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  • Fedora 23 abrt-2.7.1-1.fc23 - CVE-2015-5287: ignore crashes of abrt tools if DebugLevel = 0 - CVE-2015-5273:create own random temporary directory - make crashes of processes with lockedmemory not-reportable - detect xorg backtraces from journald - fix thecoredumpctl integration tool

  • Fedora 21 seamonkey-2.39-1.fc21 Update to 2.39 Fixes various security issues, see for moreinfo.

  • Fedora 22 python-pycurl- python-pycurl- - fix a use after free issue with unicodeFORM_BUFFERPTR (#1277488) python-pycurl- - fix a use afterfree issue with unicode FORM_BUFFERPTR (#1277488)

  • Fedora 23 libxml2-2.9.3-1.fc23 Very large set of security issues for libxml2 and a bunch of bug fixestoo#CVE-2015-8242 #CVE-2015-7500 #CVE-2015-7499 #CVE-2015-5312 #CVE-2015-7498#CVE-2015-7497 #CVE-2015-1819 #CVE-2015-7941 #CVE-2015-7942 #CVE-2015-8035

  • Fedora 23 pcre-8.38-1.fc23 This release fixes various bugs when compiling or matching expressions. It alsofixes how pcregrep handles binary files. It also fixes a heap-based bufferoverflow in pcre_exec() when ovector has size 1 (bug #1285415)

  • Visual Studio Code: The top five features
    Getting started with the new open-source code editor. Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, and open-source code editor that can be installed on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The first of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, Sergii Baidachnyi, a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft Canada, will take us through the following features of Visual Studio Code…

  • The $10,000 Dell Alienware Area-51 gaming computer
    Sometimes you see something that seems so absurd that you almost can’t believe it. Today I was checking the related products ads by Amazon that appear on one of my blogs and I noticed a Dell Alienware Area-51 gaming computer that sells for almost $8,000! So I clicked through to Amazon and then noticed that the full price is more than actually $10,000.

  • Tux Machines Again Faces DDOS Attacks
    The popular website Tux Machines has evidently fallen victim to a DDOS attack that made the site unavailable for part of the day on Friday. The announcement of the attack was initially made in a blog notice posted on the site late Friday morning GMT which opened with the line “Tux Machines has been mostly offline this morning.”

  • Take Control of Your PC with UEFI Secure Boot
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is the open, multi-vendor replacement for the aging BIOS standard, which first appeared in IBM computers in 1976. The UEFI standard is extensive, covering the full boot architecture. This article focuses on a single useful but typically overlooked feature of UEFI: secure boot.

  • Mozilla's Millions Grow Under Last Year of Google Deal
    While Mozilla continues to give away its open source products for free, including the Firefox web browser, it is still generating growing revenues. Mozilla's newly published 2014 financial statements show that the open source software group made more money than ever before in 2014, though 2015 will be a year of challenges.

  • How I ended up working in open source healthcare
    By the time I was 23, I was a veteran software developer and the father of two adorable girls. I had designed, written, and managed other developers through the creation of a medical practice management system written in little known, now forgotten, 4GL. What I learned in that process was not to get yourself locked into a product that cannot be run on any operating system (OS)/hardware combination that might become more

  • MakuluLinux 10 Aero Screenshot Tour
    Makulu kicks off the 10 series with the release of the Aero Edition, built from the ground up it offers the end users everything they have asked for, a Linux edition that has a similar look and feel to the familiar Windows environment and is ready to use straight out of the box, not only does it make it comfortable and easy for Windows users to jump ship, but its extremely fast, stable, and extensively tested for many months.

  • How to Install Gitlab with PostgreSQL and Nginx on Ubuntu 15.04
    Gitlab is a web-based git repository management application written on Ruby. It is similar to GitHub and includes features like a project wiki and issue tracking system. In this tutorial, I will guide you step by step trough the installation of Gitlab CE with PostgreSQL as the database system, and Nginx as the web server on Ubuntu 15.04 version. We will use Ruby version 2.x.x, gitlab stable version 8.x.

  • Your guide to 7 open eBook formats
    Electronic books, or eBooks, have been around for a long time, but convenient devices upon which to read them are a relatively recent development. Between mobile phones, tablets, and dedicated eBook readers, chances are you have some device in your life that you can use to read an electronic book upon. That's great for leveling up on how much you read, but it begs the question of what open file formats are out there for eBooks, and which ones are more

  • $89 Symple PC Project Evidently Dead
    Phoenix based Symple PC, which offered refurbished “web workstations” running Ubuntu for $89, has evidently ridden off into the night of no return. Since at least August 24, the company’s website has said the product is “No Longer Availabe,” although the website remains operational. Numerous attempts to contact the company for clarification have gone unanswered.

  • Toys meet open source: 8 projects with LEGO
    LEGO bricks: To a parent, they're a virtual minefield, hidden away in the carpet to inflict unimaginable pain from a seemly innocent barefoot step. But to a child, they are a tool for creatively engineering anything the mind can imagine. And for many, they are our first foray into open source. The instructions with a LEGO set start out as rigid rules, and become merely guidelines as children learn to remix, adapt, and extend the "code" which defines the object being built, and then be shared with anyone more

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  • The Biggest Box Office Flops Of 2015
    Some of the most financially successful films of all time have opened this year, but for every "Jurassic World," "Furious 7," and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," 2015 has also seen an unusual litany of true belly flops at the box office.

  • The Strange Battle Over US Claims In Cuba
    When Castro took power, Americans fled Cuba and left a lot of property behind. Now the claims on these contested holdings — land, buildings, cars and more — are exciting speculators and could stand in the way of reconciliation.

  • The Smartest Thing You'll Do All Day
    This Cyber Monday, buy the gift of scholarship with our e-learning bundle sale. Can you put a price tag on learning? Yes, you can. And with an extra 25% off, it’s a really cheap one.

  • What’s The Future Of Football In The Age Of Concussions?
    Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of the new book"Concussion," and has beenreporting extensivelyon the NFL’s head trauma crisis for GQ since 2009. Her first story,Game Brain, is the basis of a new film called "Concussion," starring Will Smith.She was here to talk about the future of football and the quandary of loving a violent game. Check out the "Answered" tab.

  • What Makes A Videogame House A Videogame Home?
    "I think it’s easy to underestimate the value of having a 'home' base option, especially in open world games where there is a free-roaming element, but it’s a part of why I love certain games."

  • Tonight Is When New York City Needs Batman Most
    “Batman’s Gotham City is Manhattan below Fourteenth street at eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November.” And by that metric, tonight is most often the night that New York is its most Gotham-esque.

  • LOL Is Literally Dead, Long Live LOL
    As Internet language detaches itself from any relationship to off-keyboard action, it’s become less and less useful to tell people what you’re doing with your body.

  • The Native American Tribe That's Betting On Olive Oil
    The Yocha Dehe tribe is growing, milling and marketing extra-virgin olive oil. Though only in its fifth year of production, the olive oil is used in over 200 restaurants – including the famed Chez Panisse. While the story should be one of hope for a long-opressed group of people, some of their neighbors aren't so happy.

  • How Geckos Evolved Superpowers
    These little lizards can see color in darkness, detach and re-grow their tails, and of course, they can walk upside-down

  • Why Do So Many People Hate US Airports?
    Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods in the US, with millions criss-crossing the country, often by air, to get home for their family dinner — and back again a couple of days later. But air travellers in the US often find the experience frustrating enough to voice bitter complaints. What went wrong?

  • The Hidden Costs of Going Freelance
    snydeq writes: IT pros lend firsthand advice on the challenges of going solo in Bob Violino's report on the hidden costs of going freelance in IT. 'The life of an independent IT contractor sounds attractive enough: the freedom to choose clients, the freedom to set your schedule, and the freedom to set your pay rate while banging out code on the beach. But all of this freedom comes at a cost. Sure, heady times for some skill sets may make IT freelancing a seller's market, but striking out on your own comes with hurdles. The more you're aware of the challenges and what you need to do to address them, the better your chance of success as an IT freelancer.'

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  • Sony Unlocks PlayStation 4's Previously Reserved Seventh CPU Core For Devs
    MojoKid writes: Toward the beginning of the year, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to "unlock" the seventh core on the Xbox One's processor, enabling developers to eke just a bit more performance out of the console and offer more flexibility at resource utilization. It appears that Microsoft's move would inevitably be followed by Sony, as reports are now coming in that this will be made available on the PlayStation 4 as well. This subtle change was highlighted in the latest changelog for the FMOD sound engine which is labeled as a "LowLevel API." While the unlocked core could take on FMOD duties if developers want it to, it's now not going to be tied to any single purpose. Developers could make use of this core, for example, to boost AI performance, or any other process that has a heavy computation requirement. It could also be used to simply help ease overall system load.

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  • HTTP/2.0 Opens Every New Connection It Makes With the Word 'PRISM'
    An anonymous reader writes: British programmer and writer John Graham-Cumming has spotted what appears to be a 'code-protest' in the next generation of the hypertext protocol. Each new connection forged by the HTTP/2.0 protocol spells out the word 'PRISM' obliquely, though the word itself is obscured to the casual observer by coded returns and line-breaks. Work on the hidden message in HTTP/2.0 seems to date back to nine days after the Snowden revelations broke, with the final commit completed by July of 2013. In July 2013 one of the protocol's architects appealed to the development group to reconsider design principles in the light of the revelations about the NSA's worldwide surveillance program.

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  • Russian Moon Landing May Take As Many As Six Launches
    MarkWhittington writes: Russia has made no secret of its desire to land cosmonauts on the lunar surface sometime in the late 2020s. As the United States, at least for the current administration, has decided to bypass the moon in favor of Mars, Russia could move to wipe out the humiliation it suffered at the hands of NASA when it lost the 1960s race to the moon with the landing of Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. However, a story in TASS suggests that a Russian moon landing effort would be complex, requiring up to six launches of its Angara rocket.

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  • US Marshals Jump Into 'Cyber Monday' Mania
    coondoggie writes: "Cyber Monday is generally thought to be the start of the online holiday shopping season. We would like to encourage shoppers who are already online in search of bargains to consider stopping by our auction website to bid on forfeited assets," said Jason Wojdylo, Chief Inspector of the U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division in a statement. These online auctions are designed to generate proceeds from ill-gotten gains to give back to victims, he stated. One auction includes a wine collection of approximately 2,800 bottles seized from once prominent wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan, who is serving a 10-year federal prison sentence following his conviction of selling millions of dollars of counterfeit wine.

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  • AT&T Will Raise Cost of Old Unlimited Data Plans By $5 In February
    An anonymous reader writes: AT&T customers trying to hold on to their old unlimited-data plans will have to pay a little more starting in February. AT&T's legacy plans for unlimited data will soon be $35 a month, instead of the current $30, on top of normal monthly bill costs. The Verge reports: "This is the first price hike AT&T has levied on grandfathered unlimited customers in seven years; the plan in question was discontinued in 2010 and as such is no longer offered to new customers. The $35 unlimited data feature is in addition to the costs associated with your voice and texting plan(s)."

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  • VTech Hack Gets Worse: Chat Logs, Kids' Photos Taken In Breach
    An anonymous reader writes: The VTech hack just got a little worse. Reports say that in addition to the 4.8 million records with parents' names, home addresses, passwords and the identities of 227k kids, the hackers also have hundreds of gigabytes worth of pictures and chat logs belonging to children. ZDNet reports: "Tens of thousands of pictures — many blank or duplicates — were thought to have been taken from from Kid Connect, an app that allows parents to use a smartphone app to talk to their children through a VTech tablet. Motherboard was able to verify a portion of the images, and the chat logs, which date as far back as late-2014. Details about the intrusion are not fully known yet. The hacker, who for now remains nameless, told Motherboard that the Hong Kong-based company 'left other sensitive data exposed on its servers.'"

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  • Researchers Create Sodium Battery In Industry Standard "18650" Format
    Zothecula sends word that French team has developed a battery using sodium ions in the usual "18650" format. Gizmag reports: "A team of researchers in France has taken a major step towards powering our devices with rechargeable batteries based on an element that is far more abundant and cheaper than lithium. For the first time ever, a battery has been developed using sodium ions in the industry standard "18650" format used in laptop batteries, LED flashlights and the Tesla Model S, among other products."

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  • Swallow the Doctor: The Present and Future of Robots Inside Us
    szczys writes: Feynman predicted that we would some day "swallow the doctor" and to some extent that is already happening. There are cameras in pill-form that the patient swallows to monitor the digestive track, and pacemakers are now inserted via catheter rather than major surgery. The question is, where are we going with robots we can put inside our bodies. Intuitively it seems far away, but there is already an open source platform for capsule robots. Medical devices are where the money is at when it comes to hardware development. We can expect to see a lot of work in the coming years to make the man-machine hybrid something that is much more organic, sprinkled with small tablets of robot.

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  • Young Climate Activists Sue Obama Over Climate Change Inaction
    EmagGeek writes A recent lawsuit against Obama alleges he has a legal duty to act against climate change, and young climate activists, including 15-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh, are taking him to task on it. CNN reports: "Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh became a climate change activist at age 6 when he saw an environmental documentary. He asked his mom to find a way for him to speak at a rally. Now 15, the long-haired, hip-hop-savvy Coloradan is one of 21 young activists joining climate scientist James Hansen in suing the Obama administration for failing to ditch fossil fuels. 'It's basically a bunch of kids saying you're not doing your job,' he told me here at the U.N. COP21 climate change summit in Paris. 'You're failing, you know. F-minus. We're holding you accountable for your lack of action.'"

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  • Book Review: Security Operations Center
    benrothke writes: Large enterprises have numerous information security challenges. Aside from the external threats; there's the onslaught of security data from disparate systems, platforms and applications. Getting a handle on the security output from numerous point solutions (anti-virus, routers/switches, firewalls, IDS/IPS, ERP, access control, identity management, single sign on and others), often generating tens of millions of messages and alerts daily is not a trivial endeavor. As attacks becoming more frequent and sophisticated and with regulatory compliance issues placing an increasing burden, there needs to be a better way to manage all of this. Getting the raw hardware, software and people to create a SOC is not that difficult. The challenge, and it's a big challenge, is integrating those 3 components to ensure that a formal SOC can operate effectively. In Security Operations Center: Building, Operating, and Maintaining your SOC, authors Joseph Muniz, Gary McIntyre and Nadhem AlFardan have written an indispensable reference on the topic. The authors have significant SOC development experience, and provide the reader with a detailed plan on all the steps involved in creating a SOC. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review.

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  • IoT Home Alarm System Can Be Easily Hacked and Spoofed
    An anonymous reader writes: In the never-ending series of hackable, improperly protected IoT devices, today we hear about an IoT smart home alarm system that works over IP. Made by RSI Videofied, the W Panel features no encryption, no integrity protection, no sequence numbers for packets, and a predictable authentication system. Security researchers who investigated the devices say, "The RSI Videofied system has a level of security that is worthless. It looks like they tried something and used a common algorithm – AES – but messed it up so badly that they may as well have stuck with plaintext."

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  • Hardware For a Cheap Linux Desktop
    An anonymous reader writes: Outside of the limelight of Intel's Core "Skylake" processors is the cheapest model, a $60 Intel Pentium G4400 dual-core processor that runs at 3.3Gz and has built-in HD Graphics 510. Ubuntu Linux results for this CPU show the cut-down Skylake graphics are the worst aspect of this budget processor while the CPU performance is okay if speed isn't a big factor and your workloads don't mind the lack of AVX support. To pair with the cheap Skylake Pentium processors are more Intel H110-powered motherboards appearing, with some also retailing for under $60 while being basic yet functional as a severely cutdown version of the Intel Z170 chipset. If pursuing this route for a budget Linux PC, it's possible to build a socketed Skylake system for less than $200. Those of you who have recently build, or are planning out a new budget Linux machine, what internals do you recommend?

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  • Rikers Inmates Learn How To Code Without Internet Access
    An anonymous reader sends the story of another prison where inmates are learning the basics of programming, despite having no access to the vast educational resources on the internet. Instructors from Columbia University have held a lengthy class at New York's Rikers Island prison to teach the basics of Python. Similar projects have been attempted in California and Oklahoma. The goal wasn’t to turn the students into professional-grade programmers in just a few classes, [Instructor Dennis] Tenen emphasizes, but to introduce them to the basics of programming and reasoning about algorithms and code. "It’s really to give people a taste, to get people excited about coding, in hopes that when they come out, they continue," says Tenen. ...Having an explicit goal—building the Twitter bot—helped the class focus its limited time quickly on learning to do concrete tasks, instead of getting bogged down in abstract discussions of syntax and algorithms.

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  • Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites
    27 nations collaborate on biggest web shonk takedown ever
    A band of merry world police lead by the United States Customs and Border Protection service shut down 37,479 copyright-infringing websites hawking counterfeit goods in the lead up to the Cyber Monday buying blitz.…

  • Node.js sysadmins, get ready to patch
    DoS bug fix coming
    Sysadmins: within around the next 24 to 48 hours, watch out for an upcoming update to node.js to cover off a couple of vulnerabilities.…

  • BlackBerry to bug out of Pakistan by end of year
    Crypto comms outfit hits eject after govt backdoor demand
    Blackberry will pull out of Pakistan on New Year's Eve in protest of its government's demand to intercept and decrypt people's communications.…

  • Visual Studio Code: The top five features
    Getting started with the new open-source code editor
    Visual Studio Code is a new, lightweight, and open-source code editor that can be installed on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The first of this short series of articles, published in association with Microsoft, Sergii Baidachnyi, a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft Canada, will take us through the following features of Visual Studio Code:…

  • Guess who doesn't do cyber resilience testing? Yep, air traffic control
    ...and the National Grid
    Analysis Although Chancellor George Osborne recently spoke of the National Grid, hospitals and air traffic control as being potential targets of online attacks in a recent high-profile speech at GCHQ, only the financial services sector runs comprehensive stress tests.…

  • Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective
    Talking about a bungled murder inquiry? You'll be targeted under terror powers
    A former detective for Police Scotland who raised concerns regarding a bungled murder inquiry, and was subsequently targeted by anti-terrorism powers, has stated he will follow his complaint through to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.…

  • Italians to spend €150m ... snooping on PS4 jabber
    Vulgar, misogynist, violent, barely literate threats? Let's play Terrorists or Teens!
    Italian counter-terror agents are to monitor Sony's PlayStation Network for jihadi chatter, according to the nation's justice minister, following alarmingly silly reports that a PS4 was used to coordinate the terrorist attacks in Paris.…

  • KCOM: We're selling our national network assets...
    Apart from Hull and East Yorkshire. We're sticking with those babies
    Tech-integrator-cum-comms-provider KCOM Group has slapped a for sale sign on its national network infrastructure (except in Hull and East Yorkhire) as management continues to reshape the organisation.…

  • Connected smart cars are easily trackable, warns infosec bod
    Your car rolls along shouting 'I'M HERE' to world+dog
    Black Hat Europe Upcoming connected cars that communicate with other vehicles or roadside systems might easily be tracked even by snoopers with limited resources unless the technology is tweaked, an expert in automated and connected vehicle cybersecurity warns.…

  • Ice cold: How hard man of storage made Everest climb look easy
    Rack 'em and stack 'em: The only thing in the cloud was Sagarmatha’s peak
    Feature It’s terrifyingly real, so true to life you are convinced the climbers are there, actually crossing the aluminium ladder bridge, poised above the terrifying drop of a Khumbu Glacier’s ice-fall crevasse in Everest’s Western Cwm.…

  • Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court
    Chap leaves job, passwords become p@sswords, backup tapes ignored and he's the one to blame?
    A sysadmin has taken to Reddit to tell the tale of a boss from hell, who has demanded – with legal letters – that he or she provide services for five years after leaving a job.…

  • VPN users menaced by port forwarding blunder
    Torrent users especially exposed by IPSec, PPTP and OpenVPN mess, we're told
    Virtual Private Network (VPN) protocols have a design flaw that can be potentially exploited by snoops to identify some users' real IP addresses.…

  • Walmart spied on workers' Tweets, blogs before protests
    Defence contractor Lockheed Martin provided intelligence services before Black Friday
    Walmart has recruited aerospace, defence and security concern Lockheed Martin to comb open source intelligence in the lead up to Black Friday union protests, Bloomberg reports.…

  • OLPC's modular heir hits the crowdfunding trail
    The only thing slower than the original XO is the timeline for delivery of new kiddie-tab
    One Education, the Australian offshoot of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, has hit the crowdfunding trail to find the resources needed to build its heir to the project's XO computer.…

  • Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo
    1Gbps demo was a lovely light bulb moment, but where are the standards?
    We've talked about Li-Fi – using modulated LEDs as data channels – before at The Register, but last week's announcements warrant revisiting the idea.…

  • Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand
    Cute canines safe, 'Potentially unwanted programs' now nixed by System Centre or Forefront
    Remond has updated its paid System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection services with a feature to kill spammy and advertising injecting programs operating from within enterprise networks.…

  • Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims
    Doll leaks data, even before the tear-downs are finished
    Back in February, The Register queried the security and privacy implications of Mattel's “Hello Barbie”, and now the doll has hit the shelves, a prominent security researcher has turned up the first security problems with the toy.…

  • Telegram Messenger delivers candygrams to stalkers
    Too easy to work out who's talking to whom, says researcher
    Mere days after opsec expert The Grugq warned that popular messaging app Telegram Messenger couldn't be regarded as secure, another researcher has demonstrated how its metadata leaks expose users to stalking.…

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