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If you're a Raspberry Pi user who's never changed the default password of the "pi" user, then heed this warning: change it. A brand new piece of malware has hit the web, called "Linux.MulDrop.14", and it preys on those who haven't secured their devices properly. Linux.MulDrop.14 looks to be a simple piece of malware, but what it does wouldn't be acceptable by any RPi owner. After scanning for RPis with an open (and default) SSH port, the "pi" user is logged into (if the password is left default), and the password is subsequently changed. After that, the malware installs ZMap and sshpass software,... Read more...
When Microsoft announced a new SKU of Windows for education markets called Windows 10 S, it was very clear that it only support app installations from the Windows Store. Microsoft also recently announced that some Linux distros are headed to the Windows Store, and what wasn't so clear is whether users would be able to install them alongside Windows 10 S. Microsoft's answer is an emphatic "No!" in bold letters and an exclamation point. Microsoft's Rich Turner cleared up the confusion in a blog post. He notes that just because an app is available in the Windows Store does not automatically mean that... Read more...
Microsoft's work on Windows never ceases. Earlier this week the Redmond outfit finally starting pushing its much anticipated Creators Update to Windows 10, but if Microsoft's engineers (and Windows Insiders) thought they could take a breath, they should think again. There is already a new build of Windows 10 available to testers, version 16176 for PC (and 15204 for mobile) as Microsoft works on Redstone 3, its next major update that is slated to arrive later this year. In the early going, the focus for Redstone 3 is to improve OneCore, the underlying the code that all versions of Windows 10 across... Read more...
While it's not that hard to find a notebook preinstalled with Linux nowadays (you still need to put some effort in), what's even rarer is finding a Linux notebook that's branded with some GNU goodness. That changes with the Slimbook. Ahem, "KDE Slimbook". Slimbook is a Spanish notebook provider that thrives on building systems that revolve around a free and open ecosystem. With KDE Slimbook, KDE's own developers were involved in the polishing process, going as far as to release patches to fix the issues that persisted before launch. The ensures that those who purchase a device today will be able... Read more...
If you have an old computer that you'd love to breathe some new life into, there are plenty of different Linux distributions to choose from. None other than the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just added its own distribution to that list with PIXEL. A few months ago, the RPi Foundation released PIXEL for use on its RPi devices, and after a successful launch, its founder decided to invest time and energy into a fork of the OS that can run on regular x86 machines. This version of PIXEL is identical in all regards to the RPi version with the exception of missing Wolfram Mathematica and Minecraft licenses.... Read more...
We wrote just the other day about Zorin Linux, a distro that targets Windows users, or at least those who appreciate ease-of-use and a great aesthetic. Today, Windows convert hopefuls have another solution: Fedora 25. Understanding that it's not exactly easy for a life-long Windows user to make the transition to a completely new operating system, the Fedora team has made the transition to Fedora 25 a bit easier by defaulting the download for macOS and Windows users to a tool that will automatically fetch the latest version and let them flash the image to a thumb drive (or DVD). With Fedora 25 copied... Read more...
It should be safe to call Windows 10 a "great" OS, but we can't ignore some maddening aspects of it including its data mining features and frustrating Windows Update mechanism. More than ever, the latest batch of Windows releases has clued the world into the fact that alternatives exist, and we're not just talking macOS. Free alternatives exist, such as the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS. Some Linux distributions make their goal of catering to those familiar with Windows clear, and Zorin OS is no exception. The GNOME-based desktop is designed to mimic Windows in some key areas, such as by having a taskbar... Read more...
Security researchers have found a rather alarming vulnerability in Linux that could ultimately allow an attacker to copy, modify, or destroy the contents of a hard drive, along with with configure the network to exfiltrate data. That in and of itself is cause for concern, but the real harrowing part about this is how easy it is to activate—an attacker need only boot up the system and hold down the enter key for 70 seconds. In less time than it takes to microwave a bag of popcorn, an attacker could compromise a Linux machine with potentially serious consequences. The vulnerability that makes it... Read more...
Up until Satya Nadella took the reigns at Microsoft, it wasn't a secret that Redmond company didn't take too kindly to Linux. The situation has sure changed over the past couple of years, though. Even the company's massive Azure platform supports Linux, and a couple of months ago, it ported its popular PowerShell admin tool to the Penguin-fueled platform. But now the company has officially fortified its interest in Linux by joining the Linux Foundation as a top-tier Platinum member. It joins the likes of Intel, Samsung, IBM, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Qualcomm, NEC, and Huawei.... Read more...
In late October, we were all alerted to the existence of the Dirty COW exploit, which has been lurking in the Linux kernel ever since 2007. Dirty COW gets its name from the fact that the exploit takes advantage of the Linux copy-on-write (COW) function. At its core, Dirty COW is a privilege escalation exploit that has some pretty serious consequences for Linux-based operating systems, including Android. The exploit could allow an attacker to gain root access to just about any Android device (under nearly perfect conditions). “The problem comes down to the fact that there was a logic error... Read more...
Whether you use Linux at home or manage a Linux server, you'll want to waste no time in making sure your OS is completely up-to-date. An exploit called "Dirty COW" has now been revealed, and while it's not the most dangerous one ever released, the fact that it's been around for nine years is causing some serious alarm throughout the Linux community. If not for the fact that Linux developer Phil Oester was impacted by this exploit, we might still not even know about it. With his own servers, Oester has been capturing all incoming traffic so as to spot issues easier, this one included. While the... Read more...
Microsoft released a new preview build of Windows 10 Redstone 2, the second major update to Windows 10 that's currently a work in progress (the first was the Anniversary Update, which was codenamed Redstone 1 prior to its release). It's available to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the program's Fast ring and it brings with it a handful of updates, including improvements to the Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL) and some nifty Windows Ink Workspace updates.Starting with WSL, there are two large updates to note. The first is official support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial), which is installed for... Read more...
A recent discovery has the Linux community buzzing, and it involves a bug in systemd, an init (initialization) system used in many modern Linux distributions to bootstrap the user space and manage all processes. Many regular Linux users might not even understand what systemd is, and that's because it just works, it simply flies under the radar as part of the OS. For some, systemd is a good way forward. It would be nice to think that most every modern distro has adopted it for good reason. For others, though, it's the target of extreme ire. Whether that's justified or not, there's no denying that... Read more...
Are Microsoft and Lenovo conspiring to keep Linux off Signature Edition PCs? Not so says both companies. The issue came to light after one user bought a Lenovo Yoga 900 Signature Edition convertible with the intention of installing Linux on it. However, his efforts were thwarted, as the machine refused to install Linux. Yesterday, Lenovo confirmed that Linux cannot be installed on the machine because there are no OS-specific drivers for the device’s proprietary RAID configuration. Given that this machine has been designed to work with Windows 10, it should come as no surprise that Lenovo probably... Read more...
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