Kernel.org has been compromised by an intruder gaining root access to parts of their infrastructure which hosts the kernel source code. A number of servers have been accessed, apparently via compromised user credentials. The intruder installed several rootkits and monitored user activity. The intrusion went unnoticed for almost a month until the kernel.org staff discovered it on August 28th. The staff reassured the community in a blog post on kernel.org, stating that the actual repositories themselves are unaffected.
What's been happening in the Zeitgeist project of late? Let's take a quick look...
When the Personal Package Archive (PPA) system was brought out of beta in November 2007, it was heralded as a game changer for Free Software developers within the Ubuntu community and beyond. The PPA system was designed to make it easier for developers to get their software packaged and available to users for testing, thereby speeding up project development and delivering higher quality software. After nearly four years of PPAs, I thought I'd find out out whether the original objectives of the PPA system were still the primary focus - or had PPAs taken on a whole new role, filling a gap that's traditionally been a sore point for Ubuntu?
When you hear about malware infecting computers through USB sticks you tend to assume you're safe on Linux. Theoretically at least, the more we make Linux like a home the less idyllic a fortress of security it becomes...
Having trouble updating Ubuntu at University? MadnessRed has the solution in this guest post.
No-one goes out of their way to lose their laptop let alone have it stolen. Usually in these situations there is a slim chance of getting you laptop back - providing it has your address scrawled on the back like a label in the back of a 5th graders’ coat. Common sense dictates to be prepared and you can be by installing free and open-source security application ‘Prey - which has just been updated to version 0.5.
A new variant of Social Network worm Koobface has been discovered that affects Linux and Mac OS X via outdated version of Java.
Firewall configuration in Ubuntu is about to get a lot easier thanks to a new project providing a graphical front end to Ubuntu’s default firewall UFW and thus making security settings simple for everyday users. […]
The Google Chrome dev channel (as well as the Chromium daily builds) recently gained preliminary support for storing user passwords in the native system keyring rather than, as currently, the built-in unencrypted password store. Whilst […]
Yesterday we were the first to bring you the news about malware being targeted at Ubuntu users, and today, sadly, another malicious file was uploaded to gnome-look, this time masquerading as a theme called ‘Ninja’. […]
Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous ‘waterfall’ screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site Gnome-Look.org. The .deb file installs a script with elevated privileges designed to perform a DDoS attack […]