmail, iOS, and OS X
Dave Winer, like Linus Torvalds, noticed something strange was happening to his e-mail, which led him to figure out what was going on. On Wednesday I wrote about a problem I've been seeing with GMail, or so I thought. Messages that I knew I must be getting were not showing up in any of my mailboxes in GMail. But when I searched for them, they would show up. I heard from other people who had seen the same behavior. And I heard from two people from Google who work on GMail, who asked all the right questions. And gave me really detailed instructions on how to help them debug this. Creepy.
 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:54:05 GMT Ars' Android Auto review
Ars Technica has a review of Android Auto. While we love the interface, we just wish there was more of it. Android Auto only covers a subset of the things you would want to do on an infotainment system. The result is an interface that - depending on what you want to do - will have you bouncing back and forth between two different interfaces. It's almost like installing Windows 8 in your car - you've got one modern, incomplete interface paired with a more comprehensive legacy interface. Android Auto can't control the AM/FM radio, CD player, or satellite radio. You also can't adjust the screen brightness, pair a device with the car, or mess with any other settings. Every time you start the car, it launches the ugly stock infotainment system, and you've got to plug your phone in and hit the Android Auto icon. Expect to switch from the beautiful-but-limited Android Auto interface to the slow, chuggy, tasteless OEM interface a lot. Can anyone with knowledge on the matter explain to me why, exactly, car manufacturers have such outdated, crappy in-car software? And why, even when we have something like Android Auto that could power everything, do they insist on only letting it do a subset, dumping you back to their own crap software for everything else? Why is the car itself running Gingerbread (yes, Gingerbread!)? Why are they so incompetent?
 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:43:51 GMT Firefox 31.8.0 ported to OS/2, eComStation
Bww bitwise works has announced the fitfh beta of its Firefox port to OS/2 and eComStation. Bww bitwise works also announced that they are makking progress porting SWT/Eclipse, and that they are starting to work on porting a newer version of VirtualBox to OS/2.
 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:39:25 GMT 'The Verge's web sucks'
Did you know that The Verge delivers you to around 20 companies for advertising & tracking purposes? I didn't. That might foul up your web experience a little bit. Maybe we should try something different. The Verge obviously isn't alone in this. There's a reason I use an ad blocker.
 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:13:41 GMT Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, still not ready
Aside from the app void and the questionable value of Scopes, Ubuntu Phone is a bit of a nightmare to use the majority of the time. Something's often refreshing in the background, causing the phone to slow down. Apps take longer to load than they should, and even then you're probably waiting on a web app. The gesture-based navigation is unrefined; there are bugs and glitches all over the place; and in general, many core experiences are severely lacking in polish. Despite years of development, Ubuntu Phone still feels like an early beta, and I think Canonical needs to think long and hard about the implementation of Scopes and bump native apps up the agenda. There's nothing wrong with trying to be different, but there's a reason Android/iOS are so popular. Ignoring the headway they've made in refining the mobile experience is, in my mind, setting yourself up for failure. It's taking Canonical way, way too long. If the much further along Sailfish and Jolla can't really make a serious dent into anything, it's easy to imagine this won't go anywhere either.
 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:09:03 GMT Electronic Arts DeluxePaint early source code
With the permission of Electronic Arts, Inc. the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use, the source code to the 1986 version I of DeluxePaint. There are 89 files of C language source, comprising almost 17,000 lines of code in about 474 KB of text. The CHM keeps on doing awesome stuff like this. Also thanks to EA for releasing this historic code. News   [more] [xml]
 2015-07-30T07:38:43+00:00 Distribution Release: Webconverger 31.0
Kai Hendry has announced the release of Webconverger 31.0, the latest update of the project's specialist Linux distribution for web kiosks: "Webconverger 31 release. Two months ago was our momentous Jessie-based Webconverger 30 release and since then we've: fixed an issue with printing; pushed Firefox 39; further locked....
 2015-07-29T22:52:47+00:00 Development Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 Test 2
Alan Baghumian has announced the availability of a second test release for Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0. The new development release, which carries the version number 8.0-TEST2, is based on Debian 8 "Jessie" and offers users UEFI support along with up to date versions of the GNOME desktop, LibreOffice and....
 2015-07-28T23:45:10+00:00 Development Release: NetBSD 7.0 RC2
Soren Jacobsen has announced the availability of the second release candidate for the upcoming NetBSD 7.0: "On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the second release candidate of NetBSD 7.0. Some of the changes since 7.0_RC1 are: OpenSSL updated to 1.0.1p; BIND updated....

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