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Linux Security Week: May 23rd, 2011 Print E-mail
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Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Security Week Thank you for reading the LinuxSecurity.com weekly security newsletter. The purpose of this document is to provide our readers with a quick summary of each week's most relevant Linux security headlines.

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sec-wall: Open Source Security Proxy - sec-wall, a recently released security proxy is a one-stop place for everything related to securing HTTP/HTTPS traffic. Designed as a pragmatic solution to the question of securing servers using SSL/TLS certificates, WS-Security, HTTP Basic/Digest Auth, custom HTTP headers, XPath expressions with an option of modifying HTTP headers and URLs on the fly.

Book Review: Linux Kernel Programming - As Linux is implemented on increasingly wider number of devices, the number of people responsible for developing and maintaining Linux on those platforms have increased. As the level of maturity of the kernel increases, so does the complexity, capabilities, and size. This book provides the Linux programmer the tools necessary to understand the core aspects of the kernel and how to interface with it.


  EnGarde Secure Community 3.0.22 Now Available!
 

Guardian Digital is happy to announce the release of EnGarde Secure Community 3.0.22 (Version 3.0, Release 22). This release includes many updated packages and bug fixes and some feature enhancements to the EnGarde Secure Linux Installer and the SELinux policy.

  Is Linux Really More Secure than Windows? (May 15)
 

Common wisdom has held for years that Linux is superior to Windows when it comes to security issues. But now that open source is growing in popularity both on the consumer side (think Android phones) and the enterprise side (Linux runs the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world, for example, according to Wikipedia), it's time to push past the adage and look again at the whole "which is safer" issue.

  Free 'Browser in a Box' Runs Firefox 4 with Ultra Security (May 16)
 

Security is an oft-debated topic in the ongoing browser wars, but there's no denying that malware is a common problem for all of the leading contenders.

  Dropbox 'insecure and misleading' crypto researcher (May 16)
 

Popular cloud storage service Dropbox is misleading users into thinking it is more secure than it really is, says a security researcher and academic, who has asked for the FTC to investigate.

  Firefox add-on with 7m downloads can invade privacy (May 20)
 

A high-rated Firefox extension with more than 7 million downloads secretly collects data about every website the open-source browser visits and combines it with uniquely traceable information tied to the user, an independent security researcher said.

  Six new and rising hacker threats (May 20)
 

Hackers never sleep, it seems. Just when you think you've battened down the hatches and fully protected yourself or your business from electronic security risks, along comes a new exploit to keep you up at night. It might be an SMS text message with a malevolent payload or a stalker who dogs your every step online.

  New 64-Bit Rootkit Being Used to Steal Banking Credentials (May 20)
 

Security researchers have come across a new rootkit that is designed specifically to infect 64-bit Windows systems and steal users' online banking credentials. It's believed to be the first piece of malware of its kind that is capable of compromising x64 systems.

  Geek.com Site Hacked Via Exploit Kit (May 17)
 

Geek.com, one of the Web's most popular technology sites, has been hacked and is serving malware to visitors, security researchers at Zscaler said yesterday.

  Hackers, Crackers, Tramps and Thieves (May 16)
 

Recently, we have saw a "hacker group,", loosely known as Anonymous wage a denial of service attack (DDoS) against various companies that withdrew services to WikiLeaks. This was done in a supposed noble defense of WikiLeaks. Now it appears the same group has taken credit for attacks against Sony.

  White hat hacker exposes NASA servers' vulnerabilities (May 19)
 

A Romanian "white hat" hacker has claimed to have broken into a site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and published a screenshot of the compromised server on his site.

  UK student hacker sentenced over gaming Trojan (May 18)
 

A UK university student has avoided jail over a malware-based scam that allowed him to break into the personal computers and webmail accounts of an estimated 100 victims.

  NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center FTP server hacked (May 18)
 

A Romanian attacker known as TinKode has compromised a FTP server belonging to Goddard Space Flight Center, and has released a screenshot of the server as a proof. The files on it appear to be related to NASA's SERVIR program.

  Zeus Sourcecode Leak Opens Up New Crimeware Markets: Researchers (May 19)
 

Sourcecode for the notorious Zeus banking Trojan leaked onto the Internet could have been a strategic move to reinvigorate demand for more sophisticated versions of the malware as well as specialized WebInject add-ons, researchers say.

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