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With the value of Bitcoin once again experiencing a big drop this past week, you may begin to think that malware developers would begin shifting focus elsewhere. Unfortunately, that's far from being the case. Even if crypto seems to have modest value, that value becomes substantial when you multiply it by every infected machine; it really is easy money for attackers. In case we needed a reminder that Linux is in fact susceptible to viruses, this latest malware targets that platform specifically. Ultimately, two vulnerabilities need to be exploited (CVE-2016-5195 and CVE-2013-2094) to gain root... Read more...
It looks as though Linus Torvalds needs a cooling off period. After a number of public outbursts online and raging against tech titans, Torvalds announced this weekend that he is temporarily stepping away from his current responsibilities of maintaining the Linux kernel to work on his personal behavior.  In a post, Torvalds explained that his conduct with regards to how he treats the people that he works with and others in the industry hasn't exactly been productive. Things came to a head when he had a scheduling conflict for the Linux kernel maintainership summit. Although it was... Read more...
Those who enjoy streaming movies and television shows on their devices should always be cautious when downloading content. It has been revealed that several third-party Kodi add-ons for Windows and Linux contained cryptocurrency malware. The cryptocurrency miner is difficult to uncover and is believed to have infected nearly 4,700 users.  ESET, a Slovak IT security company, discovered that Windows and Linux Kodi users who downloaded the third-party add-ons Bubbles, Gaia, and XvBMC, were the targets of the malware campaign. The add-ons contain malicious code that mines the cryptocurrency Monero... Read more...
It looks as though AMD will be introducing a new GPU-to-GPU interconnected when its Vega 20 GPUs arrive on the scene, presumably by the end of the year. The new interconnected, called XGMI, is based on the company's Infinity Fabric and is AMD's answer to NVIDIA's NVLink, the latter of which is part of the GeForce RTX series. For those who have not been following the GPU scene, Vega 20 is AMD's 7-nanometer refresh. AMD has gone all-in with 7nm fabrication, including both future CPUs and GPUs, and is one of the reasons why it recently shifted manufacturing from GlobalFoundries to Taiwan Semiconductor... Read more...
Valve is working to bring more games to Linux users by rolling out a new beta version of Steam Play, which includes a modified version of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles, the company announced. This essentially allows Linux users to run native Windows games without a Linux port or major hoops to jump through. "This goes hand-in-hand with an ongoing testing effort of the entire Steam catalog, in order to identify games that currently work great in this compatibility environment, and find and address issues for the ones that don't," Valve said. For anyone who... Read more...
The gang from Failoverflow guaranteed that the Nintendo Switch would be hacked to run all sorts of content not originally targeted for Nintendo's latest console, once the elite hacker group figured out how to get Linux to run on the device. That hack takes advantage of an unpatchable exploit as it turns out. And now, fans of retro GameCube games can now run some titles on their Switch using an emulator and Linux. The hack was shown off by a YouTube user called Mizumi using a Dolphin GameCube emulator program running on Lakka. Lakka is a Linux distribution specifically made for game... Read more...
A new device called the Renegade Elite (ROC-RK3399-PC) has surfaced as a competitor to the Raspberry Pi 3 that is packing much higher specifications and can stream 4K video, albeit significantly more expensive. The Renegade Elite is made by Libre Computer and will soon surface for pre-order on Indiegogo. One thing not in the favor of the Renegade Elite is the price. While the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ sells for $35, the Renegade Elite will set you back $100. That much loot will get you a hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and dual USB 3.0 Type-C ports, one of which can be used for power input.... Read more...
AMD is cooking up a new batch of Radeon Vega graphics cards for consumers, though most of the details remain a mystery. That said, there have been numerous roadmap leaks—as far back as a year and a half ago, there was a leaked roadmap that pointed to Vega 20 releasing some in 2018. Fast forward to today and there are some references to Vega 20 in recently released Linux drivers. There is not a whole lot to go on here, just some call outs to Vega 20 in a Linux patch file. One thing that is interesting, however, is that there are half a dozen Vega 20 IDs. Here's a look at the text: /* Vega... Read more...
Microsoft has done something that might surprise a bunch of people out there, it has open sourced the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to make it easier for Windows users to run Linux distributions. The WSL sample that is now open source allows distro maintainers to build WSL packages for the Microsoft Store and to create custom Linux distro packages for sideloading. The distro launcher repo is on GitHub right now. Microsoft says that the open source WSL will enable: Linux distribution maintainers to package and submit a Linux distribution as an appx that runs on WSL Developers to create custom... Read more...
When Sony released its PlayStation 3 way back in 2006, it came with a large and very impressive feature list. While Sega introduced the internet to consoles with its Dreamcast in 1999, Sony brought none other than Linux to consoles with its PS3. At the time, the capability felt exciting, and in many ways, completely unexpected. Sadly, what was also completely unexpected was Sony's decision to pull the feature in 2010. The overall capabilities of what a Linux distro on PS3 could provide were pretty modest compared to what we'd expect today, but the ability to install another entire OS was fun, even... Read more...
Just over a week ago we talked about an exploit that took advantage of an unpatchable flaw in existing Switch consoles to run Linux on Nintendo's latest. At the time, there were a lot of folks out there wondering what the point of that hack was. However, the value comes in this second hack that fail0verflow has been able to pull off. Getting Linux on the Switch was the just first step in turning the Switch console into a Linux tablet that is able to surf the web. Fail0verflow has been able to run Linux and implement a full web browser with touchscreen support. You can see in the video that... Read more...
The Nintendo Switch has been incredibly popular and is the fastest selling game console in U.S. history. Late last year, word surfaced of a band of hackers working on a homebrew hack that could allow users to put their own content on the Switch, but that hasn’t come to fruition just yet. Another group of hackers has now been able to install and run Debian Linux on the Switch by taking advantage of what the hackers call an unpatchable exploit. The hackers say that the backdoor that allowed them to install Linux on the Switch can’t be shut with a future firmware update, however, the hackers... Read more...
Intel has been taking heat for patches that it deployed for the Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws. Recently deployed patches have resulted in some systems being subjected to random rebooting. However, Linus Torvalds is blasting Intel for another consequence of its patching regimen. In Torvalds' words, the patches are complete garbage. "They do literally insane things. They do things that do not make sense," said Torvalds. "I think we need something better than this garbage." He made these comments via a public Linux kernel mailing list that included Amazon engineer David Woodhouse. Torvalds is of... Read more...
NVIDIA appears to be gearing up to deliver some new GPU flavor to the mobile gaming market. The only thing we know about this new graphics engine right now comes from a Linux driver changelog that calls out added support for a "GeForce GTX1050 Ti with Max-Q Design." There are no tidbits about clock speeds or other performance details noted in the changelog. The deal with Max-Q Design GPU in laptops is that they are essentially desktop-equivalent configurations but designed to be more power efficient and with better cooling design that allow longer sustained performance over time with quieter... Read more...
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