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Linux Security Week: July 29th, 2013 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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Securing a Linux Web Server - With the significant prevalence of Linux web servers globally, security is often touted as a strength of the platform for such a purpose. However, a Linux based web server is only as secure as its configuration and very often many are quite vulnerable to compromise. While specific configurations vary wildly due to environments or specific use, there are various general steps that can be taken to insure basic security considerations are in place.

Password guessing with Medusa 2.0 - Medusa was created by the fine folks at foofus.net, in fact the much awaited Medusa 2.0 update was released in February of 2010. For a complete change log please visit http://www.foofus.net/jmk/medusa/changelog


  Apple Developer Forum Hack Explained (Jul 23)
 

Turkish security researcher said his bug report wasn't malicious, disputes Apple's claim that attack compromised information on iOS and Mac OS X developers.

  Ubuntu forum defaced, breached by hackers (Jul 22)
 

A website dedicated to discussion of the Ubuntu Linux distribution was breached on Saturday, with hackers gaining access to encrypted passwords and email addresses.

  Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks (Jul 25)
 

Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV's chassis.

  Chrome, Linux users more likely to ignore browser security warnings Read more: Chrome, Linux users (Jul 22)
 

Chrome users are far more likely to ignore security warnings than users of the Firefox browser. The findings were outlined in a new study titled "Alice in Warningland: A Large-Scale Field Study of Browser Security Warning Effectiveness" that can be downloaded here (pdf).

  Does the NSA's SE Linux code need a review? (Jul 25)
 

In the wake of the recent revelations that America's National Security Agency is spying on all and sundry, is it time for the Linux community to take another good, hard look at the NSA-developed Security Enhanced Linux?

  Cisco buys cybersecurity firm Sourcefire (Jul 23)
 

Cisco has announced a deal worth $2.7bn for security firm Sourcefire in a move designed to help the network giant boost the built-in security of its products to protect customers from rising cyber threats.

  Oi, Google, you ate all our Wi-Fi keys (Jul 23)
 

Privacy experts have urged Google to allow Android users' to encrypt their backups in the wake of the NSA PRISM surveillance flap.

  NSA Implements Two-Man Control for Sysadmins (Jul 24)
 

In an effort to lock the barn door after the horse has escaped, the NSA is implementing two-man control for sysadmins: NSA chief Keith Alexander said his agency had implemented a "two-man rule," under which any system administrator like Snowden could only access or move key information with another administrator present. With some 15,000 sites to fix, Alexander said, it would take time to spread across the whole agency.

  Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys (Jul 24)
 

Whether the FBI and NSA have the legal authority to obtain the master keys that companies use for Web encryption remains an open question, but it hasn't stopped the U.S. government from trying.

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 Updates Server Security and MySQL (Jul 22)
 

Linux vendor Red Hat is updating its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL) platform with a new beta release.

  How to avoid a social engineering attack at Black Hat and Def Con (Jul 26)
 

Some of the world's most skilled social engineers and hackers head to Las Vegas next week for Black Hat and Def Con. Heed these nine tips and avoid becoming a victim yourself while at the events

  Code-breaker Karsten Nohl: ‘Phone users can't do much against SIM hackers' (Jul 23)
 

Renowned German code-breaker Karsten Nohl, who uncovered a design flaw in around 750 million SIM cards around the world leaving them vulnerable to hack attacks, told RT that phone users are helpless against hackers.

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