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Linux Security Week: January 13th, 2014 Print E-mail
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Linux Security Week Check out the new feature on the free Linux Network Security by Peter Smith. 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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Peter Smith Releases Linux Network Security Online - Thanks so much to Peter Smith for announcing on linuxsecurity.com the release of his Linux Network Security book available free online. In 2005 I wrote a book on Linux security. 8 years later and the publisher has gone out of business. Now that I'm free from restrictions on reproducing material from the book, I have decided to make the entire book available online.

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.


  OpenSUSE forums hack raises vBulletin zero-day exploit possibility (Jan 9)
 

A compromise of the community forums for the openSUSE Linux distribution Tuesday sparked concern that hackers have access to a previously unknown exploit for the popular vBulletin Internet forum software.

  Teen Reported to Police After Finding Security Hole in Website (Jan 10)
 

A teenager in Australia who thought he was doing a good deed by reporting a security vulnerability in a government website was reported to the police.

  Glenn Greenwald: ĎA Lot' More NSA Documents to Come (Jan 6)
 

Nearly seven months after journalist and privacy activist Glenn Greenwald publicized Edward Snowden's first revelations of the vast scope of the NSA's digital surveillance, his life has changed absolutely.

  I Spent Two Hours Talking With NSA's Big Wigs. Here's What's Got Them Mad (Jan 13)
 

My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden's leaks on the tech industry. During the 1990s, I had been working on a book, Crypto, which dove deep into cryptography policy, and it took me years -- years! -- to get an interview with an employee crucial to my narrative.

  What a successful exploit of a Linux server looks like (Jan 7)
 

Like most mainstream operating systems these days, fully patched installations of Linux provide a level of security that requires a fair amount of malicious hacking to overcome. Those assurances can be completely undone by a single unpatched application, as Andre' DiMino has demonstrated when he documented an Ubuntu machine in his lab being converted into a Bitcoin-mining, denial-of-service-spewing, vulnerability-exploiting hostage under the control of attackers.

  The Danger of NSA Spying on Members of Congress (Jan 8)
 

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the NSA on Friday asking, "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?" The only acceptable answer ought to be, "No, of course not."

  How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet (Jan 9)
 

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their year from hell--and why the Internet will never be the same.

  Should you switch to a supersecure operating system? (Jan 8)
 

Qubes, a Linux OS, uses Xen to spawn multiple domains and promises to reduce risk with some extra effort. For most of us, the effort would be better spent elsewhere

  Linux Kernel, Font Bugs Fixed in Ubuntu (Jan 9)
 

A huge number of security vulnerabilities have been fixed in Ubuntu, including a remotely exploitable font flaw that an attacker could use to run arbitrary code on vulnerable machines.

  Bruce Schneier Joins Startup Co3 Systems (Jan 6)
 

Bruce Schneier, the famed cryptographer and author who recently left his longtime post at BT, has taken a new position as CTO of Co3 Systems, a startup that provides incident response systems. Schneier, a central figure in the security industry for more than two decades, said he is excited about the new challenge ahead.

  January 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Security (Jan 7)
 

Back when we were kids, "security" meant little more than having a secret password to keep little siblings out of the treehouse. That's still the case in some situations. Take the title of this column, for instance. If you go to the #linuxjournal IRC channel on FreeNode, saying "Lapsang Souchong" will mark you as part of the inner circle. (Note, this does not make you one of the cool kids...possibly the exact opposite!)

  Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract (Jan 8)
 

More security researchers are boycotting next month's US edition of the RSA Conference in protest against an alleged "secret deal" the company is said to have struck with the National Security Agency.

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