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macOS 10.13 vs. Windows 10 vs. Clear/Fedora/openSUSE/Ubuntu Linux Benchmarks

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 02:09

When running tests this week on a MacBook Pro for the Dota 2 Vulkan/OpenGL cross-OS performance I also took the opportunity as part of the fun benchmarking week for celebrating the Phoronix 14th birthday by running a broader set of system benchmarks across the latest macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Windows 10 Pro, and various Linux distributions. Here are those CPU/system performance benchmark results.

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Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Amazon’s Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 02:05

Officially launched on Tuesday, Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is engineered to deliver Kubernetes, the open-source and production-grade container orchestration tool as a managed service on the AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud computing services. As Ubuntu is the most widely used container host operating system, especially for Kubernetes deployments, it can now be used to host containers in Amazon’s EKS.

"The benefits of Ubuntu optimization by Amazon and Canonical now extend to Amazon’s Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) with Ubuntu worker nodes hosting high-performance Docker containers in AWS. This creates perfect portability for enterprise container workloads developed on Ubuntu workstations and operated on private infrastructure with Canonical’s distribution of upstream Kubernetes," said Canonical.

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You Can Now Manage Nitrokey Encryption USB Keys in Ubuntu, Other Linux Distros

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 02:01

More and more independent developers are packaging their apps as Snaps, making their deployment a breeze across multiple Linux-based operating systems, for both end users and package maintainers. One of the last such apps that caught our attention is called Nitrokey-app and was created by Szczepan.

Made in Germany by Nitrokey, the Nitrokey encrypted and secure physical USB key protects your online accounts, emails, files, server certificates, and entire disk drives against identity theft, mass surveillance, espionage, and even data loss. It's open source and comes in different flavors for all needs and tastes. Even Purism uses Nitrokey for its privacy-focused Librem laptops and upcoming Linux phone.

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[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 7, 2018

LWN.net - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 01:20
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 7, 2018 is available.

DXVK 0.54 Brings Better AMD Performance, Improved GPU Utilization

Phoronix - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:46
DXVK 0.54 is available today as the latest version of this Direct3D-11-over-Vulkan translation layer to benefit Wine gamers looking to enjoy faster D3D11 gaming performance on Linux...

today's leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:34

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Linux Foundation: Git Courses and Automotive Grade Linux

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:33
  • Want To Learn Open Source Development, Git, and Linux? The Linux Foundation is Offering a New Course for Developers

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the availability of LFD201 - Introduction to Open Source Development, Git, and Linux, a training course focused on open source software, an introduction to Linux systems and the use of Git, the revision control system.

  • Airbiquity Joins Automotive Grade Linux

    A primary goal of AGL is to help automakers and suppliers reuse software application code, leading to rapid innovation and faster time-to-market for new products and features. AGL is working to address all software in the vehicle including functional safety, infotainment, instrument cluster, heads-up-display (HUD), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving. As an AGL member, Airbiquity will focus its initial participation in the over-the-air (OTA) software update and telematics security areas.

  • Automotive Grade Linux Welcomes Seven New Members

    Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, is announcing that seven new members have joined the project including Abalta Technologies, Airbiquity, Bose, EPAM Systems, HERE, Integrated Computer Solutions and Sitech Electric Automotive. Support and interest in AGL continues to grow as the project surpasses 120 members.

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darktable 2.4.4 and Nvidia 390.67 Graphics Driver

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:29
  • darktable 2.4.4 released

    we’re proud to announce the fourth bugfix release for the 2.4 series of darktable, 2.4.4!

  • darktable 2.4.4 Adds 50% Zoom Option in Darkroom Mode, Better Sony a6500 Support

    The open-source and cross-platform darktable RAW image editor was updated to version 2.4.4, a release that introduces two new features, improved camera support, and lots of bug fixes.

    The most prominent new features in darktable 2.4.4 are an all-new 50% zoom option that was implemented in the darkroom mode to the navigation drop-down and the ability to set the radius when (de)selecting lines in the perspective correction feature. It also updates the German and Russian language translations.

    Additionally, darktable 2.4.4 adds white balance presets for the Sony a6500 Alpha mirrorless digital camera (Sony ILCE-6500), as well as noise profiles for the Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS Kiss X9i, Canon EOS Rebel T7i, Nikon COOLPIX B700, Nikon D5600, and Olympus TG-5 digital camera.

  • NVIDIA 390.67 Linux Driver Released WIth X.Org Server 1.20 Support, Bug Fixes

    The NVIDIA 390.67 Linux driver is now available as the latest "long-term" series driver release for those sticking to that over the newer but short-term NVIDIA 396 driver series.

  • Nvidia 390.67 Graphics Driver Released for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris Gamers

    Nvidia released a new long-lived branch of its proprietary graphics drivers for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems to add support for the recently released X.Org Server 1.20 display server and various other improvements.

    The Nvidia GeForce 390.67 proprietary graphics driver is currently the most advanced long-lived branch, recommended to all users with a Nvidia graphics card. According to the changelog, the biggest new feature of the Nvidia GeForce 390.67 graphics driver is support for the X.Org Server 1.20 display server (ABI 24), though it also improves the script that checks for kern.log for Debian-based distributions.

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today's howtos

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:22

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Ubuntu Containers and Ubuntu Budgie Remix

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:17
  • Ubuntu to host containers in Amazon’s (EKS) for container portability

    he benefits of Ubuntu optimisation by Amazon and Canonical now extend to Amazon’s Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) with Ubuntu worker nodes hosting high performance Docker containers in AWS. This creates perfect portability for enterprise container workloads developed on Ubuntu workstations and operated on private infrastructure with Canonical’s distribution of upstream Kubernetes.

    Amazon EKS is a fully automated Kubernetes cluster service on AWS. CDK is Canonical’s distribution of upstream Kubernetes that automates K8s deployment and operations for multiple infrastructure environments such as bare metal, VMware and OpenStack.

    Ubuntu EKS worker nodes are built with the new ‘minimal Ubuntu’ base image, which dramatically shrinks the image size and security cross-section for Ubuntu in AWS.

  • budgie-remix 16.04 - end of support date

    With a heavy heart the Ubuntu Budgie team today announce the end-of-support for our 16.04 budgie-remix edition from the beginning of August 2018.

    We would like to thank the almost quarter of a million downloaders since we first launched budgie-remix back in April 2016 for at least having a look at our fledgling distro.

    We didnt really expect to support 16.04 for this length of time - we were not an official distro back then but enough people contacted us to convince us to continue rather than the usual 9 months Ubuntu distro support cadence.

    With a rolling release mechanism for all thing budgie-desktop - the GUI, applets, budgie-welcome, themes etc, the latest 16.04.4 is very much different from the initial 16.04 release.

  • Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.04 Operating System Will Reach End of Life in August 2018

    The Ubuntu Budgie development team announced their plans to end security and software updates support for the Budgie Remix 16.04 operating system beginning in August 2018.

    Budgie Remix was the initial name as the Ubuntu Budgie operating system before becoming an official flavor, and its first release was based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), announced in April 2014. Now, four years later, the Budgie Remix 16.04 is reaching end of life and will no longer receive security and software updates starting August 2018.

    "With a heavy heart, the Ubuntu Budgie team today announce the end-of-support for our 16.04 budgie-remix edition from the beginning of August 2018. We would like to thank the almost quarter of a million downloaders since we first launched budgie-remix back in April 2016 for at least having a look at our fledgling distro," reads the announcement.

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OSS Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:15
  • Databricks goes well beyond Spark into complex, multicloud AI pipelines

    Apache Spark was the pinnacle of advanced analytics just a few years ago. As the primary developer of this technology, Databricks Inc. has played a key role both in its commercial adoption, in the evolution of the community’s underlying open-source codebase, and in pushing Spark-based machine learning and streaming into the mainstream of enterprise computing.

  • Spark Summit 2018 Preview: Putting AI up front, and giving R and Python programmers more respect

    It shouldn't be surprising given the media spotlight on artificial intelligence, but AI will be all over the keynote and session schedule for this year's Spark + AI Summit.

  • Databricks Open Sources MLflow to Simplify Machine Learning Lifecycle

    Databricks today unveiled MLflow, a new open source project that aims to provide some standardization to the complex processes that data scientists oversee during the course of building, testing, and deploying machine learning models.

  • Open Source Platform Aims to Democratise “Machine Learning Zoo”

    Machine learning (ML) is hard and it’s messy. It’s hard to move models to production, due to a diversity of deployment environments; it’s hard to track which parameters, code, and data went into each experiment to produce a model and it’s generally something Talked About more than Done in most businesses.

    As a result, Big TechTM has been building internal machine learning platforms to manage the ML lifecycle. Facebook, Google and Uber, for example, have built FBLearner Flow, TFX, and Michelangelo respectively to manage data preparation, model training and deployment in contained environments.

  • Summer of Code: PGPainless 2.0

    In previous posts, I mentioned that I forked Bouncy-GPG to create PGPainless, which will be my simple to use OX/OpenPGP API. I have some news regarding that, since I made a radical decision.

    I’m not going to fork Bouncy-GPG anymore, but instead write my own OpenPGP library based on BouncyCastle. The new PGPainless will be more suitable for the OX use case. The main reason I did this, was because Bouncy-GPG followed a pattern, where the user would have to know, whether an incoming message was encrypted or signed or both. This pattern does not apply to OX very well, since you don’t know, what content an incoming message has. This was a deliberate decision made by the OX authors to circumvent certain attacks.

  • Launch of Phabricator and Lando for mozilla-central

    The Engineering Workflow team is happy to announce the release of Phabricator and Lando for general use. Going forward, Phabricator will be the primary code-review tool for modifications to the mozilla-central repository, replacing both MozReview and Splinter. Lando is an all-new automatic-landing system that works with Phabricator. This represents about a year of work integrating Phabricator with our systems and building out Lando. Phabricator has been in use by a few teams since last year, and Lando has been used by the Engineering Workflow team for several weeks and lately has successfully landed a few changesets to mozilla-central.

  • A Socially Responsible Way to Internet

    We champion openness because no one should be able to restrict anyone’s access to the Web for their own gain and competition leads to innovation and more meaningful choices for users. As Solana Larson said in Mozilla’s Internet Health Report, “a few big companies are closing in, closing doors, and creating walled gardens that concentrate their ownership and control of the Web. Together, we can fight to make sure no one limits our Internet access, experience, or creation.”

  • This Week in Rust 237
  • GNUnet 0.11.0pre66

    This is a pre-release to assist developers and downstream packagers to test the
    package before the final release after four years of development.

    In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a very
    large number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of
    use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users.
    Also, the nascent network is tiny (~200 peers) and thus unlikely to
    provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information.
    As a result, the 0.11.0 release and especially this pre-release are only
    suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.

  • Public Money Public Code: a good policy for FSFE and other non-profits?

    FSFE has been running the Public Money Public Code (PMPC) campaign for some time now, requesting that software produced with public money be licensed for public use under a free software license. You can request a free box of stickers and posters here (donation optional).

    Many non-profits and charitable organizations receive public money directly from public grants and indirectly from the tax deductions given to their supporters. If the PMPC argument is valid for other forms of government expenditure, should it also apply to the expenditures of these organizations too?

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Openwashing and FUD

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:13
  • Why You Need To Understand Your Software Supply Chain
  • What's Next: The Future Is Open Source [Ed: Sites of overzealous patent lawyers decided that FOSS is the future only when a proprietary software company hijacks it]
  • Microsoft’s GitHub Acquisition Impacts Healthcare Open Source Dev

    Healthcare organizations tend to hang onto legacy systems and equipment. Providers that may not have the budget to replace legacy systems are given the opportunity to take advantage of more advanced technology with open source.

    The CMS managed Healthcare.gov has made all of its source code available on GitHub and all of its content available through an application programming interface (API). EHR vendors Epic and Cerner also have open source code available on GitHub as well.

  • Open source’s existential dilemma: the meaning of ‘free'

    Years ago, Donnie Berkholz documented the rise of permissive licensing: a shift from restrictive, GPL-style licensing to laissez-faire, Apache-style licensing. Ever the canny observer, Glyn Moody reviewed the data and lamented, “The logical conclusion of the move to more ‘permissive’ licenses [is] one that permits everything.”

  • How Tech's In-House Lawyers Balance IP and Open Source

    “Patents and open source are not mutually exclusive,” Moore said. “You can do both and do both correctly, but it takes education, especially for people who are newer in the industry.”

    Moore said engineers often join Pure Storage from companies that were not engaged in open source projects, and expect a similar policy. Others are pro-open source, but may not know the benefits of patents.

    That’s one reason why Gideon Myles, lead IP counsel at San Francisco-based Dropbox Inc., said his company educates new employees on both processes.

  • Cryptos Are a Goldmine for Open Source Intelligence, Says Expert
  • UC Berkeley open sources largest self-driving car dataset in the world

    One of the ways that autonomous car makers and companies working on tech for those self-driving rides make their algorithms and simulations better is with more data. Berkeley has announced that it has made the largest self-driving dataset ever gathered open source. The dataset contains 100,000 video sequences that are each about 40 seconds long.

  • Ridgewater Instructors Publish “Open Source” Textbook

    Four Ridgewater College Communication Instructors have published an open source textbook for the Introduction to Communication classes.

    Open source textbooks are textbooks that students can access for free.

    The instructors received a grant from Minnesota State to create, publish and market the book to other Minnesota State colleges and universities communication faculty.

    College and university faculty are responding to students concerns for the increasing cost of attending college by creating textbooks that faculty can choose to use for their classes, saving students money by not having to purchase textbooks.

  • Leap Motion open-sources North Star AR headset design and guide

    The open source North Star materials are available through the Leap Motion website now, including links to a GitHub repository. Leap Motion says that it will continue to update the core release package and release additional AR UX designs, including Virtual Wearables and Desk UI.

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Programming: GitHub Alternatives

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:10

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Overhyped ZIP Bug and FlightSimLabs DRM

tuxmachines.org - Čet, 06/07/2018 - 00:08

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A friendly alternative to the find tool in Linux

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/06/2018 - 23:17

fd is a super fast, Rust-based alternative to the Unix/Linux find command. It does not mirror all of find's powerful functionality; however, it does provide just enough features to cover 80% of the use cases you might run into. Features like a well thought-out and convenient syntax, colorized output, smart case, regular expressions, and parallel command execution make fd a more than capable successor.

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32-bit ARM Finally Gets Mitigated For Spectre V1/V2 With Linux 4.18

Phoronix - Sre, 06/06/2018 - 22:52
While 64-bit ARM (AArch64) has been mitigated for months with the mainline Linux kernel against Spectre Variant One and Two, with the upcoming Linux 4.18 kernel is finally Spectre V1/V2 treatment for 32-bit ARM...

3 macOS Mojave Features Already Available on Linux

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/06/2018 - 22:51

Apple has revealed details about the next version of its desktop operating system, macOS Mojave.

As expected, macOS 10.14 is a major software upgrade. It brings a flurry new features to the fore, like better desktop organisation, auto-changing backgrounds, and a sleek new dark mode.

All very swish.

But do any of those features sound familiar to you?

They might do; many of macOS Mojave’s new features are old news to Linux users.

We’ve written about how easy it is to make Ubuntu look like a Mac before (an article we will update soon) and it’s just as easy to add familiar macOS features to the desktop too, from quick look and global menu, to launchpad and dashboard widgets.

Also: Ubuntu Server development summary – 05 June 2018

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Red Hat Leftovers

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/06/2018 - 22:08
  • Next DevNation Live: Your Journey to a Serverless World—An Introduction to Serverless, June 7th, 12pm EDT
  • Monitoring Red Hat AMQ 7 with the jmxtrans Agent

    Red Hat AMQ 7 includes some tools for monitoring the Red Hat AMQ broker. These tools allow you to get metrics about the performance and behavior of the broker and its resources. Metrics are very important for measuring performance and for identifying issues that are causing poor performance.

  • The Open Brand Project | The end of the beginning

    Red Hat launched the Open Brand Project late in 2017, and 6 months later we ’ve reached a watershed moment. We're wrapping up our first phase of inviting participation, openly debating opinions and ideas and creating prototypes based on our findings. Our designers have drawn hundreds of hats, and their workspace looks like a fedora-crazed hatter’s studio. From here, we're moving on to the selection, testing and refining of final designs. But there is still much work to do.

  • A daemon-haunted (container) world no longer: Introducing Buildah 1.0

    A little over a year ago, I challenged my engineering team to create a “coreutils” of container images—essentially, a utility that could be used with existing container host tools like cp, make, yum, and more to build Open Container Initiative (OCI) and docker container images. These images could then be stored at container registries and used by a multitude of container runtimes. I told the team that OCI images were nothing more than a tarball of related container-specific files, so asked, why can’t we create a simple tool to build them without running a container daemon? The engineers asked me what to call it and I responded: “just call it builder.” The engineers heard my Boston accent and `Buildah` was born. I am thrilled to announce that we feel Buildah is developed enough to declare a 1.0 release, with the intent to continue adding innovation and features in the future.

  • Streamlio Announces Apache Pulsar 2.0, Red Hat Launches Buildah 1.0, Firefox Experimenting with Two New Projects and More

    Streamlio, "the intelligent platform for fast data", today announces the availability of Apache Pulsar 2.0, which is an "open-source distributed pub-sub messaging system originally created at Yahoo and now part of the Apache Software Foundation". This release "adds new capabilities to Apache Pulsar that support easy development and deployment of modern data-driven applications and demonstrate the maturity and enterprise-class capabilities of Pulsar while delivering significantly better performance, scalability and durability than older messaging platforms such as Apache Kafka, as verified in real-world OpenMessaging benchmark tests." For more info, see the Streamlio blog post. Streamlio will be demonstrating the new functionality in Pulsar 2.0 at booth S8 at the upcoming Data Works Summit in San Jose, CA, June 17–21. 

    Red Hat announced the launch of Buildah 1.0 today. Buildah is a command-line utility that "provides only the basic requirements needed to create or modify Linux container images making it easier to integrate into existing application build pipelines". The container images Buildah builds are "OCI-compliant and can even be built using Dockerfiles. Buildah is a distillation of container development to the bare necessities, designed to help IT teams to limit complexity on critical systems and streamline ownership and security workflows." 

  • Updating Wacom Firmware In Linux

    Working with the Wacom engineers has been a pleasure, and the hardware is designed really well. The next graphics tablet you buy can now be 100% supported in Linux. More announcements soon.

  • All Things Enterprise Cloud Native at Red Hat

    At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Copenhagen in early May, we caught up with Red Hat‘s Brandon Philips, to discuss the state of CoreOS and containers as a whole. Philips was previously with CoreOS, which was acquired by Red Hat back in January, and the pairing has focused a good amount of Linux thought leadership on the Kubernetes project. In Copenhagen, he and Diane Mueller, director of community development at Red Hat, sat down to talk about what it’s been like merging the CoreOS and Red Hat teams.

    The CoreOS team, and Red Hat overall has been working closely with the CNCF to expand the capabilities of Kubernetes for enterprise users. One big part of this effort has been the Kubernetes Operators Project, said Philips.

  • Don’t Let Stock Prices Fool You: Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), Macerich Company (MAC)
  • Cowen Says Red Hat, Microsoft Will Be Winners in Containers, VMware Not So Much
  • Analysts Give These Stocks Mix Nod: Franklin Resources, Inc. (BEN), Red Hat, Inc. (RHT)
  • From a diary of AArch64 porter — parallel builds

    Imagine that you have a package to build. Sometimes it takes minutes. Other one takes hours. And then you run htop and see that your machine is idle during such build… You may ask “Why?” and the answer would be simple: multiple cpu cores.

    On x86-64 developers usually have from two to four cpu cores. Can be double of that due to HyperThreading. And that’s all. So for some weird reason they go for using make -jX where X is half of their cores. Or completely forget to enable parallel builds.

  • Working with modules in Fedora 28

    The recent Fedora Magazine article entitled Modularity in Fedora 28 Server Edition did a great job of explaining Modularity in Fedora 28. It also pointed out a few example modules and explained the problems they solve. This article puts one of those modules to practical use, covering installation and setup of Review Board 3.0 using modules.

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KDE: System Settings Progress, Building a Bridge from Qt to DDS, Find your way to Plasma Mobile

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/06/2018 - 22:01
  • System Settings Progress – June 2018

    These past few months have been full of work on the KCMs. Our developers have been able to tackle more and more of them for the upcoming version of System Settings.

    In the process, there have been a few changes to note. Many of them deal with work that needed to change as we went through. The overall vision of a more clear and concise settings page is still the same. However, I have learned that through compromise we can move forward. That’s what we have been doing.

  • Building a Bridge from Qt to DDS

    In our previous posts, we looked into various aspects of using Qt in a telemetry scenario. Part one focused on reducing message overhead, while part two was about serialization.

    To demonstrate a typical IoT scenario, we used MQTT as a protocol and the Qt MQTT module available in Qt for Automation. However, the landscape of protocols in the automation world is bigger and different protocols provide different advantages, usually with a cost involved.

  • Find your way to Plasma Mobile

    The Plasma Mobile project was started by the KDE community with the goal of becoming a free, user-friendly, privacy-enabling and customizable platform for mobile devices. We are always on the look out for more contributors to help push Plasma Mobile forward. However contributions to Plasma Mobile has high entry barrier due to various reasons, among which are the lack of documentation and easily available open tasks for Plasma Mobile.


    We realised that for new contributors these tasks can be hard to find and difficult to navigate through. To help with this we created another task to help potential contributors easily find the tasks they can work on. Thanks to Dimitris Kardarakos, we now have a web-page on plasma-mobile.org which provides a set of question-answer nodes and leaf nodes pointing to various phabricator tasks. This system is based on the code used by Mozilla to power similar website.

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Security: Updates, Zip, Android

tuxmachines.org - Sre, 06/06/2018 - 21:56
  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

    Specifically, the flaws, dubbed "Zip Slip" by its discoverers at security outfit Snyk, is a path traversal flaw that can potentially be exploited to perform arbitrary code execution attacks. It affects certain tools that handle .zip, .tar, .war, .cpio, and .7z formats.

    The programming blunders are present in developer libraries made by Apache, Oracle, and others, which are used by thousands of applications. Patches are available for the libraries, and products and programs using the insecure code should be updated to bring in the fixes and then pushed out to the public so people can install them and be safe.

  • Why Viruses on Android Aren’t Really an Issue

    Android itself is a pretty secure operating system—a statement that has only gotten truer over the last few years. Right out of the box, all mainstream Android phones feature a locked bootloader to prevent access to the system partition. Optional “sideloading” of non-approved apps is also disabled by default.

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