Debian Security   [more] [xml]
 2016-10-21 DSA-3697 kdepimlibs - security update

Roland Tapken discovered that insufficient input sanitising in KMail's plain text viewer allowed the injection of HTML code.

 2016-10-19 DSA-3696 linux - security update

Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a privilege escalation, denial of service or information leaks.

 2016-10-18 DSA-3695 quagga - security update

It was discovered that the zebra daemon in the Quagga routing suite suffered from a stack-based buffer overflow when processing IPv6 Neighbor Discovery messages.

Debian Wiki   [more] [xml]
 2016-10-23T09:17:08Z DebianEvents/gb/2015/MiniDebConfCambridge
 2016-10-23T09:14:10Z DebianEvents/gb/2016/MiniDebConfCambridge
 2016-10-23T09:11:29Z JakubWilk   [more] [xml]
 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0700 Free tool protects PCs from master boot record attacks

Cisco's Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.

 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:00:00 -0700 Nino Vranesic: Open Source Advocate and Mozilla Rep in Slovenia

 FOSSforce: What's it like to advocate for open source and be a rep for Mozilla in Slovenia?

 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0700 Wedge 100: Facebook's Latest Open Source Hardware Can Deliver 100G

 fossbytes: Facebook has announced that the Open Compute Project has accepted the Wedge 100 Specifications for their next-generation open network switch.

OSNews   [more] [xml]
 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 09:21:58 GMT Google dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking
When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company's "number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products." And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick's massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts. But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand - literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits "may be" combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools. The web, by definition, isn't private. The web is like a busy shopping street; you wouldn't shout your secrets for everyone to hear there either. The sooner people accept this fact, the better they'll be for it. Note that I'm not saying I'm happy about this fact - I'm just saying it is what it is. There's nothing any of us can do about it, until authorities or regulators start stepping in. That being said, Google published a statement about this, stating this change is opt-in. Our advertising system was designed before the smartphone revolution. It offered user controls and determined ads' relevance, but only on a per-device basis. This past June we updated our ads system, and the associated user controls, to match the way people use Google today: across many different devices. Before we launched this update, we tested it around the world with the goal of understanding how to provide users with clear choice and transparency. As a result, it is 100% optional - if users do not opt-in to these changes, their Google experience will remain unchanged. Equally important: we provided prominent user notifications about this change in easy-to-understand language as well as simple tools that let users control or delete their data. Users can access all of their account controls by visiting My Account and we're pleased that more than a billion have done so in its first year alone. You can opt-out in the Activity Controls section of your Google account settings.
 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:36:05 GMT Nintendo unveils its new console: Nintendo Switch
Nintendo just unveiled its new gaming console - it's called the Nintendo Switch, and it allows you to play both on your TV and while on the go, with the same console and controllers. The introduction video shows very well what the console can do, and I have to admit - it looks pretty awesome. As both a console and a portable device, the Nintendo Switch will use cartridges known as Game Cards. The portability is one of the system's most important features; Nintendo's trailer showed people using the Switch in handheld mode on a plane, in a car and on a city rooftop. Nintendo said that people can bring multiple Switch units into the same place for "local multiplayer face-to-face competition." No information on pricing yet, but it should be available March 2017. It's powered by Nvidia hardware, but that's about all we know about its capabilities. I'm quite curious to see if the device takes a performance hit once you undock it and use it on the go.
 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:08:55 GMT * "Pixel, iPhone 7, and grading on a curve" *
iMore's Rene Ritchie, linked by Daring Fireball's John Gruber: So, everyone who'd been criticizing Apple and iPhone design immediately called Google out for aping it? Not so much. Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this. Surely they drew the line at Google's 2016 flagship missing optical image stabilization - not just in the regular-size, but in the Plus XL model as well - stereo speakers, and water resistance - things that were pointed to last year as indicators Apple was falling behind? Turns out, not deal-breakers either. Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this. Here's a quick cut/paste image job I did yesterday, highlighting how Pixel reviews did, in fact, call out Google and the Pixel for the things Ritchie claims they are not calling them out for. It's almost like the Pixel is being graded on a curve. When you're as deeply enveloped in the Apple bubble as people like Rene Ritchie and John Gruber, reality inside the bubble starts folding in on itself. You sit deep inside your bubble, and when you look outwards, the curves and bends of the bubble's surface twist and turn reality outside of the bubble into ever more grotesque and malformed versions of it. Ever since the unveiling of the Pixel up to and including the reviews published yesterday, everybody in the technology media has been pointing out the exact same things Ritchie claims are not being pointed out. The amount of mental gymnastics and selective perception one must undertake - one could call such exercises flat-out lies - to claim that the major technology media is "against Apple" or "grading [the Pixel] on a curve" is so humongous that I honestly didn't think it was realistically and humanly possible. And I say this as someone who once got a flood of really nasty and angry emails because OSNews had not yet separated the FreeBSD category and its icon from the generic BSD category, so FreeBSD and Dragonfly BSD people alike were furious at me for putting a Dragonfly BSD story in the generic BSD category because it had a FreeBSD icon. I've been around the block when it comes to the kind of reality-warping, deeply idiotic bullshit the technology world can conjure up over absolutely nothing. When I was 17, I went on a trip to Rome, the most beautiful city in the world. As I stood atop the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, looking down upon the countless tourists swarming St. Peter's Square, I realised how easy it would be to lose touch with the people down there if you spent most of your time up here. The bubble is no different. Read more on this exclusive OSNews article... News   [more] [xml]
 2016-10-22T02:05:54+00:00 Distribution Release: SalentOS 1.0
Gabriele Martina has announced the release of SalentOS 1.0, a new line of the desktop-oriented distribution featuring a customised desktop based on the Openbox window manager. Code-named "Luppìu", this is the project's first release based on Debian's stable branch, rather than Ubuntu as was the case with the....
 2016-10-21T20:02:14+00:00 Distribution Release: Slackel 4.14.21 "KDE Live"
Dimitris Tzemos has announced a new release of the Slackware-based Slackel distribution. The new version, Slackel 4.14.21 "KDE Live", is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds with the 64-bit media supporting UEFI. The 32-bit builds will boot on machines with or without PAE-enabled processors. The new release includes....
 2016-10-21T02:06:19+00:00 Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.27.0-1
Curtis Gedak has announced the availability of GParted Live 0.27.0-1, the latest stable version of the Debian-based live CD featuring a set of disk management and data rescue tools: "The GParted team is happy to announce another stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted 0.27.0, patches....

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