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BOO! Grave remote-code exec bug in GNU C Library haunts Linux

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:42
When there's something strange in your gethostbyname, who y'gonna call? Ghostbusters

Security researchers have uncovered a critical bug in the GNU C Library (glibc), a key component of Linux and some other operating systems, which could render countless machines vulnerable to remote code execution attacks.…

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Ubuntu: 2487-1: OpenJDK 7 vulnerabilities - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:31 Several security issues were fixed in OpenJDK 7.
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:24
astroengine writes: Astronomers have found a star system that bears a striking resemblance to our inner solar system. It's a sun-like star that plays host to a system of five small exoplanets — from the size of Mercury to the size of Venus. But there's something very alien about this compact 'solar system'; it formed when the universe was only 20 percent the age it is now, making it the most ancient star system playing host to terrestrial sized worlds discovered to date.

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FTC to Internet of Stuff: Security, motherf****r, do you speak it?

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:04
No new laws yet – emphasis on the word yet

US regulator the FTC says now is not the time for new laws on the "Internet of Things" – but security needs to be improved as we enter the era of always-on, always-connected gadgets, sensors and machines embedded in homes, streets and pockets.…

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How MidoNet is virtualizing open source networks

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:00 MidoNet, an open source network virtualization platform for Infrastructure-as-a-serivice (IaaS) clouds like OpenStack cloud software, is gaining traction as a way to implement networking solutions.

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Greek PM Tsipras names anti-austerity cabinet, port sale halted

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:58
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and halted privatization of Greece's biggest port on Tuesday, signaling he aims to stick to election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and financial markets.

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New Google Fiber Cities Announced

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:41
New submitter plate_o_shrimp sends word that Google has announced the next group of cities set to receive gigabit fiber infrastructure. They're concentrating on cities around four metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. "We’ve been working closely with city leaders over the past year on a joint planning process to get their communities ready for Google Fiber—and now the really hard work begins. Our next step is to work with cities to create a detailed map of where we can put our thousands of miles of fiber, using existing infrastructure such as utility poles and underground conduit, and making sure to avoid things like gas and water lines. Then a team of surveyors and engineers will hit the streets to fill in missing details. Once we’re done designing the network (which we expect to wrap up in a few months), we’ll start construction." Google also said they're currently looking into Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose.

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Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:16
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.
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Another day, yet another emergency Adobe Flash patch. Because that's how we live now

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:08
Update your plugin now before someone pwns your PC

The new year hasn't been a pleasant one for Adobe: the Silicon Valley firm has scrambled to close yet more serious security holes in its Flash player.…

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Army says no decision made in Bergdahl investigation

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Tuesday denied that a decision had been made to bring desertion charges against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released last year in a controversial prisoner swap after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

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7 communities driving open source development

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-27 15:00

 NetworkWorld: Here are 7 organizations successfully promoting and developing open technologies, both hardware and software.

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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:59
An anonymous reader writes: A very serious security problem has been found and patched in the GNU C Library (Glibc). A heap-based buffer overflow was found in __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() function calls. A remote attacker able to make an application call to either of these functions could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the program. The vulnerability is easy to trigger as gethostbyname() can be called remotely for applications that do any kind of DNS resolving within the code. Qualys, who discovered the vulnerability (nicknamed "Ghost") during a code audit, wrote a mailing list entry with more details, including in-depth analysis and exploit vectors.

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Game Hack-A-Thon Attracts Teams At 500+ Sites Worldwide

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:16
BarbaraHudson writes: Video game enthusiasts around the world participated in the Global Game Jam this past weekend. The event is a worldwide 48-hour hack-a-thon dedicated to inspiring creativity and building a working game from scratch in one weekend. Sponsored by companies like Intel, Microsoft, and Facebook, it's the largest event of its kind. All games entered for GGJ are released under a Creative Commons share, alter, no sell license. You can browse through the games and download their source files on the official website, and a couple of publications did quick hands-on playthroughs. "Although the club is focused on game development, not everyone participating was a computer programmer. Artists and graphic designers were present to help create characters and models for the games. The goal of Global Game Jam is to a stir up a global creative buzz in games while at the same time exploring the process of development."

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Police Using Radar that Sees Through Walls

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:08
In the latest example of a military technology that has secretly been used by the police, we have radar guns that can see through walls....
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How to install Arch Linux with XFCE Desktop

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:00

 HowToForge: This tutorial will give you the detailed step by step instructions to install the lightweight OS Arch Linux with XFCE Desktop on your computer.

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Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king: aide

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:52
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security.
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:34
New submitter cdysthe writes Almost two years ago, the Norwegian browser firm Opera ripped out the guts of its product and adopted the more standard WebKit and Chromium technologies, essentially making it more like rivals Chrome and Safari. But it wasn't just Opera's innards that changed; the browser also became more streamlined and perhaps less geeky. Many Opera fans were deeply displeased at the loss of what they saw as key differentiating functionality. So now Jon von Tetzchner, the man who founded Opera and who would probably never have allowed those drastic feature changes, is back to serve this hard core with a new browser called Vivaldi. The project's front page links to downloads of a technical preview, available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Firefox users who likewise prefer a browser with more rather than fewer features (but otherwise want to stick with Firefox) might also consider SeaMonkey, which bundles not just a browser but email, newsgroup client and feed reader, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools.

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Caterpillar warns of 2015 sales hit from falling oil price

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:23
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday cut its 2015 profit outlook and warned the plunge in oil prices would hurt its energy equipment business, sending shares tumbling as much as 8 percent.

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Bowe Bergdahl to face desertion charges: NBC

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion for disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009, NBC News reported on Tuesday.
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How To Add Swap on FreeBSD Unix Systems

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:00

 Nixcraft: How do I add a swap file to FreeBSD system using command line options without creating a new partitions? How

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