Island System: Ubuntu Privacy Remix Seals off Users

Nov 21, 2008

Ubuntu Privacy Remix (UPR), based on Ubuntu 8.04 (LTS), is a live, read-only CD that seals off your private data from the outside world. It does this using encryption and isolation methods.

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Kerneloops.org Discovers Oops Number 100,000

Nov 19, 2008

When the Linux kernel hiccups, it issues a more or less cryptic error message known as an oops. To help kernel developers out a bit, the kerneloops.org website collects these crash signatures in a big database. The website recently registered the hundred-thousandth oops just about the time it celebrated its first birthday.

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Password Theft at Typo3.org

Nov 19, 2008

The Typo3 Association is warning users with accounts at Typo3.org of a possible misuse of stored data.

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Silicon Valley Spam-Slinger Knocked out Cold

Nov 14, 2008

Russia may not be the only place spam hosts lay in wait. Tuesday of this week San Jose webhoster McColo went offline. The result is that the world's spam rate is now down by three-quarters, at least according to the Washington Post's online service.

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USENIX LISA: Security Theater Plays a Role - Bruce Schneier's Keynote

Nov 14, 2008

The opening keynote Thursday of the USENIX LISA conference in San Diego was by author and security expert Bruce Schneier. In his opinion "perceived security" should be an aspect of all security implementation.

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Fix for Security Hole in Android G1

Nov 14, 2008

In one fell swoop and with an automatically distributed patch, Google and T-Mobile fixed a problem with the G1 mobile phone whereby users could access root privileges and possibly raise all kinds of havoc.

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Yoggie Makes USB Stick Firewall Open Source

Nov 13, 2008

Israeli security firm Yoggie has released its Linux-based USB Stick Firewall Gatekeeper product in an Open Source version. The open firewall products also include a developer kit.

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USENIX LISA: Ted T'so Helps with System Crashes and Presents SystemTap

Nov 12, 2008

Linux kernel developer Ted T'so shared his know-how in a number of tutorials at the USENIX LISA conference in San Diego. One theme was getting first help for system crashes, and in the process, he took the opportunity to present SystemTap.

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