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 2014-12-21 DSA-3109 firebird2.5 - security update

Dmitry Kovalenko discovered that the Firebird database server is prone to a denial of service vulnerability. An unauthenticated remote attacker could send a malformed network packet to a firebird server, which would cause the server to crash.

 2014-12-20 DSA-3106 jasper - security update

Jose Duart of the Google Security Team discovered a double free flaw (CVE-2014-8137) and a heap-based buffer overflow flaw (CVE-2014-8138) in JasPer, a library for manipulating JPEG-2000 files. A specially crafted file could cause an application using JasPer to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code.

 2014-12-16 DSA-3105 heirloom-mailx - security update

Two security vulnerabilities were discovered in Heirloom mailx, an implementation of the mail command:

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 2014-12-22T13:19:57Z Galym Kerimbekov
 2014-12-22T11:47:27Z fr/udev
 2014-12-22T09:01:50Z FelixEckhofer
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 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800 Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

ServerWatch: For the quarter, revenue was reported at $456 million for a 15 percent year-over-year gain.

 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0800 Review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

 LinuxGizmos: This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun's tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:00:00 -0800 The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

 EveryDayLinuxUser: Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014.

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 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:25:45 GMT Inside the Intel 1405: die photos of a shift register memory
In 1970, MOS memory chips were just becoming popular, but were still very expensive. Intel had released their first product the previous year, the 3101 RAM chip with 64 bits of storage.[1] For this chip (with enough storage to hold the word "aardvark") you'd pay $99.50. To avoid these astronomical prices, some computers used the cheaper alternative of shift register memory. Intel's 1405 shift register provided 512 bits of storage - 8 times as much as their RAM chip - at a significantly lower price. In a shift register memory, the bits go around and around in a circle, with one bit available at each step. The big disadvantage is that you need to wait for the bit you want to come around, which can take half a millisecond. Great article.
 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:32:41 GMT BlackBerry's surviving, but not as a smartphone company
It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been trimmed from $4.4 billion last year to a much more manageable $148 million. Of course, it's clear that as the business reinvents itself as a software-and-services company, manufacturing smartphones has increasingly become a side project. Pretty amazing turnaround financially, but I doubt it'll be enough for the future of Blackberry OS - even if the company itself survives. I still want the red Passport, though.
 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:24:58 GMT Apple Watch, WatchKit, and accessibility
Ever since rumors started swirling that Apple was working on a wearable device, I've often thought about what such a device would mean for people with disabilities. My curiosity is so high, in fact, that I've even written about the possibilities. Make no mistake, for users with disabilities such as myself, a wearable like the Apple Watch brings with it usage and design paradigms that, I think, are of even greater impact than what the iPhone in one's pocket has to offer. Suffice it to say, I'm very excited for Apple Watch's debut sometime next year. Accessibility is definitely a strong point for Apple - at least compared to the competition - and I don't think the Apple Watch will be any different.
 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:02:20 GMT Flaw discovered that could let anyone listen to your cell calls
German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale - even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world's cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other. Experts say it's increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in the 1980s, is riddled with serious vulnerabilities that undermine the privacy of the world’s billions of cellular customers.
 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:47:13 GMT Jolla releases 10th major Sailfish update
Jolla released the tenth major update for Sailfish today, bumping the version number to the as always very useful and helpful The name of the update, also as always in Finnish, isn't helping either: Vaarainjärvi. Joking aside, this tenth update is a massive one - virtually every aspect of the operating system is touched upon in some way, from the lower levels all the way up to UI tweaks. It's 1.5GB in size, which is pretty huge in Sailfish terms, so make sure to have enough free space for the initial download.
 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:44:13 GMT HP will release a "revolutionary" new operating system in 2015
Hewlett-Packard will take a big step toward shaking up its own troubled business and the entire computing industry next year when it releases an operating system for an exotic new computer.
 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:04:58 GMT Canada court to order Apple to turn over records in iPhone probe
The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to order Apple Inc's Canadian subsidiary to turn over documents to the Competition Bureau to help investigate whether Apple unfairly used its market power to promote the sale of iPhones. In seeking the order, the Competition Bureau said agreements Apple negotiated with wireless carriers may have cut into competition by encouraging the companies to maintain or boost the price of rival phones. It'd be very welcome if the relationships between major OEMs and carriers, as well as between the individual carriers, came under very close scrutiny. In most countries, the wireless market is dominated by only a few major carriers and OEMs, creating a lot of opportunity for anti-competitive - and thus, anti-consumer - practices. Good on Canada for taking these steps, but other countries need to follow.
 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:07:21 GMT 'Tis the season for debugging
Since the last time, the expression parser has grown several new capabilities. We are now able to infer the types of operands, and as such one no longer needs to set the type that one wishes the value to be returned as. A further consequence is that expressions can now return arbitrarily typed values as results, not just simple numeric values. This means that, for instance, an expression can return a data member of a class, and if that member is itself an object or other more complex type, it can then be expanded to look at its internal values. I am by far not knowledgeable enough to comment on any of this - but I do know it's a number of improvements to Haiku's debugger.
 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:03:48 GMT The everything book: reading in the age of Amazon
Hundreds of millions of tablets and e-readers have been sold, but today we're still inclined to think of a book as words on a page. Amazon's success with Kindle has hinged on recognizing how much more they can be. So where does the company go from here? In a series of rare, on-the-record interviews for Kindle's 7th anniversary, Amazon executives sketched out their evolving vision for the future of reading. It's wild - and it's coming into focus faster than you might have guessed.
 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:01:20 GMT Sony cancels The Interview release amid threats
Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it. The film is about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Hackers have already carried out a cyber attack on Sony and warned the public to stay away from cinemas screening the film. Sony hacked, documents released, theatres and Sony threatened by terrorists, and now, the film in question cancelled. Een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht, zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen, dan dooft het licht.
 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:55:08 GMT Amazon pushes a big update to the Fire Phone
Amazon is continuing to fiddle with the Fire Phone's software even after it became apparent that the device isn't selling terribly well. An OTA is going out right now to the AT&T and GSM unlocked devices with a ton of improvements to the camera, battery life, lock screen, and more. Did anyone - anyone - buy this phone?
 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:11:19 GMT BlackBerry Classic review
The wait is over. The BlackBerry Classic has now arrived, and it brings the promise of the speed and performance of BlackBerry 10 with the familiar and classic navigation keys you know and love. All that in a package that is 'designed from the ground up to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can only be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard'. It's a device purposefully built to be reliable, durable, made with high-quality materials, and that delivers on quality and fits neatly in your pocket. From the official announcement of its eventual release back in February at Mobile World Congress 2014 to now, many folks have been waiting for the BlackBerry Classic and now that it's here, it's time to take a look and see if it delivers on all those points. The Classic has officially been released today, and has one of the first reviews.
 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:13:47 GMT The GNU GPL to be tested in court
The GNU General Public License (version 2) is one of the most widely used open source licenses in the world. The GNU GPLv2 is commonly used in Linux distributions and open source applications. Yet, despite being widely used for decades, the GPLv2 has not been tested much in the legal system. Most GPL violations do not result in a trial and so the power of the license has remained largely untested. That is about to change. As posted, This lack of court decisions is about to change due to the five interrelated cases arising from a dispute between Versata Software, Inc. ("Versata") (its parent company, Trilogy Development Corporation, is also involved, but Versata is taking the lead) and Ameriprise Financial, Inc. ("Ameriprise") It is expected the court cases will help define what qualifies as a derivative work and how the GPL affects software patents along with other details of how the license is interpreted.
 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:13:03 GMT 'I don't need your permission!'
Permissions on Android are tricky to get right from a user perspective. Usually you only want to do something minor and innocuous (pre-fill a form with a contact's info) but the actual permission you have to request gives you much more power than necessary (access to ALL contact details, ever). It's understandable that users might be suspicious of you. If your app is closed-source then they have no way of verifying you're not downloading all their contacts to their servers. Even if you explain the permission request people may not trust you. In the past I've chosen not to implement what might be handy features just to avoid user distrust. That said, one thing that bothers me is that you don't always have to ask for permission to do some actions. Exactly, because on Android, you can use Intents. Android's Intents system is fascinating from a historical perspective. Like so many other aspects of smartphones we take for granted today, it comes from PalmOS (and not from iOS or Android). I detailed PalmOS' "multitasking" capabilities in my Palm retrospective, but it basically comes down to this: in PalmOS, applications could 'sublaunch' other applications, let them do stuff, and then return to the original application. Many of the people working on these PalmOS capabilities (some of whom came from Be) would later work for the Android team at Google, where they further evolved it into the Intents system Android currently has. The current smartphone platforms owe way more to Palm than modern pundits will ever be capable of understanding or willing to admit. Want to talk about inconsequential crap beveled edges and rounded corners some more?
 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:37:46 GMT Jury finds Apple not guilty in iTunes DRM case
An eight-person jury has decided that Apple is not on the hook for what could have been more than $1 billion in a trial centering on extra security measures the company added to iTunes and iPods starting in 2006. Delivering a unanimous verdict today, the group said Apple's iTunes 7.0, released in the fall of 2006, was a "genuine product improvement," meaning that new features (though importantly increased security) were good for consumers. Plaintiffs in the case unsuccessfully argued that those features not only thwarted competition, but also made Apple's products less useful since customers could not as easily use purchased music or jukebox software from other companies with the iPod. This was a dumb case and a waste of court resources. Good to see the jury agree with that. News   [more] [xml]
 2014-12-22T09:03:38+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 590
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Trying on Fedora 21 News: Questions raised at Ubuntu Community meeting, Ubuntu phone coming in February, Manjaro shows off new system installer, Mageia gives back to upstream developers Tips and tricks: Expanding on-line ZFS storage Product review: Able2Extract PDF converter 9.0 Released....
 2014-12-19T10:00:24+00:00 Development Release: Elive 2.5.0 (Beta)
Samuel Baggen has announced the release of Elive 2.5.0, the latest build in the long line of development releases that characterise this Debian-based distribution with Enlightenment 17: "The Elive team is proud to announce the release of beta version 2.5.0. This new version includes: Linux kernel optimizations -....
 2014-12-18T22:41:35+00:00 Development Release: Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1
Jonathan Riddell has announced the availability of the initial development release of "Vivid Vervet", a family of Ubuntu distribution that will eventually bear the version number 15.04. This first alpha build is available for Kubuntu (now with Plasma 5 as the default KDE), Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu....

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