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Thursday's security updates

cs, 2015-01-08 15:22

CentOS has updated glibc (C6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated mpfr (F20; F21: buffer overflow), nss (F20: information leak), nss-softokn (F20: information leak), nss-util (F20: information leak), openvas-cli (F21: SQL injection), openvas-manager (F21: SQL injection), openvas-scanner (F21: SQL injection), tcpdump (F21: code execution), and thermostat (F20; F21: privilege escalation).

Mageia has updated apache (M4: access-restriction bypass), asterisk (M4: denial of service), ettercap (M4: multiple vulnerabilities), glibc (M4: multiple vulnerabilities), libsndfile (M4: multiple vulnerabilities), and libssh (M4: denial of service).

Mandriva has updated mediawiki (BS1: multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated libssh (denial of service) and php5 (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated glibc (O6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated glibc (RHEL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Scientific Linux has updated glibc (SL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated bsd-mailx (code execution), exiv2 (14.10: denial of service), mime-support (code execution), and nss (information disclosure).

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LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 8, 2015

cs, 2015-01-08 03:03
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 8, 2015 is available.
Kategóriák: Linux

[$] Dark Mail publishes its secure-email architecture

sze, 2015-01-07 21:56

The Dark Mail Alliance has published the first description of the architecture that enables its secure-and-private alternative to the existing Internet email system. Called the Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME), the system involves a new email message format and new protocols for email exchange and identity authentication. Nevertheless, DIME also makes an effort to be backward-compatible with existing email deployments. DIME includes several interesting ideas, but its main selling points remain its security: it not only offers end-to-end encryption, but it encrypts much of the message metadata other systems leave in cleartext, too, and it offers resistance to attacks that target servers between the sender and the recipient.

Kategóriák: Linux

Security advisories for Wednesday

sze, 2015-01-07 18:01

Debian has updated mantis (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated kernel (multiple vulnerabilities), libevent (denial of service), libpng (memory overwrite), nvidia (code execution), and webmin (malicious symlinks).

Kategóriák: Linux

McIntyre: Bootstrapping arm64 in Debian

sze, 2015-01-07 01:05
Steve McIntyre provides a progress report on the status of the arm64 port for Debian 8 "Jessie". "arm64 is officially a release architecture for Jessie, aka Debian version 8. That's taken a lot of manual porting and development effort over the last couple of years, and it's also taken a lot of CPU time - there are ~21,000 source packages in Debian Jessie! As is often the case for a brand new architecture like arm64 (or AArch64, to use ARM's own terminology), hardware can be really difficult to get hold of. In time this will cease to be an issue as hardware becomes more commoditised, but in Debian we really struggled to get hold of equipment for a very long time during the early part of the port."
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Tuesday's security updates

k, 2015-01-06 20:14

CentOS has updated libvirt (C7: information disclosure).

Debian has updated libevent (denial of service).

Fedora has updated bind (F21; F19: denial of service), cpio (F20: denial of service), jasper (F21; F20; F19: three code execution vulnerabilities), python-pip (F21: denial of service), python3 (F19: two vulnerabilities), and roundcubemail (F21; F20: cross-site scripting).

Mageia has updated libvirt (denial of service), openvas-manager (sql injection), privoxy (two vulnerabilities), and python-yaml (denial of service).

Oracle has updated libvirt (OL7: information disclosure).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL4: privilege escalation) and libvirt (RHEL7: information disclosure).

Scientific Linux has updated libvirt (SL7: information disclosure).

SUSE has updated bind (SLE11 SP3: denial of service), mutt (SLE12: denial of service), and suseRegister (SLE11 SP3: man-in-the-middle attack).

Ubuntu has updated cgmanager (14.10, 14.04: information disclosure).

Kategóriák: Linux

CyanogenMod CM12 nightly builds available

k, 2015-01-06 16:22
For those of you who have been waiting for a CyanogenMod release based on Android "Lollipop," the first nightly builds are now available. "We would like to note that at this point we consider ourselves 85% complete for our initial CM12 M release. We’ll spend the remainder of this month bringing up additional devices and finishing up the features you’ve come to love from CM11 – implementing them into the new Material UI."
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Kernel prepatch 3.19-rc3

k, 2015-01-06 03:12
The 3.19-rc3 prepatch is out for testing. "It's a day delayed - not because of any particular development issues, but simply because I was tiling a bathroom yesterday. But rc3 is out there now, and things have stayed reasonably calm. I really hope that implies that 3.19 is looking good, but it's equally likely that it's just that people are still recovering from the holiday season."
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Cuthbertson: NixOS and Stateless Deployment

h, 2015-01-05 22:03
Here is a lengthy post from Tim Cuthbertson on the virtues of building servers with NixOS. "It should hopefully be obvious at this point why NixOS is better than puppet: Both are declarative, but puppet is impure and non-exhaustive - when you apply a config, puppet compares everything specified against the current state of the system. Everything not specified is left alone, which means you’re only specifying a very tiny subset of your system. With NixOS, if something is not specified, it is not present."
Kategóriák: Linux

Security advisories for Monday

h, 2015-01-05 18:47

Debian has updated strongswan (denial of service).

Debian-LTS has updated polarssl (denial of service), pyyaml (denial of service), and sox (code execution).

Fedora has updated claws-mail (F19: man-in-the-middle attack), claws-mail-plugins (F19: man-in-the-middle attack), curl (F19: information leak), denyhosts (F20; F19: denial of service), ettercap (F21; F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities), freetype (F20: buffer overflow), kernel (F19: multiple vulnerabilities), libetpan (F19: man-in-the-middle attack), libssh (F21; F20; F19: denial of service), mailx (F21; F20; F19: command execution), mingw-pcre (F21; F20; F19: information leak), openjpeg (F19: multiple vulnerabilities), python-django-horizon (F21: denial of service), pyxdg (F20: symlink attacks), subversion (F21; F20: denial of service), and unrtf (F21: code execution).

Mandriva has updated c-icap (denial of service), ntp (multiple code execution vulnerabilities), pcre (information leak), php (code execution), and subversion (denial of service).

Ubuntu has updated strongswan (14.10, 14.04: denial of service).

Kategóriák: Linux

[$] OpenMediaVault: a distribution for NAS boxes

p, 2015-01-02 23:44
The Linux community has no shortage of general-purpose distributions that can be made to serve almost any need. But many Linux deployments are not on general-purpose machines; often the owner has a more specific objective in mind. One such objective is to put together a network-attached storage (NAS) box. A general-purpose distribution can easily be used in such a setting, but there are also several specialized distributions that make the task easier. This article, the first in a series, will look at OpenMediaVault, a Debian-based NAS-oriented distribution.
Kategóriák: Linux

Friday's security updates

p, 2015-01-02 16:09

Fedora has updated glpi (F19; F20, F21: SQL injection), mingw-binutils (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-curl (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-dbus (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-freetype (F20; F21: code execution), mingw-libjpeg-turbo (F20; F21: denial of service), mingw-libxml2 (F20; F21: denial of service), mingw-openssl (F20; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), and ntp (F19; multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated libvirt (13.1: denial of service; 13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), ruby2.1 (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), and ruby20 (13.1: multiple vulnerabilities).

Kategóriák: Linux

Purism Librem 15 (Linux Journal)

sze, 2014-12-31 21:37
Linux Journal looks at the Purism Project and the Purism Librem 15 laptop. "The Librem 15 uses the Trisquel distribution which wasn't a distribution I had heard of before now. Basically it's a Debian-based distribution that not only removes the non-free repository by default, but it has no repositories at all that provide non-free software. It was picked for the Librem 15 because it is on the list of official FSF-approved GNU/Linux distributions and since that laptop is aiming to get the FSF stamp of approval, that decision makes sense. Since it's a Debian-based distribution, the desktop environment and most of the available software shouldn't seem too different for anyone who has used a Debian-based distribution before. Of course, if you do want to use any proprietary software (like certain multimedia codecs or official Flash plugins) you will have to hunt for those on your own. Then again, the whole point of this laptop is to avoid any software like that."
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Ringing in 2015 with 40 Linux-friendly hacker SBCs (LinuxGizmos)

sze, 2014-12-31 19:41
For anybody looking for a single-board computer to experiment with: LinuxGizmos has a survey of 40 of them. "Over the last year we’ve seen some new quad- and octa-core boards with more memory, built-in WiFi, and other extras. Yet, most of the growth has been in the under $50 segment where the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone reign. Based on specs alone, standouts in price/performance that have broken the $40 barrier include the new Odroid-C1 and pcDuino3 Nano, but other good deals abound here as well."
Kategóriák: Linux

Security advisories for Wednesday

sze, 2014-12-31 18:41

Debian has updated php5 (code execution).

Gentoo has updated mit-krb5 (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated castor (XML injection), couchdb (cross-site scripting), cxf (two vulnerabilities), plasma-nm (man-in-the-middle attack), sox (code execution), unzip (code execution), and xml-security (denial of service).

openSUSE has updated kernel (11.4: three vulnerabilities), php5 (11.4: three vulnerabilities), and python (11.4: multiple vulnerabilities).

Oracle has updated docker (OL7; OL6: multiple vulnerabilities).

Kategóriák: Linux

The Darkmail Internet Mail Environment

sze, 2014-12-31 16:37
From Phillip Zimmermann and Ladar Levison (among others) comes the Darkmail Internet Mail Environment, an attempt to replace SMTP with a more secure protocol. It has a 108-page specification [PDF] for those wanting details, and code is available on GitHub. "In addition to the usual protection of content, a design goal for secure email must be to limit what meta-information is disclosed so that a handling agent only has access to the information it needs to see. The Dark Internet Mail Environment (DIME) achieves this with a core model having multiple layers of key management and multiple layers of message encryption."
Kategóriák: Linux

Tuesday's security updates

k, 2014-12-30 18:09

Debian has updated polarssl (denial of service) and pyyaml (denial of service).

Debian-LTS has updated ettercap (denial of service).

Kategóriák: Linux

Security advisories for Monday

h, 2014-12-29 19:41

Debian has updated mime-support (code execution) and unzip (code execution).

Debian-LTS has updated mime-support (code execution) and unzip (code execution).

Fedora has updated eclipse-egit (F21: code execution), eclipse-jgit (F21: code execution), gpgme (F20: code execution), links (F20: integer overflow), mediawiki (F21; F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities), mingw-jasper (F21; F20; F19: two code execution vulnerabilities), php (F21; F20; F19: code execution), rpm (F20: code execution), and seamonkey (F21; F20; F19: multiple vulnerabilities).

Gentoo has updated asterisk (multiple vulnerabilities), facter (privilege escalation), file (denial of service), fish (multiple vulnerabilities), flac (code execution), getmail (multiple vulnerabilities), icecast (multiple vulnerabilities), lcms (denial of service), mupdf (denial of service), openssl (multiple vulnerabilities), openvpn (denial of service), policycoreutils (privilege escalation), torque (multiple vulnerabilities, some from 2011), wireshark (multiple vulnerabilities), and xen (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated apache-poi (two XML-handling flaws), axis (SSL hostname verification bypass), erlang (command injection), mediawiki (multiple vulnerabilities), not-yet-commons-ssl (hostname verification botch), resteasy (XML eXternal Entity (XXE) attacks), smack (two vulnerabilities), wss4j (authentication spoofing), and xlockmore (X error).

openSUSE has updated apache2 (13.2, 13.1, 12.3: two vulnerabilities), docker (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), file (13.2; 13.1: denial of service), libreoffice (13.2, 13.1: denial of service), mailx (13.2, 13.1, 12.3: command execution), python3-rpm, rpm, rpm-python (13.2, 13.1, 12.3: code execution), subversion (13.2, 13.1, 12.3: denial of service), and xorg-x11-server (13.2, 13.1, 12.3:multiple vulnerabilities).

Kategóriák: Linux

Kernel prepatch 3.19-rc2

h, 2014-12-29 02:20
The second 3.19 prepatch is now available for testing but not a whole lot has changed in the last week. As Linus put it: "This -rc is tiny, for all the obvious reasons."
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Parallels to merge OpenVZ and Cloud Server

v, 2014-12-28 16:02
Parallels has announced that it will be merging its open-source OpenVZ and proprietary Parallels Cloud Server projects. "Now it's time to admit -- over the course of years OpenVZ became just a little bit too separate, essentially becoming a fork (perhaps even a stepchild) of Parallels Cloud Server. While the kernel is the same between two of them, userspace tools (notably vzctl) differ. This results in slight incompatiblities between the configuration files, command line options etc. More to say, userspace development efforts need to be doubled." The result of the merger will be open source; the name will be "Virtuozzo Core."
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