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Malware is a set of instructions that run on your computer and make your system do something that an attacker wants it to do. I strongly encourage you to run attack and defensive tools in a laboratory of your own. Here's how.
The Open Source model – and by Open Source we mean products that adhere to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) guidelines – doesn't, and may never, work for many important software domains. All religious fervor aside, this is a reality because customers say so. We may want it to be otherwise, but the ultimate arbiters in the Open Source versus proprietary debate are customers.
Open source software contributor Russell Coker has been hired by Red Hat Australia’s development team to amalgamate the Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) architecture into the vendor’s forthcoming Fedora and Enterprise Linux distributions.
Less than a week after it discovered that parts of its Windows 2000 and NT source code were leaked to the Internet, Microsoft officials are now finding that a kind of grassroots peer review of its code is sprouting among programmers and the merely curious from all points of the globe.
I recently discovered, by chance, that one regular on Groklaw, mac586, works at the Pentagon. Naturally, I couldn't resist asking if it is true what a Congressional aide told me last month that the Department of Defense loves GNU/Linux.
Several security related problems have been fixed in the Linux kernel
2.4.17 used for the S/390 architecture, mostly by backporting fixes
from 2.4.18 and incorporating recent security fixes.
Still, Firefox is a nimble contender to the lumbering IE. Look to Firefox to take chances on innovative tools that Microsoft won't risk developing. If you're not the adventurous type, you'll prefer to keep safe and stable with IE.
Finishing the lab setup, the benefits of OpenOffice.org and looking to the future.
No, I'm not going all "New Age" on you, this time I'm looking at how computers are going to get a 3rd dimension and how this will change the way we interact with them. The previous parts of this series have been based on extrapolations or previous history. This time I'm looking further forward, when technologies currently in long term development become available and open up a whole new realm of possibilities.
Combined with the Linux-based, telco-grade Whirlwind, Telco Perl brings the power, cost savings and flexibility of one of the world's most popular application programming languages to telecommunications resellers and systems integrators for the first time.
Smarting from criticism from open-source programmers, Intel has committed to release Linux versions of essential supporting software at about the same time it releases Windows versions.
I considered reviewing Debian for this article. I downloaded a copy of Debian 3.0r2, making sure to get the disk with the 2.4 kernel.
Two format string and two buffer overflow vulnerabilities were
discovered in metamail by Ulf Harnhammar. The updated packages are
patched to fix these holes.
Another bug in the Kernel's do_mremap() function, which is unrelated to
the bug fixed in SuSE-SA:2004:001, was found by Paul Starzetz.
I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. MyDoom was programmed to send spam, and it is... Will Darl apologize for leaping to ugly conclusions before all the facts were in? Will journalists and editorial writers and analysts take note and make corrections?
Here is a "proof of concept" exploit for the mremap() vulnerability in the kernel.
Four years ago, OpenOffice.org didn't exist. Today, it is probably not only the largest free software project in the world, but also the most important. On a personal level, it's also become a major feature of my life - which explains this column.
In this issue we cover the launching of Fedora Core 2 test1, a new
online-based forum, as well as tips on dealing with FC2 test1. Rolling
your own Fedora-based ISOs, why Linux uses all its available resources,
and lots of software pointers in this issue.
Infineon Technologies says it is now shipping a tri-core microcontroller (MCU) that can run Linux. The TC1130 MCU targets industrial and communications applications, such as programmable logic control (PLC) systems, high-performance motor drive systems, industrial communications devices such as switches, hubs and routers, and consumer applications such as set-top boxes.
In this month's column, Dr. Migration takes a look at the Linux desktop from an applications point of view. Although widespread adoption of desktop Linux isn't a reality yet, the prognosis is good. I recently wrote an article for LinuxWorld.com on a user-oriented Linux distribution coined UserLinux.
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