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April 14, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Big Linux bug, low security concerns

Big Linux bug, low security concerns

This Linux/Android bug sure sounded bad.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Symantec announced a LinuxKernel ipv4/udp.c bug that made the LinuxKernel 4.4 and earlier vulnerable to remote code-execution. In turn, an attacker could exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code. Worse still, even failed exploits might cause denial-of-service attacks.

There’s only one problem with this analysis and the resulting uproar: It’s wrong.

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April 14, 2017
by sjvn01
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Ubuntu 17.04: The bittersweet Linux release

It’s been a heck of a month for Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company.

The company dropped its smartphone and tablet plans. This, in turn, ended to its plans to make Unity its universal default interface. Instead, Gnome will become Ubuntu’s once and future desktop. Days later, long-time CEO Jane Silber resigned in favor of the company’s founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Despite all that, Canonical hit its mark for delivering the latest release of its flagship operating system: Ubuntu 17.04.

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April 12, 2017
by sjvn01
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Canonical CEO Jane Silber resigns

When Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical and Ubuntu Linux leader, stepped down as CEO in favor of COO Jane Silber in 2010, no one was too worried. Silber may not have been flashy, but she knew how to keep the company moving forward. In a way, it was like Tim Cook taking over Apple after Steve Job’s death.

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